[Trisquel-users] What circumstances suggest the need for a BIOS update ?

2015-01-23 Thread amenex
While my Trisquel installation seems perfectly happy with things as they are, it occurs to me that when the time comes that I need to update the BIOS of my legacy motherboard (no Intel email, phone or chat support) can I or should I even try, and can I do so without resort to a *indows

Re: [Trisquel-users] What circumstances suggest the need for a BIOS update ?

2015-01-23 Thread amenex
A private messenger chided me for discussing non-free S/W, but that's the point that lembas addresses above: there _is_ a Trisquel package to perform the task of upgrading BIOS without having to resort to *indows. I was worried because the much-praised Intel site doesn't mention any support

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-01-30 Thread amenex
My DisplayWrite 3 disks came to me about 1985 with a PCXT; they're definitely 360KB. They're double-sided; I never had a PC with the higher-capacity drives that I can remember. There's so little memory on a PCXT that I cannot imagine a Trisquel installation running on one. If there is

[Trisquel-users] Installation of floppy controller card runs into gtk-configure problem

2015-02-07 Thread amenex
Device Side Data makes a 5-1/4 inch floppy controller card (FC5025) that requires that I compile the driver from the supplied sourcecode, freely available here: http://www.deviceside.com/drivers.html I managed to proceed through several compiling stages OK until I got to GTK-1.2. When I

Re: [Trisquel-users] What is Trisquel 7 equivalent of libusb-0.1.12 ?

2015-02-07 Thread amenex
Solved: Turns out it's usblib-dev; at least, that's what worked for me.

Re: [Trisquel-users] What circumstances suggest the need for a BIOS update ?

2015-02-07 Thread amenex
My continuing troubles with 5-1/4 inch floppies prompted me to see if an updated BIOS would activate another floppy driver on the motherboard ... which was in vain ... but Intel's website does provide a reasonable if non-free method of creating a 3-1/2 inch bootable floppy with all the

[Trisquel-users] USB port voltages - checking for reversed motherboard connectors

2015-02-05 Thread amenex
While setting up a second Intel D865GLC motherboard in a generic (no brand name) desktop enclosure I was faced with ambiguous connectors for the front panel USB ports - I can plug them in facing either way, so I can't tell if I have interchanged the +5V and +12V supplied to the device

Re: [Trisquel-users] USB port voltages - checking for reversed motherboard connectors

2015-02-06 Thread amenex
Both responses are correct: I was imagining that +12V pin (Pins 1 2 on Intel's drawing of the MB connector !) Those wire colors: Again, imagination played a role. The red wires of the two USB internal cables are indeed at the #1 and #2 pins now, even though the printing on the two

[Trisquel-users] What is Trisquel 7 equivalent of libusb-0.1.12 ?

2015-02-06 Thread amenex
The 5-1/4 inch floppy reader that I'm installing in a Trisquel 7 system wants me to install libusb-0.1.12 in order to compile a suitable linux driver. Trouble is, sudo apt-get libusb-0.1.12 doesn't get me anywhere, nor does apropos libusb. Any suggestions ? There are other libusb-x.y.z's

Re: [Trisquel-users] USB port voltages - checking for reversed motherboard connectors

2015-02-06 Thread amenex
Solved ! Both USB ports work fine ... I actually had them plugged in OK from the get-go, but was nervous about testing, for fear of letting that magic smoke escape once again.

[Trisquel-users] Enable Wi-Fi disappears from network menu when ThinkPenguin's wireless USB ethernet adapter loses connection

2015-02-06 Thread amenex
In order to free up some ethernet lines on my router, I got a ThinkPenguin.com USB wireless ethernet adapter. It works OK, but my FIOS connection is flaky, and the wireless ethernet connection gets dropped frequently (on other PC's too). This is probably not ThinkPenguin's fault, but in

Re: [Trisquel-users] Installation of floppy controller card runs into gtk-configure problem

2015-02-08 Thread amenex
It seems that apt-get runs into a regex interference: george@george-DA237A-ABA-6430NX-NA910:/etc$ sudo apt-get install gtk-1.2 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Note, selecting 'libaiksaurusgtk-1.2-0' for regex 'gtk-1.2' Note,

Re: [Trisquel-users] Installation of floppy controller card runs into gtk-configure problem

2015-02-08 Thread amenex
Magic Banana inquired: Why would a driver require a graphical toolkit? Funny you should ask. DeviceSide.com suggests both a command-line method of accessing the 5-1/4 inch floppy (presently held up by my difficulty in translating usb-2 in dmesg results into a device in the /dev directory

Re: [Trisquel-users] Achieving native 1680x1050 resolution in Syncmaster 2253BW monitor

