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Software & Applications / Virtualbox woes (SOLVED)
« on: June 10, 2019, 03:04:16 pm »
Hi guy

Im currently installing PM10 on a friends laptop and sadly I have to install Virtualbox to run a Windows VM due to some specialist (windows only) software however I can't get Virtualbox to cooperate when I try to run it I get the following message

grant@Grants-Thinkpad ~ $ virtualbox
WARNING: The vboxdrv kernel module is not loaded. Either there is no module
         available for the current kernel (4.18.0-21-generic) or it failed to
         load. Please recompile the kernel module and install it by

           sudo /sbin/vboxconfig

         You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.

When I run the command I get thge following error

grant@Grants-Thinkpad ~ $ sudo /sbin/vboxconfig
[sudo] password for grant: Stopping VirtualBox services. Starting VirtualBox services. Building VirtualBox kernel modules. failed: modprobe vboxdrv failed. Please use 'dmesg' to find out why.

There were problems setting up VirtualBox.  To re-start the set-up process, run
as root.  If your system is using EFI Secure Boot you may need to sign the
kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt, vboxnetadp, vboxpci) before you can load
 them. Please see your Linux system's documentation for more information.
grant@Grants-Thinkpad ~ $

This laptop does have EFI secure boot which I think has something to do with this issue

Here's the stats

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grant@Grants-Thinkpad ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: Grants-Thinkpad Kernel: 4.18.0-21-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: LENOVO product: 20AWA08500 v: ThinkPad T440p serial: N/A
           Mobo: LENOVO model: 20AWA08500 serial: N/A
           UEFI: LENOVO v: GLET95WW (2.49 ) date: 03/19/2018
Battery    BAT0: charge: 55.6 Wh 100.1% condition: 55.6/56.2 Wh (99%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-4300M (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3300 MHz 1: 1199 MHz 2: 2416 MHz 3: 2120 MHz
           4: 2389 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.1 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile version: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.8
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.18.0-21-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Ethernet Connection I217-LM driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (2.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: CT500MX500SSD1 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 217G used: 13G (7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0
Info:      Processes: 201 Uptime: 1:04 Memory: 904.3/7855.0MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56
grant@Grants-Thinkpad ~ $

Any help or advice would be much appreciated



Software & Applications / Re: Can I run Excel in Wine
« on: June 03, 2019, 11:01:57 am »
Just out of interest this a fairly new PC that came with Windows 10 the owner asked me to install Peppermint after a conversation some time ago, I didn't think it would go anywhere but he called me up one day out of the blue and asked if he could give his PC to install Peppermint on it,

He hates Windows 10 with a passion and doesn't want to use it at all, he's also very privacy minded and has read up on Microsoft spyware but because he needs to use this VT Transactions and he has some Word & Excel files I thought the safest and best compromise would be to run Windows 7 in a VM specifically for VT Transactions which I set up for him, as it turns out almost all his Word/Excel file open up fine in Libre Office although 1 or 2 have some formatting issues but that said he still prefers Libre Office and he prefers Peppermint and wants to do as much as he can with both.

Last week he give me a laptop also running Windows 10 this is a beast although I've never timed it I reckon it boots in under 5 seconds, anyway he want's Peppermint installed on it as well which I've willingly obliged, but there's a kicker here as well, there's some other software that I think is Windows only it's software to calibrate weighbridges, I've only looked at it briefly but he asked if I could get that running in Linux, at this point  I've told him it's highly unlikely,


Software & Applications / Re: Can I run Excel in Wine
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:26:28 am »
But then you're ALSO gonna need to get the VT software to work in WINE .. and it may not.

That's true but the problem is I can't test VT Transactions in Wine until I have a working version of Excel the installation wont let me go any further, so I'm kinda caught between a rock and a hard place

Wouldn't a Windows VM be a better solution ?

In a word yes and that's how I suggested he did it and I have already installed Windows 7 in a VM for him to do it that way but he only wants to use Peppermint he's fell in love with it, I've told him it may not be possible but I'd give it a go, so this isn't life or death but I promised I'd try

Many thanks

Software & Applications / Re: Can I run Excel in Wine
« on: June 03, 2019, 08:28:23 am »
I use the "any way around this problem" model, Graeme - Microsoft Excel (Online)

The link is available in the Peppermint Menu. And, of course, an account is required.

I did think of that VIN but I just assumed it wouldn't work because it's not locally installed, during installation VT Transactions asks to be pointed to the Excel directory there isn't one with the online version


Software & Applications / Can I run Excel in Wine
« on: June 03, 2019, 01:10:38 am »
Hi guys

I have a friends PC I've installed PM10 on dual boot alongside Windows 10, The thing is he's self employed and VAT registered and new legislation coming out soon means he has to use special accounting software for paying his VAT, He doesn't want to use Windows at all and asked me if it's possible to run this software in Peppermint, the problem is that this software is only available in Windows so I tried installing it in WINE (Play on Linux) and it looked like it might install but part way through the install process it asks to browse to the Excel folder (presumably this software requires Excel), I have a copy of Office 2010 but it wont install it crashes part way through the installation.

