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New Users / STEAM not working on a new device [SOLVED]
« on: November 06, 2016, 11:36:14 am »
Hello, gents! Installed steam on new device and it just doesn't work. Clicking on the steam icon in the Menu does nothing. duh.
I've installed Steam with "sudo apt-get install steam". Reinstalling didn't do anything.
Running Steam through terminal gives this message:
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Running Steam on peppermint 7 64-bit
STEAM_RUNTIME is enabled automatically
[2016-11-06 21:35:24] Startup - updater built Oct 13 2016 00:47:16
SteamUpdateUI: An X Error occurred
X Error of failed request:  BadValue (integer parameter out of range for operation)


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System:    Host: ostapenko-System-Product-Name Kernel: 4.4.0-45-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P6TD DELUXE v: Rev 1.xx
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 0303 date: 12/30/2009
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7 930 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2801 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz 3: 1600 MHz
           4: 1600 MHz 5: 1600 MHz 6: 1600 MHz 7: 1733 MHz 8: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Juniper XT [Radeon HD 5770]
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD JUNIPER (DRM 2.43.0, LLVM 3.8.0)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series]
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-45-generic
Network:   Card-1: Marvell 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: sky2
           IF: enp4s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: D-Link System RTL8139 Ethernet driver: 8139too
           IF: enp7s1 state: unknown speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full
           mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1250.3GB (60.4% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3250820AS size: 250.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10EARS size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 87G used: 7.6G (10%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb5
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 6.43GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb6
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0C mobo: 40.0C gpu: 44.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 2220 psu: 0 sys-1: 0 sys-2: 4326 sys-3: 0
Info:      Processes: 294 Uptime: 10:10 Memory: 995.4/5957.6MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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Is it possible? I mean the rusty one with the Pm7 logo that comes before the login screen.
Much obliged  :P

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System:    Host: merlin Kernel: 4.4.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: HP (portable) product: HP Pavilion Notebook v: Type1ProductConfigId
           Mobo: HP model: 820B v: 82.24 Bios: Insyde v: F.06 date: 05/05/2016
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-6200U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2800 MHz 1: 499 MHz 2: 573 MHz 3: 499 MHz
           4: 499 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (51.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SD8SNAT size: 256.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 227G used: 115G (54%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.47GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 33.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 181 Uptime: 16 min Memory: 927.0/7873.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35



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Hello guys. This is a Test thread for everyone to contribute to. Hopefully, it will grow and develop, and I will be learning and modifying it as it goes.

Introduction
The real reason I switched to Linux a little over a month ago was because (among other reasons) Microsoft, Apple and Google, as well as many other software manufacturers, would stop at nothing to collect any and all data possible, even that which had nothing to do with the use of the product (and I'm not even being paranoid with this). The last straw for me was when a Microsoft Word update on my android asked for access to my contacts list. As far as I'm concerned, all 3 of the companies listed above can go #### themselves (I have 16 tons of dirt on each of them, but for the sake of this thread, I won't go into detail) - I've just had it with them.
I'm getting the hang of Linux as much as my spare time permits (very . slowly. ), and thus far I'm ecstatic - to me it's a perfect balance of usability and security.

Now, what this thread is really about:

I will be listing all the software/updates/whatnot (in a simplistic numerical order) I can think of, that can withdraw information of any kind from my machine or my actions in the first part of the post (and what kind of information it could be), and the second part should contain the information as to ways of fixing/finding workarounds and scripts/admitting to the inability of fixing etc etc. I assume this to be a massive witch-hunt, with some of the entries being way beyond reasonable. You can call it paranoia - I call it my basic right to privacy. The solutions listed below will not be "perfect", but the best possible I could find for Linux Peppermint. Well, here goes:

CULPRITS(TEST):

1. Web browsers
1.1. Google Chrome/Chromium (wants your soul)
1.2. Firefox
1.3. any other browser

2. Peppermint Updates (just for the sake of argument):
2.1  ntp + ntpdates (could theoretically have your location triangulated between multiple ntp servers)
2.2 chromium updates
2.3. ...

