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  Finding Hardware?
Posted by: R.Miller96 - 02-06-2020, 11:26 PM - Forum: EzeeLinux Community Commons - Replies (1)

Don't know where else to post this so here I go.

I have a Motherboard someone gave be a few years back and finally have some money to build a machine around it.  I've been looking around the net a bit for reasonably priced RAM and CPU.  Sites like ebay, craigslist, FB marketplace, newegg, Amazon.  

I don't want to spend too much money on a platform that's this old. 
ASUS P8B75-M LE - motherboard - micro ATX - LGA1155 Socket

My question to you guys; Do you know of any other good sites I can source some hardware?
I haven't bought hardware in so long I don't know where to look.

Edit: I see these cheap brands "A-tech", "Motoeagle", "Parts-Quick", and "Komputerbay" RAM (mostly the A-tech) on Amazon. Anyone here have any experience with these brands?

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  Live FD opinion(s) and a caution
Posted by: Howard - 02-05-2020, 11:59 PM - Forum: Mint - Replies (8)

Since I can't get Mint to install, and don't know why, let me ask everyone, what Live package software do you recommend? I used Multibootfd. I have not gotten a Mint Cinnamon 19.3 .iso to install, and run. Runs ok on the FD, but won't load onto the HD successfully.
   My caution, my one bit of knowledge to another newb is, do not use Etcher. Etcher made a SD card, and a FD stick, unusable, and completely un recoverable. I don't know how, or why, that's just my firsthand experience. No more Linux experimenting till I get some new FDs.
  Can Multibootfd prevent my .iso s from installing to the HD? I really don't have an answer, just the experience, so far.
  Is RUFUS ok? Safe? I'll probably try that next.
  What install options do you use when installing Mint?
 Are the failed installs, since the first one, leaving something on the new HD that is screwing up GRUB?
   Can I install GRUB after it fails? Or run it independently? Maybe at the initramfs prompt?
Sorry for the questions. By next year I'll have answers, and be useful. Thanks anyone. Howard.

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  missing ethernet
Posted by: Merlin_of_Chaos - 02-04-2020, 05:10 PM - Forum: Ubuntu - Replies (1)

hi guys i have just tried to switch from wireless to wired on my desktop but ubuntu cant "see" my ethernet port any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated

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  Mint 19.3 install fail
Posted by: Howard - 02-03-2020, 04:19 PM - Forum: Mint - Replies (21)

Good morning everyone. This is day 2 of my attempt to install Linux Mint 19.3 on a virgin 1TB hard drive. I booted from a live flash drive, clicked install from the desktop, and used the first choice to let Mint partition the HD. The installation stopped at a black screen with a initramfs prompt. I made a new live fd, and tried the install again. Now I can't even boot Mint from the flash drive. Puppy will boot into RAM, so I am guessing that there is a partition problem from the previous Mint attempt. I suppose the now screwed HD needs to be wiped clean, and another try at installing Linux made. The thing is, I have no idea how to remove whatever mint did. Apparently, mint does not wipe the HD clean as stated. I am also guessing that I should have made another partitioning choice rather than letting mint do it automatically. Again, I'm lost as to how to set a partition that mint can find.  I hope that my lack of knowledge of Linux does not deter anyone from helping. What's basic to you, is far ahead of where I am. Thanks, Howard

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  "Could not resolve host"
Posted by: Richard - 02-03-2020, 02:17 PM - Forum: GNU/Linux, Unix, BASH and More - Replies (7)

I have an Arch machine running in VirtualBox. When I try: "ping google.com" I get "Temporary failure in name resolution".

When I try "pacman -S xorg" I first get a list of the packages associated with xorg. I select "default: all" and get a list of all of the files to be downloaded. I enter "y" and then get a long scrolling list of all of the mirrors it attempts to connect to with a notice for each, "Could not resolve host".

My knowledge of networking is pretty weak, and the Arch wikis throw a lot of acronyms at me as if I should know the jargon.

How can I get networking to work?


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  feh script refusing to work with crontab [SOLVED}
Posted by: Huxley - 02-03-2020, 01:20 PM - Forum: GNU/Linux, Unix, BASH and More - Replies (7)

Linux Mint 19.3
Cinnamon 4.4.8

I've written a basic script which enables feh to select a randomized wallpaper, which works when I run it manually. The file is executable, owned by myself, has permissions 764 (also tried 777), and is located in ~/bin

feh -z --bg-scale ~/pictures/Wallpapers/
However, I can't get it to run at start up using crontab, which is set as:
@reboot sleep 30 && /path/to/file &

I've tried increment delays up to 60s, as well as no delay. I've toggled between running it in the background with and without '&', and I've also tired this variation:

@reboot sleep 30; /path/to/file &

Finally, I've tried running it as sudo crontab, which hasn't worked either. I'm sure it's an easy fix, but I'm all out of ideas. Can anyone help me out, please?

