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Maybe the 4 Boot devices are hardcoded in BIOS (f10).

Yes, that's always been the "traditional" way of things in BIOS. (Now with UEFI we're not even supposed to call it BIOS any more, it's "system firmware" or something, isn't it?)

rickc, you could wipe the drive completely and the windows recovery and UEFI partitions would be gone. I'd hope that then the system firmware would stop its windows bull...

Cheers, yes I suspect I could do that somehow, although I don't want to lose windows altogether. 

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I did wipe windows altogether, and then it wouldnt boot at all without going into f9 first.  I don't think erasing windows erases the windows boot manager.  A separate partition has the windows recovery, which you can't touch




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Switching boot order is impossible with this laptop.  I have to press f9 every time to change boot order, only then will it see my other partition.  I've tried everything and been helped on other forums.  It's not the only laptop with this issue   I've got http://support.hp.com/gb-en/product/HP-Pavilion-15-ab200-Notebook-PC-series/8499306/model/9093456/product-info

eg, efitbootmnr appears to work, but when you reboot the bios changes everything back again

I'm used to it now and life is too short to spend more time on it! I've been advised that the only solution is to attempt to change windows boot manager. No thanks!


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Hi all

I posted a bit here six or 7 months back, having loved P6. Unfortunately, I treated myself to a new laptop ( it's HP - trust me - don't get one!! ) and P6 didn't support my wifi.

The official buntus did. so I've had to make do til p7 came out.   

I was unable to settle !  Must admit, KDE is now amazing, a lovely desktop environment.   It's also slow and buggy.   I've learned a bit about linux during this time, and now have three linux partitions sharing with windows 10.   I found that the additional drivers tool is dead in Kubuntu.  I was surprised how much Ubuntu (Unity) has improved since I first saw it and hated it.  I merrily used it for a week, then realised I was struggling to find my apps!   Mate was enjoyable for a time but felt a little old fashioned somehow. As with Ubuntu, I can't get on with gnome 3

I find it madness that new laptops like mine have 2TB hard drive.   I'm finding I do more - and store more, online now.  There's much less need now for more memory, and installing a new OS is easier now because of that.  That said, I'm not ready for cloud only.  I like my music on my hard drive and I prefer a proper office app...and some steam gaming

The ice integration with this distro is extremely cool.  Now using it again, I realised I'd missed it.  Not seen it in other distros, and I've no idea why.

My early impression of P7 is  that it is extremely stable and reliable.  For reasons I don't really get, it is more so than the official buntu flavours.  Must admit I didn't like the default theme and icon this time (I thought p6 was great) - but changing it to my liking was enjoyable and easy.

Despite only a few days of use, this is already my main OS for everyday use.  What other distros do you use? I have netrunner (buggy but so cool) and Bodhi (still not sure what I think of it!) on my other partitions

But trust me...this laptop is a nightmare for dual booting.  Oh well, we live and we learn!! Anyway, good to be back!

Cheers
Rick


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New Users / Re: restricted extras SOLVED
« on: June 26, 2016, 10:37:14 am »
Cheers both

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New Users / Re: restricted extras
« on: June 26, 2016, 04:24:44 am »
...oh...and forgot to add, the only issue I've had ( a small one ) is that I've installed steam via synaptic.....but get an error message that the package is out of date.  Still works though
Thanks

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New Users / restricted extras (SOLVED)
« on: June 26, 2016, 04:20:42 am »
Hi there

Are restricted codecs etc installed by default?  If not, which package should I chose, as there as different ones for different buntus....

Also, the release notes mention the menu being customisable. I've had a mess around but cant see how to

My first impressions of 7 are great, will post more feedback after I've used it solidly for a few weeks

Thanks

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Networking / Re: Peppermint 6 live - networking disabled (solved)
« on: January 01, 2016, 07:03:50 am »
Thanks again for your all your help, which on New Years Eve was over and above the call of duty!   Happy New Year to you

I've just tried Kubuntu and Ubuntu Mate 15.10 and both work with my wifi card.   One of these will keep me happy for now but I will definitely be back before long to this distro. 

Cheers
 

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Networking / Re: Peppermint 6 live - networking disabled (solved)
« on: December 31, 2015, 02:44:07 pm »
Thank you for the advice, much appreciated

Looks like I bought the wrong laptop :) #typical

I'll install Ubuntu and will look out for Peppermint when 7 comes out.

I guess that if you buy a new laptop it might take a while for Linux distributions to catch up if hardware is new. We live and we learn!


