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General Discussion / Re: Generative.fm
« on: July 20, 2019, 07:29:19 am »
Generative systems are a lot like windchimes and your computer is the wind. Although, I think as time goes on I wouldn't be surprised to see true AI created music.
Hi drkmttr,

I take it that you are quite a bit younger than I, so I thought that I might provide you with some background to computer/AI-generated music. I think that you might be surprised to learn that computer/AI-generated music has its roots back in (at least) the 1970s !!  :o


Back in those "dark ages" before personal computers or smart-phones (this was in the early 1970s), I was a student at the University of Illinois, majoring in mathematics and also very interested in computers, music and music composition. I was very lucky to get to know and become a student in the advanced music composition classes taught by Prof. Herbert Brün, who was teaching (together with Prof. Heinz von Foerster) courses dealing with diverse topics (such as cognition, composition, cybernetics and others) at the University's Biological Computer Laboratory. In order to keep this post short I will refer you to the following links so that you can get an introduction to these two brilliant men: Herbert Brün & Heinz von Foerster8)


These two outstanding people had a profound influence on my development both personally and professionally. Unfortunately, many of their achievements and pioneering work seems to have been forgotten -- most likely due to their intense interest in their research and disinterest in promoting themselves (in contrast to so many people today in the age of lunatic social media self-promotion). I continue to wonder at the claims of younger people about how (supposedly) "new" AI advances and achievements are appearing, when in fact many of these were initially developed and researched back in the 1970s. The extreme difficulty and expense (back in those days) to use or have access to powerful computers was a tremendous handicap. Things have, of course accelerated with today's more powerful, inexpensive and compact computers and computing devices; nevertheless most of these "wonderful and new" AI developments actually have their roots before most of the spell-bound fans were even born.  ;)


Regards,

-- Slim

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General Discussion / Re: New Purchases 2019
« on: July 12, 2019, 04:48:38 am »
Hi PCNetSpec,

I vote for the last suggested name change!  :D

Regards,

-- Slim

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Hi pin,

Enjoy your time with the family and don't forget to get in some R&R too!  :D


Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 12, 2019, 03:57:08 am »
Hi PCNetSpec,

Sorry for the late reply but I was out of town for a short while.

Thanks again for your time and effort. It is most probably true that back when I bought this laptop Win8 was typically installed by default. But when I purchased this laptop I purchased it precisely because the dealer could deliver it without any OS (although it turned out to have a pretty much useless and specked-down Linux of some sort -- whose name I no longer remember -- and I immediately installed PeppermintOS and eliminated the original from the HDD).

Unfortunately, the two videos that you found only show and describe what I have been doing all along. As an alternative I decided to try several other Linux distros to see if the same problem occurs. With two Ubuntus (minimal and Xubuntu) and with an Arch derivative that uses the Calamares installer the exact same thing occurs (no EFI partition found error).

I was about to give up and either try installing the Boot Repair utility or try performing the suggestion from pin (moving the boot flag to my Peppermint 7 partition, installing GRUB to the MBR from there and then checking whether I could boot into the Peppermint Ten installation).

But then I thought I would try one last distro and DL'ed MX Linux 18.3. And presto! No problem, it installed without hesitation and runs perfectly.  :o So I guess I'll mark this as ABANDONED and fool around with MX Linux for a bit (when I am not in Peppermint Ten on my other machines).  ::) ;D


Thanks again for the time and effort from yourself and pin. I'm sorry it didn't really help us in any way WRT others having this problem (but until now, no one else has mentioned it as being an issue  :-\ ).


Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 10, 2019, 07:11:07 am »
Hi pin,

Great idea! I like that. And then run the live session installer again, format the P10 partition (just to be safe), install to it again and then put the GRUB in the P10 partition?


I think I will try this.  :)


Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 10, 2019, 02:53:08 am »
Hi PCNetSpec,

When booting the live session I get a GRUB menu with a black sort of leather-looking background (so it seems to be a graphical screen), but there is no Peppermint logo. In the BIOS settings, under the entry Boot, there is a choice to use UEFI (which I do not select).

The requested output:

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Booted as UEFI
Strange but true ...  ???


WRT your talking to yourself at the end of your last message: I almost had done this at the beginning, but decided to wait and see if there is something else to do first (and, I must admit, I've never used the program Boot Repair before).


Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 04:19:16 pm »
Hi PCNetSpec,

Computer: acer  Extensa 2510. Here is the inxi info:

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peppermint@peppermint ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: peppermint Kernel: 4.18.0-18-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: Extensa 2510 v: V1.09 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Acer model: BA50_HB v: V1.09 serial: N/A
           UEFI: Insyde v: V1.09 date: 07/11/2014
Battery    BAT1: charge: 46.6 Wh 100.0% condition: 46.6/55.9 Wh (83%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-4030U (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1900 MHz 1: 1150 MHz 2: 1156 MHz 3: 1169 MHz
           4: 1121 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Haswell-ULT 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 HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.18.0-18-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp1s0f1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: ath9k
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 532.1GB (2.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000LPVX size: 500.1GB
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: USB_Flash_Drive size: 32.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 1.9G used: 160M (9%) fs: overlay dev: N/A
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.22GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-3: swap-2 size: 0.51GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/zram0
           ID-4: swap-3 size: 0.51GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/zram1
           ID-5: swap-4 size: 0.51GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/zram2
           ID-6: swap-5 size: 0.51GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/zram3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 194 Uptime: 1:34 Memory: 699.4/3867.3MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56
[close]
I used mintstick from another installation of Peppermint Ten to create the live session usb.

Regards,

-- Slim

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New Users / Re: Printer Notifications (SOLVED)
« on: July 09, 2019, 04:12:08 pm »
Hi Brianrh,

Great news! Glad it works and that I was able to assist you.  8)

Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:56:59 pm »
Hi PCNetSpec,

New USB, more or less the same problems/errors -- but I can start firefox (using it now in the live session to write this) and xed. So here are the outputs:

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root@peppermint / # sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/loop0: 1,4 GiB, 1472348160 bytes, 2875680 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/sda: 465,8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x000229af

Device     Boot     Start       End   Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sda1            2048  62525040  62522993 29,8G 83 Linux
/dev/sda2        62525041 976771071 914246031  436G  5 Extended
/dev/sda5        62525043 844761959 782236917  373G 83 Linux
/dev/sda6       968536064 976771071   8235008  3,9G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7       906981768 968526719  61544952 29,4G 83 Linux
/dev/sda8  *    844763136 906981766  62218631 29,7G 83 Linux

Partition 2 does not start on physical sector boundary.
Partition 5 does not start on physical sector boundary.
Partition table entries are not in disk order.




Disk /dev/sdb: 29,8 GiB, 32008830976 bytes, 62517248 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x6b8b4567

Device     Boot Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1  *        0 3057663 3057664  1,5G  0 Empty
/dev/sdb2         924    5595    4672  2,3M ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)


Disk /dev/zram0: 483,4 MiB, 506900480 bytes, 123755 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 4096 = 4096 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes


Disk /dev/zram1: 483,4 MiB, 506900480 bytes, 123755 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 4096 = 4096 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes


Disk /dev/zram2: 483,4 MiB, 506900480 bytes, 123755 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 4096 = 4096 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes


Disk /dev/zram3: 483,4 MiB, 506900480 bytes, 123755 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 4096 = 4096 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
[close]
and:

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root@peppermint / # sudo blkid/dev/sda1: UUID="af3003a8-dd0f-4130-89c8-759c166b227c" TYPE="ext4" PTTYPE="dos" PARTUUID="000229af-01"
/dev/sda5: LABEL="data" UUID="3aca02db-0ebf-446e-bc7f-4f540fba7289" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="000229af-05"
/dev/sda7: UUID="cea1ce2b-95ec-47c7-8fba-2cda25e0ec85" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="000229af-07"
/dev/sda8: UUID="3f71d648-f7b6-4dd1-bfb7-546c26f78817" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="000229af-08"
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda6: UUID="af3c8372-93b5-49ec-92d9-680d251921e6" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="000229af-06"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="2019-05-13-13-12-11-00" LABEL="Peppermint Ten" TYPE="iso9660" PTUUID="6b8b4567" PTTYPE="dos" PARTUUID="6b8b4567-01"
/dev/sdb2: SEC_TYPE="msdos" UUID="044E-AC17" TYPE="vfat" PARTUUID="6b8b4567-02"
/dev/zram0: UUID="104ec437-dfe5-4340-bb46-3d4f07d12ba5" TYPE="swap"
/dev/zram1: UUID="18a81d52-4424-48c3-9be3-0b9dc95cd6b3" TYPE="swap"
/dev/zram2: UUID="5208fb04-0339-4ceb-88b1-60dda15d0dd6" TYPE="swap"
/dev/zram3: UUID="a4165e8d-9e2f-47ef-bdf6-9251ec379b73" TYPE="swap"
[close]
I hope that this is something that can be resolved.  :(


Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:50:23 pm »
Hi PCNetSpec,

Back again (and it was rather fun: I picked up a case of (organic-)wine that a friend brought back for me from a trip to southern France; then I bought a six pack of Benediktiner Helles Lagerbier on the way home; and now I'm enjoying a great dry gin martini -- at least something in life is working well, even if my Peppermint Ten install efforts are not  :D ).