Does anyone know of any version of Excel that will run in WINE or any way around this problem

Many thanks


Software & Applications / Re: tarring with the same brush
« on: April 25, 2019, 03:53:25 pm »
Thank you guys You've been a great help

I'll mark this solved


Software & Applications / tarring with the same brush (SOLVED)
« on: April 25, 2019, 01:35:42 am »
HI guys

I'm trying to write a simple script to backup my Shotwell database which resides at  ~/.local/share/shotwell
so I want to create an tarball of the shotwell directory that I can extract to ~/.local/share

so if I run the following command

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sudo tar -cf ~/shotwell-backup.tar ~/.local/share/shotwell

I get this message

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graeme@Linux1 ~ $ sudo tar -cf ~/shotwell-backup.tar ~/.local/share/shotwell
tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
graeme@Linux1 ~ $

However it creates the tarball at ~/ but when I extract it I get a folder called "home" with subfolders  /graeme/.local/share/shotwell, but I only want the shotwell directory

what am I doing wrong ?

I don't have to do it this way i could simply copy the folder with

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sudo cp -r ~/.local/share/shotwell ~/shotwell.bakup

but I'm curious to know what I'm doing wrong

General Discussion / Re: Screenshot Gallery -- Show Us Your Screen
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:50:58 am »

That's pretty cool .. did you get wet taking  that, or is there a bend right there ?

It's actually a ravine with a 150 foot drop in parts it's almost impossible to get in the water unless you get too close to the edge and slip (not recommended) ,  That was the closest I could get without abseiling equipment :) the flow of the river leads to a waterfall which was just behind where I was standing


General Discussion / Re: Screenshot Gallery -- Show Us Your Screen
« on: April 15, 2019, 03:51:39 am »
Hi guys been indulging in my other passion recently photography, I been busy trying to build a collection of photos for desktop wallpapers, this is an image I took this weekend I think kinda makes a decent desktop wallpaper although maybe not everyones taste but I like it :)


Hardware / Re: AMD Vega series driver
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:23:31 pm »
I never install Vbox from the 'default' repos .. I always add their repo.
Can I ask why ?

Anyway as it happens, I've reinstalled Windows 7 in a VM and i'm almost back to where I was just catching up on the updates so it's all working well we have sound & vision through HDMI and I have to say Peppermint is flying on this machine so it's almost ready to hand over

2 things
(1) As I mentioned on another thread I tried to install AVG on the Windows VM and it blue screened during the install and it wrecked Explorer even after recovery and I'm terrified to try it again have you any suggestions for a free replacement to AVG ?

(2) If I'm understanding correctly this version of PM9 has a custom kernel is any future Kernel updates likely to affect it ?

Many thanks for your help


Hardware / Re: AMD Vega series driver
« on: March 25, 2019, 02:39:21 pm »
Are you sure you're using the same version of Vbox that you backed up with ?

I assume they're the same version because in each case I installed from the PM9 repos


Hardware / Re: AMD Vega series driver
« on: March 25, 2019, 11:52:05 am »
What exactly did you back up ?

In Virtualbox under File there's an option to "Export Appliance" and "Import Appliance" Export will create a .OVA file that can be stored anywhere, that's the method I used, I've used it before and it's worked well.

Anyway it's not the end of the world it just means I'll have to reinstall Windows again from scratch and I don't need to tell you the pain that involves :)


Hardware / Re: AMD Vega series driver
« on: March 25, 2019, 07:20:35 am »
Ok  latest update

I removed the amdgpu-pro driver and it still refused to boot so I went ahead and copied over the VM .ova file to a USB drive deleted the peppermint partition in gparted and reinstalled with the .iso you built for me, all went well, I got sound through HDMI straight away but xplayer couldn't handle the video so I swapped it out for Parole which works perfectly, so all's good there,

The disappointment for me is Virtualbox refuses to import the Windows 7 .ova with a can't create image error, so if you have any suggestions for how I might get the .ova to import it would be appreciated otherwise I'll have to reinstall the Windows VM from scratch if that'll work I don't know,

Many thanks


Hardware / Re: AMD Vega series driver
« on: March 24, 2019, 09:17:56 am »
How far does the boot go ? .. can you drop to a text console and log on in text mode by hitting Ctrl+Alt+F2 ?

I get to the GRUB menu but after that it just goes blank so I should be able to boot into text mode
nomodeset might have been why amdgpu wasn't loading in the first place.

I know I realised that after I discovered I didn't update grub so I gotta apologise to you for that looks like I might have wasted a load of your time  :-[
Or now might be the right time to just write it off and try the new ISO .. your call, I'm more than willing to help either way, I'm not trying to push you in that direction just offering it as an alternative.

I was actually just gonna do that this morning the only thing that prevented me was I have .ova Windows 7 backup file for Virtualbox on the system and I couldn't get it off because I didn't have a drive big enough at my office, I tried copy & pasting it over to the Windows 10 partition but for some reason it wouldn't let me, I really want that file before I delete the Peppermint partition it has a load of Windows updates etc and it would save me hours of work if I get it off first, so I can take a big drive with me to the office tomorrow and then move it over befor I reinstall.


Hardware / Re: AMD Vega series driver
« on: March 24, 2019, 06:07:41 am »
Ok I rebooted into 4.15-46 kernel and tested and there was no difference, so I run the commands again just to be sure I didn't miss anything out and I noticed on the terminal output last line it said nomodeset detected so I checked /etc/default/grub file to make sure I removed nomodeset from that file and I had however i didn't update grub after doing that, so I ran update-grub from the terminal and rebooted and now it wont reboot at all in any kernel


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