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Networking / Re: Peppermint 6 live - networking disabled
« on: December 31, 2015, 11:39:45 am »
Code: [Select]
sudo lshw -C network
  *-network UNCLAIMED     
       description: Network controller
       product: Intel Corporation
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       version: 81
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:a1100000-a1101fff
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 0a
       serial: b0:5a:da:d3:e7:31
       size: 10Mbit/s
       capacity: 100Mbit/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
       resources: irq:143 ioport:3000(size=256) memory:a1004000-a1004fff memory:a1000000-a1003fff
it@it ~ $  $ lspci -vnn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:1904] (rev 08)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:1916] (rev 07) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at a0000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Memory at 90000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
I/O ports at 4000 [size=64]
Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:04.0 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:1903] (rev 08)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at a1320000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d2f] (rev 21) (prog-if 30 [XHCI])
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 141
Memory at a1300000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd

00:14.2 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d31] (rev 21)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at a1332000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d3a] (rev 21)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 11
Memory at a1333000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:17.0 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d03] (rev 21) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 142
Memory at a1330000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Memory at a1336000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
I/O ports at 4080 [size=8]
I/O ports at 4088 [size=4]
I/O ports at 4060 [size=32]
Memory at a1334000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d14] (rev f1) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=0
I/O behind bridge: 00005000-00005fff
Memory behind bridge: a1200000-a12fffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 000000008c900000-000000008cafffff
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1c.5 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d15] (rev f1) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
Memory behind bridge: a1100000-a11fffff
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1d.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d18] (rev f1) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
I/O behind bridge: 00003000-00003fff
Memory behind bridge: a1000000-a10fffff
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d48] (rev 21)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:1f.2 Memory controller [0580]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d21] (rev 21)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Memory at a132c000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]

00:1f.3 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d70] (rev 21)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 32, IRQ 144
Memory at a1328000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Memory at a1310000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

00:1f.4 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:9d23] (rev 21)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 11
Memory at a1335000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
I/O ports at 4040 [size=32]

01:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:522a] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Physical Slot: 4
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at a1200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:3165] (rev 81)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:4010]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at a1100000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 0a)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:80a1]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 143
I/O ports at 3000 [size=256]
Memory at a1004000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Memory at a1000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: r8169

rfkill list
0: hci0: Bluetooth
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

$ iwconfig
eth0      no wireless extensions.

lo        no wireless extensions.

$ iwlist scan
eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.

lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.

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Networking / Re: Peppermint 6 live - networking disabled
« on: December 31, 2015, 10:49:45 am »
Many thanks for helping me with this.   I will have to have a look for the ethernet cable, it's years since I've used one!

Is this an unusual wifi device?   I thought Peppermint and other buntus worked with pretty much everything?  Still, I'm using my new windows 10 as I write, and god it's slow!  I've got intel i5 with 8gb ram, so to my mind....it shouldn't be!   I'm downloading a game on steam and doing this....memory usage is 35% and there are about 140 processes going on!   

Sounds like getting wifi going for Peppermint will be hassle but worth it.

By the way, before I come back with the output, am I better off installing to hard drive before I do, or can this be sorted via live usb?

Thanks again
Rick

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Networking / Peppermint 6 live - networking disabled
« on: December 31, 2015, 08:26:46 am »
Hi there

I've just bought this laptop http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-15-ab288sa-15-6-laptop-silver-10137879-pdt.html

WIFI works fine in windows 10.   After a lot of messing about (I need to press f9 and manually select usb hard drive) I have managed to get Peppermint 6 to boot

Unfortunately networking is disabled.  The copy of peppermint 6 I am using is fine and works on other laptops without this issue

I selected additional hardware but nothing was found. I don't think there is a wifi on/off button

Any ideas?

Many thanks
Rick


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Cheers folks that's great

My teenagers reckon I need 8gb but I suspect they are thinking about gaming!


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General Discussion / what specs are advised to enable Peppermint to fly?
« on: December 15, 2015, 05:12:01 am »
My peppermint is currently installed on a usb hard drive and booting into my work laptop...

This is almost brilliant...but almost isn't good enough

I'm going to buy a laptop. A few questions

I'm thinking 4gb ram. Does Linux ever need more?

Is Intel i3 sufficiently powerful to make it fly ?

Is Peppermint easy to install alongside windows 8/10?

Linux distributions tend to tell you the minimum spec, sometimes the recommended spec, but never the "enough to kick bottom spec" ! :)

Any advice appreciated, cheers!



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Remember the milk

I keep this one in Accessories https://www.rememberthemilk.com/


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