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  ffmpeg: Changing the encoded date and recorded date
Posted by: trymeout - 02-03-2020, 01:47 AM - Forum: GNU/Linux, Unix, BASH and More - Replies (3)

How do you change encoded date and the recorded date of a MP4 file using ffmpeg? I tried this command but I think the issue is the date/time format is not correct for ffmpeg and I cannot figure out what it is.

No matter what I try, when I open the new MP4 file in the Media Info application, it does not show a recorded date or an encoded date field, but the original file does have an recorded date or an encoded date field.

Here is the command that I been using to make a copy of the video but with a different encoded date and different recorded date field.

ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -vcodec copy -acodec copy -metadata recorded="2014-12-31T23:44:55" -metadata encoded="2014-12-31T23:44:55" video2.mp4

Any help will be most appreciated

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  "Pre-sale" question
Posted by: Bob. - 02-01-2020, 11:19 PM - Forum: Mint - Replies (9)

Hey y'all. Given Win 7 EOL, I'm exploring alternatives. I'm keeping win 7, but take security issues seriously, so would like to start playing around with Linux and have the idea that I can "weave" it into my routine. The immediate usage would be to employ it for downloading bank transaction files and transferring the files to an offline Win 7 machine that I use exclusively for my business and personal books (QuickBooks and Quicken).

But I guess the preliminary question would be:

The machine I would be installing Linux to has several HDDs with several partitions. My plan is to unplug the existing system drive (windows) and plug in a formatted SSD to install Linux to. I will just power down and switch drives when I need Linux. My concern is the other partitions. I would need to use the data on these partitions regardless of the OS. Will there be any impact on these partitions if one switches back and forth? Any other caveats I haven't thought of?

Having read a couple of negative posts about Mint 'going downhill', I also wonder if Mint is the best option.

I'm tech adept and have been building and using Windows machines for years, but have zero experience with Linux. Thanks for any help.

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  Recover windows files
Posted by: Howard - 02-01-2020, 07:27 PM - Forum: Mint - Replies (9)

Hi all. Another new guy here, 3 days on Mint 19.3 live on a flash drive. I have no doubt that the answer I need is posted somewhere on the entire internet/web, and I AM searching, not just being lazy. Here's my plea for help:

I am on a Toshiba Satellite C55-B52 something. Win 10 became unbootable (While running Malwarebytes premium, so beware!). None of the refresh, repair, restore things worked. I can't even tell if these failed repair efforts wiped out all my windoze files, or not. I hope not. I bought a cheap laptop to run winders on, because I need to run a vinyl cutter program (Silhouette Studio), and there is no Linux alternative, that I can find. I used the new computer to create a Mint 19.3 live flash drive, in hopes of rescuing my old win 10 files, before I do a real Linux install, which I think would wipe out all my files. I have tried looking at the partitions from the Mint desktop, but I am unable to find any of my old pics, etc. .All folders say empty.  Is  there a trick to making win files visible in Mint?
   I will not be returning to Win anything, except to run my essential, non Linux compatible programs. BTW, I have read that Studio will not run in WINE. Will anyone tell a LM19.3, three day veteran, how to make my old pic files visible, so I can save them elsewhere, and get on with Linux?
   Thanks for any help, Howard

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  SwapFile V partitioned Swap-Space
Posted by: eliasw4u - 01-31-2020, 06:32 PM - Forum: GNU/Linux, Unix, BASH and More - Replies (11)

In today's tech with virtual machines being the new norm for checking new distros why are we still using partitioned swap-space? swap-file is SO much easier to setup, and modify. I can not think of a single reason why a partition would be better. I used to think that it would be better if you had multiple Linux systems on metal, but that was squashed the first time I hibernated one system and loaded another. it messed up the hibernated system. so, now I am strictly swap-file. I am surre many will dissagree, and that is ok. if you have a swap partition I am not busting your chops. it works fine. it is just more difficult to modify. 

for those who use swapfile i have a simple script that makes modifying it as simple as it gets. it is not flashy, or fancy, but it works flawlessly and it is so fast.

It can be found here.

if you have an opinion, advice, an idea you would like to share I accept all input. even critics.


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