3. Built-in software (just for the sake of argument):
3.1. peppermint clock/date
3.2. peppermint update manager (knows your exact location, as it needs to decide which download mirror is best for you)
3.3. ...
3.4. your suggestions here
3.5. LibreOffice?

4. Third-party software :
4.1. Skype (your Skype and phone contacts, your location)
4.2. Telegram (your phone number, saved phone numbers, your location, saved videos, audio files and images)
4.3. Dropbox (Edward Snowden called Dropbox, the cloud storage service - ‘hostile to privacy’ - consider ditching it, really)
4.4. any Microsoft product
4.5. any Apple product
4.6. any Google product
4.7...

5. Search engines :
5.1. google search (encrypted google search is a naive and rubbish solution. You can be sure of that by simply searching "current time" - you will then be given the exact time corresponding to your exact location - so much for encryption)
5.2. any other search engine

SOLUTIONS(TEST)(others than being offline and forever alone):

general precaution:
I. enable the built-in firewall. You can find the instructions here https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/security#TOC-Firewall as well, as a bunch of other useful information if you follow the links around.
II. use burner emails for registering with services: https://www.maildrop.cc/  or  http://slippery.email/, among others.

1. Web browsers
  use TOR. Known to be used by terrorists, child pornographers and the US Navy (see what I did there? :) ). Half-way between TOR's security and popular browsers' usability (amongst which Firefox is the definite best in many regards) are Dooble and Comodo Dragon. Other than that, use incognito mode, VPN, tweak your browser to use 0 cookies, set your broswer to auto-clear cache upon closing (links to HOW in section 1.2) and avoid Java scripts - can also be done by using Java-switching browser extensions, such as NoScript, ScriptSafe and QuickJava, but any browser extension can be manipulated/changed to collect data about you)
1.2. Firefox - is probably your safest popular option, with private view mode, room for vpn and noscript, and best of all - the ability to tweak it to your needs. Here's how: https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/firefox

2. Peppermint Updates
2.1. ignore suggested package and/or go to menu > System Tools > Time & Date and set:
Configuration: Manual
2.2. ignore suggested package, do not use Chromium or Chrome.

3. Built-in software
3.1. go to menu > System Tools > Time & Date and set:
Configuration: Manual
3.2. Linux and Peppermint are the good guys, duh. They don't collect nor monitor any user data, other than your posts on the peppermint forums, which are subject to their privacy standards. Either way, you can choose any mirror to download your updates from.

4. Third-party software - Strongly discouraged, install/use at your own risk
4.2. Instead of Telegram, try using spideroak's anonymous Semaphor, a zero knowledge conversation utility. https://spideroak.com/
4.3. Instead of Dropbox, try using spideroak's SpiderOakONE, the zero knowledge cloud. https://spideroak.com/

5. Search engines
 Other than using TOR-based engines, using alternative search engines is a good idea, DuckDuckGo being a pretty decent option, their statement: “emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding filter bubble of personalized search results.”

I'm looking forward to suggestions as to structure, culprits, solutions, or perhaps to my whole attitude.

Let's have a blast, gents!

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Is there a way to make my touchpad disable automatically when a usb mouse is connected?
or have a keybind or a macro preset for it?

I know I can disable and enable touchpad by going to input options and putting/taking off a tick on "disable touchpad", but that's a hassle if I'm doing it 5 times a day (I travel a lot).


Thanks!

