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Hardware / How to enable scrolling on 2 year old laptop touchpad
« on: April 26, 2016, 07:44:23 pm »
I'm running three distros on this two year old Dell laptop: Peppermint 6, LMDE 2, Manjaro. None of them support scrolling on my touchpad, so I'm guessing I need a synaptic driver. Any ideas?  Here is output from "inxi -Fx" and "lshw" respectively:

peppermint-linux X11 # inxi -Fx
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System:    Host: peppermint-linux Kernel: 3.16.0-70-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six
Machine:   System: Dell product: Inspiron 3531 version: A01 serial: 1R6S502
           Mobo: Dell model: 0NJFRV version: A00 serial: .1R6S502.CN1296649O04AF. Bios: Dell version: A01 date: 05/06/2014
CPU:       Quad core Intel Pentium CPU N3530 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 17305.6
           Clock Speeds: 1: 609.469 MHz 2: 902.867 MHz 3: 499.826 MHz 4: 499.826 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display bus-ID: 00:02.0
           X.org: 1.16.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root
Audio:     Card: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-70-generic
Network:   Card: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 38:b1:db:77:2d:a2
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (4.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB temp: 38C
Partition: ID: / size: 118G used: 20G (18%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 4.17GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 54.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 160 Uptime: 1:06 Memory: 594.2/3839.6MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17


peppermint-linux X11 # lshw|more
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peppermint-linux          
    description: Portable Computer
    product: Inspiron 3531 (Inspiron 3531)
    vendor: Dell Inc.
    version: A01
    serial: 1R6S502
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 vsyscall32
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=portable family=00 sku=Inspiron 3531 uuid
=44454C4C-5200-1036-8053-B1C04F353032
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: 0NJFRV
       vendor: Dell Inc.
       physical id: 0
       version: A00
       serial: .1R6S502.CN1296649O04AF.
       slot: Type2 - Board Chassis Location
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: Dell Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: A01
          date: 05/06/2014
          size: 64KiB
          capacity: 3008KiB
          capabilities: pci pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int13flo
ppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13flo
ppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi us
b biosbootspecification netboot
     *-cpu
          description: CPU
          product: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU  N3530  @ 2.16GHz
          vendor: Intel Corp.
          physical id: 4
          bus info: cpu@0
          version: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU  N3530  @ 2.16GHz
          slot: CPU 1
          size: 2541MHz
          capacity: 2541MHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 83MHz

Thanks for any suggestions. It looks like I'm missing needed synaptic drivers on all three systems.

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Thanks! Yeah, I understand your directions clearly.  It is too late for me to apply them for this instance, as I wiped out the corrupted installation (fortunately, I had no critical / important data on that partition. I will do some research on the shadow corruption and store your information for future reference.  Thanks again.

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Installation / Could not login - authenticated, but logged out immediately
« on: December 01, 2015, 09:25:41 pm »
I've had a Peppermint 6 partition on my laptop for about a year. For some reason, after the latest patches/updates, I could no longer log in with my username. Actually, I could log in, and then would immediately be thrown another login prompt box. I tried to get access via a root recovery boot, but was unable to reset my password via the "passwd" command.  Got a box telling me that "/etc/shadow was inaccessible, try later". Pain in the arse. Anyway, I ended up downloading and reinstalling Peppermint on the old partition, from which I'm now typing this. Is there a way to get root access somehow to change/disable a nonfunctional login procedure? I have no idea why/how this occurred, except after a recent update a few days back it began happening. Perhaps there are system logs or some such that could be accessed via the root recovery boot that would give me a clue?  Sorry for the vague synopsis. Any help would be appreciated.  Hate wiping out a whole system partition due to a screwy login malfunction. The new installation does an auto-login, as I don't want to go through this again.

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General Discussion / Re: Having issues with Flash in Firefox?
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:37:35 pm »
Flash NEEDS to die, but trying to kill it by making it difficult for users to access it (when massive chunks of the web still use it) is a ****ing stupid idea.

It needs developers to be talked into stopping using it, and replacing their current flash content .. this isn't a user generated problem, so why are they being targeted for the hit ::)

I agree with this.  I'm a big fan of bicycle racing - a survivor of the Lance Armstrong debacle, even as an Austinite - and paid a fee to NBC Sports for network coverage (both live and replays) of the Tour de France, which began on July 4 and continues until the end of the month.  This flash debacle started after one week into my subscription, and unfortunately, NBC Sports uses Flash.  Most of my browsers on various computers (Firefox,Chrome, Chromium, Safari, and Midori) had to be reconfigured/updated in order for my subscription to work.  If content providers still use Flash, something needs to be done to get them to reconfigure their servers before interrupting access to downstream paying clientele.

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