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General Discussion / Re: Windows Upgrade
« on: August 16, 2018, 08:10:54 pm »
So, I found out today that Windows 10 doesn't always automatically find your DVD drive. My mom's computer wasn't finding her drive, and she wanted to use it. So, the fun of searching for help online began. (the "help" thing in Windows usually isn't any help, so I didn't bother) I wound up having to uninstall all of the ATA/IDE controllers so that it would find the SATA DVD-RW drive. I've installed various versions of Windows, from 98 to 10, lots of Linux distros, BSD, Solaris, and I've never had an OS not find an internal CD or DVD drive. So, that makes Windows 10 officially the dumbest OS I've ever installed. (in case there was any doubt :P )

I'm just glad I bought an external DVD drive for my desktop, which didn't come with one and lacks bays to install one. I plugged that in with the provided USB cable, popped in a disc and it worked like a champ in Win10. Of course, there was no issue in Peppermint 9 either, but I wasn't expecting any. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Windows (DaaS)
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:35:17 am »
I explained the reasons behind my prediction. But, that was, of course, just my opinion. As I said, they've steered away from the stupid before. Doesn't necessarily mean it will happen again. However, they have to care at least somewhat about the PC market, since it's their strongest market. The PS4 has been majorly outselling the XBOX One since launch and, without any competition from Nintendo, has dominated the home console market. Android powered devices have a clear lead in the mobile device market, with Apple second and Microsoft a distant third. And, I've read reviews saying the new Surface Go is underpowered at $400. You can get a decent 'droid for much less, and an iPad for not a whole lot more. So, it would be in Microsoft's best interest to keep PC users happy. If they lose that market, it's game over for them.

What's 32-bit? :P

General Discussion / Re: Windows (DaaS)
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:12:14 pm »
I think Microsoft wouldn't be that stupid, and there is precedent to back that up. There were two features on the XBOX One that were (hotly) discussed prior to launch. One was a need for the console to always be online, the other was charging a registration fee for used games you can buy in stores. Due to public backlash, neither feature was a reality at launch. Another thing hotly debated was that you had to buy (and, presumably, use) the Kinect camera/microphone with the early consoles. This hurt sales and Microsoft finally relented and started releasing consoles without the camera. (I wouldn't buy one with mandatory Kinect) So, even if they did announce a requirement to pay a fee to use Windows, I don't think they would implement it, as public outcry would be severe.

Hardware / Re: NVIDIA question (Answered)
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:49:47 pm »
Well, it's running on a 43 inch Sanyo TV, probably 60 Hz.

I got it hooked up and updated earlier, including updating a couple dozen or more Steam games. It's working great, so I'm going to keep P7 on it until it absolutely has to be upgraded. :)

New Users / Re: Update Manager
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:37:09 am »
No problem at all. Welcome to Peppermint. :)

New Users / Re: Update Manager
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:00:22 am »
Yes, you should install them all. The updater is from Mint, and the levels 1-5 thing is their thing. Peppermint doesn't follow their ethos, but we like the updater. So, we recommend installing all updates.

Hardware / Re: NVIDIA question
« on: August 11, 2018, 02:47:45 am »
Thanks, bro. I guess that answers my question. ;)

Having said that - you have Pep 7 - it works - Keep it  :)

That's actually how I'm leaning. It's good for a couple more years and it's such a pill to backup and restore (or re-download) my Steam library.

Hardware / NVIDIA question (Answered)
« on: August 10, 2018, 08:14:05 pm »
Hey all,

I have a question for the fine folks running Peppermint 9 and NVIDIA graphics. I bought a game the other day (Star Traders: Frontiers) and it's Linux compatible. Anywho, I've been playing the game on Windows 10 since I had issues with the AMD Pro driver on my desktop in Peppermint 9. However, I was thinking of resurrecting my Alienware Steam Machine tomorrow night, as I won't be working and I love to tinker with stuff. Anyway, the Steam Machine has NVIDIA graphics (GeForce 860M) and Peppermint 7. Now, I know the latest NVIDIA drivers and Linux kernel haven't been playing nice, so my question is: Did Linus Torvalds and NVIDIA ever pull their heads out of their butts and fix it? Or will I still run into issues with Peppermint 9 and the NVIDIA proprietary driver? Just asking. If need be, I can leave Peppermint 7 on the Steam Machine.

Yeah, if you have the other distro in place, you should be able to just run the update-grub command and make it appear.

No problem. We all forget steps from time to time. 8)

It's actually not that hard with most distributions, but it does require prior planning. To make sure Peppermint boots first, you want to use the GRUB install that Peppermint installed. That should reside at the beginning of the drive it's on. To leave, that alone, you don't want to overwrite it with the GRUB for the distro you're installing. Fortunately, most distros give you an option to install GRUB wherever you want it, some even give you the option of not installing it. While not installing it does work, I generally prefer to install GRUB for the other distribution I'm installing to that distribution's own / partition. When you're installing, just select that partition for the GRUB installation and install the OS. If done properly, when you reboot, you'll go straight into Peppermint with no GRUB menu. To get the GRUB menu to pop up, and also to get Peppermint's GRUB to find the other distribution, you need to open a terminal and run this command:

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sudo update-grub

After you do that and you reboot, you should have a GRUB menu and, below the options for Peppermint, you'll have the other distribution listed. Peppermint will still be the default, but you can use the arrow keys to select and boot the other distribution.  8)

Software & Applications / Re: File migration
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:37:33 pm »
Yeah, backing up is always sound advice. A few years ago, I got adventurous and tried a PC-BSD derivative. I don't know exactly what happened, but somehow I managed to wipe my entire hard drive, including Peppermint and my backup partition. That's why I recommend using an external drive.

Software & Applications / Re: File migration
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:41:21 pm »
It depends where they are. If they're on any partitions that Peppermint will overwrite during install, then they will be overwritten. Your best bet is to backup any important files to a partition that Peppermint won't use or, preferably, a separate drive. Personally, I like to use flash drives for this.

General Discussion / Re: WinPaks Any one use them ?
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:30:03 pm »
Most of the time I just gave up on Wine...

I've been there plenty of times.

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