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System:    Host: merlin Kernel: 4.4.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: HP (portable) product: HP Pavilion Notebook v: Type1ProductConfigId
           Mobo: HP model: 820B v: 82.24 Bios: Insyde v: F.06 date: 05/05/2016
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-6200U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2800 MHz 1: 784 MHz 2: 799 MHz 3: 799 MHz
           4: 799 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (52.9% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SD8SNAT size: 256.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 227G used: 119G (56%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.47GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 205 Uptime: 58 min Memory: 1805.0/7873.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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New Users / excessive audio tearing when using headphones.
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:43:55 am »
If I'm using headphones (I tried 2 pairs - my Sony's with an angled jack and my wife's Sennheisers with a straight jack) to listen to music or watch videos, there is a degree of sound tearing, which becomes subtle (but is still there) if I reduce both the system and the application (or website) volumes to around 25-30-ish %. However, if I use VLC at same volumes (reduce VLC's volume controller as well), the tearing becomes even more apparent.

I went to the PulseAudio Volume control panel --> Configuration --> Profile --> and there are only 2 options that produce sound at all: Analog Stereo Output and Analog Stereo Duplex, but nothing changes if I switch between those, all the others are HDMI options and I have no sound if I switch to them.

I also tried the PulseAudio Equalizer, and using the "Headphones" option which helped a little - I can now have the same amount of tearing at slightly higher volumes, but it doesn't seem like a solution.

Not sure if I have this problem because I'm noob, or if this is a hardware/peripherals problem... Perhaps this thread should be moved to a different forum section, but it was hard for me to decide - my apologies.  :(

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System:    Host: merlin Kernel: 4.4.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: HP (portable) product: HP Pavilion Notebook v: Type1ProductConfigId
           Mobo: HP model: 820B v: 82.24 Bios: Insyde v: F.06 date: 05/05/2016
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-6200U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2800 MHz 1: 713 MHz 2: 727 MHz 3: 709 MHz
           4: 796 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (48.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SD8SNAT size: 256.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 227G used: 109G (51%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.47GB used: 0.08GB (1%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 38.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 196 Uptime: 3:51 Memory: 1227.6/7873.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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Hello guys,

PROBLEM: If I'm trying to watch a video of a resolution that is higher, than that of my screen (1366x768), it blows out of proportion and I'm watching a corner of the video, as a result. Going fullscreen, resizing, minimizing or maximizing doesn't help one bit, neither does forceful locking down of aspect ratio. If the video is of a smaller resolution, than that of my screen, it opens up in a small square, and if I go fullscreen, it stays the same size, but surrounded by a blue screen.   What do I do?  :-\

Thank you!

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           Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: HP (portable) product: HP Pavilion Notebook v: Type1ProductConfigId
           Mobo: HP model: 820B v: 82.24 Bios: Insyde v: F.06 date: 05/05/2016
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-6200U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2800 MHz 1: 658 MHz 2: 632 MHz 3: 646 MHz
           4: 689 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (38.9% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SD8SNAT size: 256.1GB
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           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.47GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 36.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 199 Uptime: 3:03 Memory: 1304.8/7873.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35


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New Users / How to change login background wallpaper (SOLVED)
« on: September 19, 2016, 10:52:21 am »
Dear peppermint developers,

I would like to start by saying I've been checking out a linux distro every 2-3 years, but whichever one I tried, it was just too rough around the edges and I just couldn't muster the enthusiasm to get into it and make stuff work, since my line of work is very distant from programming. This time, I really think you nailed it guys... Truth be told, I haven't switched to another OS in about a month now and perhaps I won't. However, I am still a complete noob when it comes to using terminal...

Anyway, the problem:
the default login screen is fugly and the way it switches to my desktop wallpaper is even more so. Ideally, I would like the login screen to be the same as my chosen desktop wallpaper, which I keep in my "pictures" folder.

I know it may seem silly, and a purely cosmetic issue, but it goes a long way in terms of building a positive user experience.
Thank you!

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           Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   System: HP (portable) product: HP Pavilion Notebook v: Type1ProductConfigId
           Mobo: HP model: 820B v: 82.24 Bios: Insyde v: F.06 date: 05/05/2016
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-6200U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2800 MHz 1: 499 MHz 2: 511 MHz 3: 499 MHz
           4: 499 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 3165 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
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RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 35.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 181 Uptime: 22 min Memory: 941.3/7873.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

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