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I'm sitting here with my eyes wielling up, for a highly knowledgable and helpful man who I'd never met, and who's assistance has brought joy and happiness to many, many people the world over. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Networking / Re: Ehernet connection drop-outs
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:57:35 am »
fugetaboutit...problem was the netbook ethernet port,  now fixed  :-[

Networking / SOLVED : Ehernet connection drop-outs
« on: November 13, 2019, 12:52:37 am »
Hi all,
Old time peppermint user looking for help for a new issue.
Network drop-outs whilst connected to the internet (ADSL using ethernet).
Tried a Windoze device on same connection, no issues, so assumed it must be an update issue as prior to updates everything was fine.

Below are details of the system and most recent updates applied prior to drop outs.

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$ inxi -Fz

System:    Host: x86 Kernel: 4.15.0-69-generic i686 bits: 32 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: AO533 v: V1.17 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Acer model: AO533 v: V1.17 serial: N/A
           BIOS: Acer v: V1.17 date: 05/19/2011
Battery    BAT0: charge: 59.4 Wh 100.0% condition: 59.4/62.6 Wh (95%)
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom N455 (-MT-) cache: 512 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1666 MHz 1: 1229 MHz 2: 1199 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: intel (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1024x600@60.08hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Pineview M x86/MMX/SSE2
           version: 1.4 Mesa 19.0.8
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-69-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8152 v1.1 Fast Ethernet driver: atl1c
           IF: enp1s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: bcma-pci-bridge
           IF: wlp2s0b1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 32.0GB (18.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SDSSDRC0 size: 32.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 30G used: 5.4G (20%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 145 Uptime: 55 min Memory: 194.7/1937.1MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

last upgrades prior to ethernet/internet dropouts.

Upgraded the following packages:
gir1.2-javascriptcoregtk-4.0 (2.26.1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 2.26.2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
gir1.2-webkit2-4.0 (2.26.1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 2.26.2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
intel-microcode (3.20190618.0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 3.20191112-0ubuntu0.18.04.2
libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18 (2.26.1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 2.26.2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libsgutils2-2 (1.42-2ubuntu1) to 1.42-2ubuntu1.18.04.1
libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37 (2.26.1-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) to 2.26.2-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
linux-generic ( to
linux-headers-generic ( to
linux-image-generic ( to
linux-libc-dev (4.15.0-66.75) to 4.15.0-69.78

Installed the following packages:
linux-headers-4.15.0-69 (4.15.0-69.78)
linux-headers-4.15.0-69-generic (4.15.0-69.78)
linux-image-4.15.0-69-generic (4.15.0-69.78)
linux-modules-4.15.0-69-generic (4.15.0-69.78)
linux-modules-extra-4.15.0-69-generic (4.15.0-69.78)

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$ sudo lshw -C network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: AR8152 v1.1 Fast Ethernet
       vendor: Qualcomm Atheros
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       logical name: enp1s0
       version: c1
       serial: 88:ae:1d:97:03:e6
       size: 100Mbit/s
       capacity: 100Mbit/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion= duplex=full ip=xxxxxxx latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
       resources: irq:27 memory:97000000-9703ffff ioport:5000(size=128)

One thing I have noticed is, if I physically unplug/ replace the the ethernet cable from the device port once a drop out hits, the internet connection is available and works until the next loss of connection a short time later. Cable is fine and have tried reverting back to previous kernel to no avail, still encountering ethernet drop outs.
Any ideas on how to rectify this?
Thanks in advance :)

General Discussion / Network-wide ad blocker..
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:34:53 pm »
Anyone using/ used or have experience in an API called PI-Hole for linux?
a Network-wide ad blocker via your own Linux hardware?


Github development:

I'm sure a few may be intrigued.. ;)

General Discussion / Linux Monitoring Tools list
« on: October 21, 2017, 06:57:14 am »
For those who like to tinker/ explore and monitor,  :D
 I came across a site which offers monitoring and debugging tools for linux with a brief description of each and a link to respective programs.

If you've got time on your hands..check out:

Have fun.. ;)

General Discussion / Re: WiFi WPA2 encryption/ security broken..?!
« on: October 17, 2017, 01:12:21 am »
Hope others take heed and do the necessary.  ;)

Aside the usual tablets, pc's, laptops and mobile phones,
Just think of all the IoT devices affected, smart meters, smart TV's, sonos etc.
A lot of these devices may be in the wild for a while depending on manufacturer support. a potential security nightmare.  :o

General Discussion / Re: WiFi WPA2 encryption/ security broken..?!
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:35:22 pm »
Thanks guys!
Received the patches a couple of hours ago  :D

Router may still need a firmware update from manufacturer..[waits patiently but, doesn't hold breath]  ::)

EDIT: Windoze done theirs on patch tuesday (2nd tuesday of the month) but, nadella's padawan patchers screwed up the patches with reports of BSOD, bungled releases, stealthy NET upgrades, CRM blocks and complex fixes   :o

General Discussion / WiFi WPA2 encryption/ security broken..?!
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:55:17 pm »
Came across an article dated October 15th 2017 for all who use wifi, considering that WPA2 encryption has been with us since circa 2004.  :o (has it been THAT long)

SWMBO and I only use wifi if absolutely necessary as we have been on a wired network for years at home.