2015-01-17 Thread amenex
After trekking through the graphics-card wilderness, I came up with an R92LE-C3S (a.k.a. ATI Radeon 9200SE) which runs on the same generic driver as the HP 6430NX motherboard's built-in graphics. Hence, my desktop looks exactly the same as it did with the motherboard's video output. This is

Re: [Trisquel-users] Importing external inboxes into Icedove; concatenation isn't working for me

2015-01-14 Thread amenex
Arghhh ... T-bird's not free ... Mozilla's not free ... Worse, Icedove has no Tools menu ... At any rate, I discovered KMail, which does have an import function, albeit imperfect, as it failed to detect my installation of Icedove in Trisquel 7. I reported that bug to KDE with some

Re: [Trisquel-users] Achieving native 1680x1050 resolution in Syncmaster 2253BW monitor

2015-01-22 Thread amenex
Until this afternoon, I was despondent and whined: Just where do I find the specific download of a Trisquel-compatible driver for this Intel D865GLC mobo's integrated graphics at the Intel.com website ? ... until a short while (about an hour) after the anticipated motherboard arrived. I

Re: [Trisquel-users] Achieving native 1680x1050 resolution in Syncmaster 2253BW monitor

2015-01-18 Thread amenex
Forget that GeForce 6200 - it's utterly dead and produces a jet black screen on my current installation of Trisquel 7 in my HP 6430NX. My present ATI/Radeon 9200 SE graphics card works great if you can tolerate egg-shaped circles and less-than-native resolution in my SyncMaster 2253BW

Re: [Trisquel-users] Achieving native 1680x1050 resolution in Syncmaster 2253BW monitor

2015-01-18 Thread amenex
Attempting to answer my own questions: Is there a straightforward way of acquiring the ATI/Radeon graphics driver so I can get round circles and not egg-shaped ones ? Anything I can get with sudo apt-get install ? Out of desperation I tried this series of commands: sudo add-apt-repository

Re: [Trisquel-users] Installation of floppy controller card runs into gtk-configure problem

2015-02-16 Thread amenex
Postscript: As to the question of durability: Some of these floppies carry data that's thirty years old, written about fifteen years ago from the original PCXT hard drive. Files that can be read come out perfectly. Disks that can be read may have some bad data but one can always examine the

Re: [Trisquel-users] Installation of floppy controller card runs into gtk-configure problem

2015-02-16 Thread amenex
Solved. It appears that the following packages were also needed in addition to the ones suggested in the instructions by DeviceSide.com supplied with the accompanying CDROM: libusb-dev libgtk2.0-dev, which I obtained easily with sudo apt-get install [filename] Then I found out, strictly

Re: [Trisquel-users] unresponsive keyboard

2015-02-20 Thread amenex
With a former used motherboard, I, too had to follow a ritual to restore keyboard access: Shut down, unplug power cord, press hold start button, restore power, restart ... and sometimes repeat. A newer used motherboard has a dead PS2 connection (never worked for me) so I applied a USB

Re: [Trisquel-users] Nvidia G98M (Quadro NVS 160M) in Belanos

2015-01-27 Thread amenex
After weeks of struggle, I gave up on Nvidia, ATI/AMD Radeon, and ProSavage GPU's altogether and went the farmer's axe route by simply getting an Intel-chipset motherboard to replace the one with a proprietary GPU in the desktop PC's motherboard. Contrary to my pessimistic outlook, the new

[Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-01-27 Thread amenex
Two floppy drives are in my Trisquel 7 setup. One is a 3-1/2 inch that works fine. On the same cable is another floppy drive, a 5-1/4 inch that worked when it was in my old debian system, long since abandoned. However, with them both in place, powered up, and containing appropriate disks,

Re: [Trisquel-users] Nvidia G98M (Quadro NVS 160M) in Belanos

2015-01-28 Thread amenex
Magic Banana said: If it does, then the best solution will be to physically remove the nVidia card. Not only you would get the correct resolution but also better performances and a smaller energy consumption. From a laptop ? Where is there room inside most laptops for an add-on GPU

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-01-30 Thread amenex
I tried replacing the first floppy drive with another spare, and I still get this with dmesg | tail: end_request: I/O error dev fd0, sector 0 Trisquel calls this floppy drive a 1.44M device also ... I'm out-voted. Same result with a different floppy disk, ca. 1992. The drive spins up as

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-02-01 Thread amenex
The BIOS implicitly says that there can be only one floppy drive installed at the same time, so I had to switch from the 3-1/2 inch drive to the 5-1/4 inch drive by unplugging the cable from the one and attaching it to the other.