Ok, so I burned the fresh DL of Peppermint Ten to the USB, booted it and attempted the chroot/grub-install dance again -- unfortunately with the same error: cannot find EFI directory. So why did the installation of earlier Peppermint versions not fail on this computer??  :-\ Something must have been changed in the Ubuntu installation code.


On to business: the new live session is also acting crazy!! I cannot start firefox
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/usr/sbin/firefox: line 1: 2645 Bus error   env GTK_THEME=Peppermint-10-Red-Mixed /usr/bin/firefox "$@"
and I cannot start the text editor to show you the complete output of fdisk -l:
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xed: error while loading shared libraries: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xed/libxed.so: cannot read file data: Input/output error
I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to worry.  ;)


Do you think that my USB stick is defective?
 
Tell me what you want to see from the outputs of fdisk -l and blkid and I will copy that over in my next reply.

Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 10:41:55 am »
OK. I just burned a new fresh DL of Peppermint Ten and will provide you with the output in several hours: I must leave right now. Be back in 2 hours or so.

Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:31:08 am »
Hi PCNetSpec,

Thanks for the reply! I finally took the chance that it might work and shut the computer down, removed the live session USB and rebooted, only to get this error:

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error: file '/boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod' not found.Entering rescue mode...grub rescue>
So then I shut the computer down again, inserted the live session USB and, once in the live session,

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sudo fdisk -l
worked. Everything looks like it always did in the output, with /dev/sda8 being the bootable partition where I installed Peppermint Ten. So I opened the terminal and did the usual chroot steps to reinstall grub to /dev/sda only to get this on the last entered command:

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root@peppermint / # grub-install /dev/sda 
Installing for x86_64-efi platform.
grub-install: error: cannot find EFI directory.
So, although the BIOS setting for boot is Legacy, it still seems to be booting the live session USB as if the BIOS setting were UEFI:o
Maybe I should try using some other distro's live session USB and repeat the chroot/grub-install dance?  :-\

Or do you have any trick for booting the Peppermint Ten USB in Legacy mode?  ???

 
UPDATE: I'm beginning to believe that the live session USB is not in order (i.e. corrupt): I cannot start firefox (I could on the last several boots into the live session) as it crashes before even appearing on screen, throwing out a Mozilla Crash Reporter window with "We're Sorry (blah, blah)."

Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:31:23 am »
Hi pin,

The partition with the new installation of Peppermint Ten is bootable.

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Partition 1 : ext4 : Peppermint 7
Partition 2 : Extended partition
Partition 5 : ext4 : Data partition
Partition 6 : swap
Partition 7 : ext4 : Arch Linux
Partition 8 : ext 4 : Peppermint Ten (bootable)
[close]
Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:36:01 am »
Hi pin,

Thank you for your time. I'm sure there are some things I would like to not have deleted on the other partitions. But my guess is that the files are not really in danger if I chroot into the new install or into Peppermint 7 and re-install GRUB ... I suppose it would have to be the new install because it is the partition that is marked as bootable -- but maybe that is not relevant. I just don't know for sure.  :-\


Regards,

-- Slim

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Installation / Re: Problem with legacy installation: no EFI partition
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:07:08 am »
Hi zebedeeboss,

Thanks for your attention. I had the little boot menu, but it only had USB (without any further USB options, such as UEFI), or the HDD.

I've now opened nemo in the live session, mounted the new installation partition and at first it all looks fine. But then in my new /home/<username> there are only the eight hidden files and folders that also appear in /etc/skel. Maybe the other folders (Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Videos, Templates, etc) will appear if I can boot into it the first time -- or I could just make them myself. I'll await the wise advice of PCNetSpec before attempting to reboot.

I really don't care if the new install is cr*p -- I just want to be able to boot into my old faithful Peppermint 7 and could always try to rescue the new install somehow from there.  ;)


Thanks again, zeb !! 

Regards,

-- Slim

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