This to me seems to be a major security headache as mobile phones, PC;s, Smart TV's etc..should use WPA2 encryption (being the current secure standard)
what now?
Firmware updates for newer devices perhaps leaving older devices insecure?
My initial reaction to this was planned obsolescence to create revenue but, now I'm not so sure.. :-\

GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Sometimes I Don't Know Why I Bother...
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:58:21 am »
Ha, I was diagnosed with OCDH (obsessive compulsive distro hoppertitus) a few years back, went to the doc's and was prescribed Peppermint..Cured!
Curiosity gets the better of me via distrowatch..just looking doc, honest  :D

Software & Applications / Re: Internal USB stick formatter
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:09:53 am »
Thanks PCNetSpec that worked a treat with xed ;)
FYI: I think It's the mintpy formatter that has an issue on my system but, the internal gnome disk function works great.

Thanks cavy, will try that out when required again (saved for later)  ;)

Will mark as solved.

Software & Applications / Re: Internal USB stick formatter
« on: September 28, 2017, 04:20:54 am »
Ok, Just tried it again using a proper USB flash drive (sandisk 32Gb) using the 'USB Stick Formatter' from the Menu/system tools/USB Stick Formatter
Set it up to format using FAT32 and proceeded no problems.
Once finished, the flash drive unmounted and I unplugged for a few minutes.
Plugged it in again and did not mount nor could I access via nemo file manager.  ???

This time, to try and establish if there was an issue, I went a different route..
Instead of using the USB Stick Formatter, I used the Menu/Preferences/Disks and the drive showed up.
From within the Disks app I formatted the drive and all is good.

Is there a safe way to remove 'USB Stick Formatter' link from the Menu? If so, How?

Thanks in advance

Software & Applications / Internal USB stick formatter [Solved]
« on: September 27, 2017, 04:21:58 am »
Just had an issue whereby access to an SD card (on a USB3 SD Kingston Mobilelite G3) was denied for writing. (works/worked no prob in Windoze R/W)
Checked properties of SD card on PM8 which displayed that it was not R/W so I attempted to rectify it within the properties section and set to R/W to no avail..
So I copied everything from the SD card to system SSD and used the 'USB stick formatter' to format the SD card using the FAT32 filesystem.
On completetion of formatting, the USB SDCard reader disappeared from nemo.
So I then unplugged the device and reinserted after 10 seconds to find the system doesn't see the device!  :o

Using a third part app via windows, I found that the filesystem of the SDCard was 'unformatted' but still active so I formatted it using minitools disk wizard.

Plugged it in to the PM8 system and worked straight away.  ;D

Is it just me or does the 'USB stick formatter' not work as intended?
Anyone else tried it recently?

Thanks in advance  :)

General Discussion / Re: Peppermint and Ubuntu: security comparison?
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:18:16 pm »
@ N, I was initially concerned when I first made the jump from M$ to GNU/Linux, the great thing is, there's NOTHING to be worried about!
Been using Peppermint OS from v5 and still happily on v8 over the last few years and never had a security issue (that's without an Antivirus may I add)

Security patches come from repo's pretty damned quick upon detection and kernel updates normally include further security integrated fixes also AFAIK
Hope this helps ease your security worries  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Best Browser
« on: August 30, 2017, 02:16:18 pm »
my browser of choice has been FF and FF ESR since the phoenix days  mainly for extensions and tweaking/ configuration ease.
When browser-hopping, I always end up back at the familiar comfort zone, bit like peppermint when distro-hopping  ;)

Has anyone tried the new updated Yandex browser yet?
Here is what I've recently read about it:

Yandex Browser

Yandex Browser is another Chrome based browser featuring a fast minimalist interface with unique features like Stealth Mode.

It takes Chrome up a notch starting with its “Tile” looking home page and a background of your choice, including animated wallpapers, making this a familiar look to Windows 10 users. Yandex calls this “Tableau.” Yeah, we had to look it up. I think the best fit is “a graphic description or representation.” Those who prefer a minimalist appearance can restart from settings and load it without the background photos, etc. See the last screenshot for how that looks. It is also capable of warning you of dangerous sites and uses Kaspersky for download scanning.

One really nice feature is Stealth Mode; it permits you to block cookies, tracking devices and effectively hide your IP. You can also get extensions, manage your downloads and even sync across devices. You have access to numerous language translations.

Software & Applications / Re: Firefox Update [Solved]
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:01:01 am »
...and guess what came through the repos today..55.0.1  8)

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