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-02-01 Thread amenex
The BIOS for my motherboard has settings for the floppy type - no automatic detection. I have tried the 360K and 1.2M settings, and the only clue I have is that at the 360K setting the drive itself doesn't care whether I put the disk in place rightside up or rightside down - the motor runs

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-02-01 Thread amenex
Updated the BIOS ... still cannot read that 5-1/4 inch drive (although I could read the 3-1/2 inch floppy ... or I couldn't have updated that BIOS !) Here's the automount failure diagnostics after the BIOS update: [ 102.560026] [ 102.560040] floppy driver state [ 102.560043]

Re: [Trisquel-users] installing libreboot on a x60 thinkpad

2015-02-01 Thread amenex
tomlukeywood said, properly: I think you misunderstood my question I sure did. However, I now understand the basic process better after doing Intel's boot update for my G865GLC motherboard. Intel's instructions rather set the standard for understandability, if not the four freedoms ...

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-02-01 Thread amenex
Do good things come in threes ? Trying that theory, I hooked up my third spare 5-1/4 inch floppy drive ... same errors. This time, I'm reporting the first of about six retries: [ 105.166522] i915: render error detected, EIR: 0x0010 [seems to be related to the GPU, but I don't see any

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-01-30 Thread amenex
About Trisquel's view of the floppy: The OS says 1.44MB, but it's really 360KB. I'll go find another 5-1/4 inch floppy drive, just in case this one's defective or just plain tired. Almost all the floppies I've saved have data on them, but there must be blanks somewhere in the various totes.

Re: [Trisquel-users] installing libreboot on a x60 thinkpad

2015-01-30 Thread amenex
Just a note of experience from this long-time (three weeks) Trisquel user: Make a bootable flash drive (I used an 8GB one) and load Trisquel's iso with the nice usb-flashdrive installer. Add as many applications with the software installer as you like, being sure to check how much free space

Re: [Trisquel-users] New user - root password problems

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
Years ago, when I first set up a non-free OS on my laptop PC, one of the very first things it did was ask me to set an administrative password. I know this because that password appears near the top of the page of notes that I kept at the time. Trisquel 7.0 didn't do this, and even after a

Re: [Trisquel-users] New user - root password problems

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
Waitaminnit ... Magic Banana said: Anyway you can get a root terminal if you wish: $ sudo -i That's nice to know, though I'd be scared to use it; that fifteen (or five) minute rule is a good safeguard for us forgetful sudo-user folks. You can even get a root user if you really want to.

[Trisquel-users] Achieving native 1680x1050 resolution in Syncmaster 2253BW monitor

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
Recently I gave up on a couple of other distro's wherein I could not get the attached monitor to reach its native reolution of 1680x1050 pixels, which I had been able to see with a debian ditribution until its Nvidia video card broke. I retired that computer. The new computer is the

Re: [Trisquel-users] New user - root password problems

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
Regarding Magic Banana's comment: ... there is a good chance that george chose weaker passwords! You betcha ! I'm betting that my router's security gives me the degree of protection that I need. How secure is the automatic login feature ? If that has some security, then I can upgrade my

Re: [Trisquel-users] Achieving native 1680x1050 resolution in Syncmaster 2253BW monitor

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
Samsung (maker of the SyncMaster 2253BW) is of no help; explicitly - that's what they say. Search on VESA configuration returns information of interest only to developers. My Displays GUI lists only a few, lower resolutions. Grub displays a very sharp, crisp extremely high resolution text

Re: [Trisquel-users] Can't use gparted either from LiveCD or on installed Trisquel

2015-01-10 Thread amenex
ADFENO wrote helpfully: ... snippage ... # The output should be exactly one line, otherwise, abort. # 2. sudo blkid | grep TYPE=\xfs\ That line would not work as written or any other way I tried ... Here's what I got with sudo blkid instead: george@george-DA237A-ABA-6430NX-NA910:~$ sudo

Re: [Trisquel-users] Retrieving mail from old hard drives into IceDove

2015-01-12 Thread amenex
Regarding syntax: chown --help reveals: Usage: chown [OPTION]... [OWNER][:[GROUP]] FILE... Which to me means OWNER comes before GROUP in: sudo chown -R george.users ~/.icedove/* Besides ... it worked, and the locked symbols instantly went away on all the root-owned accounts under

Re: [Trisquel-users] Technical advantages of Trisquel over Debian?

2015-01-06 Thread amenex
Here's what a perpetual newbie has to say about debian vs. Trisquel: I was a long-time user of debian until my Nvidia graphics card hosed the whole system, and I did not want the hassle of another Nvidia card install. Furthermore, I had experienced three or four new debian packages forced

[Trisquel-users] Can't use gparted either from LiveCD or on installed Trisquel

2015-01-06 Thread amenex
Here's my dilemma as seen from the LiveCD: sda1 is ext4 and has plenty of spare room for additional applications. Gparted says that sda2 has an extended file system and includes both sda5 (linux-swap) and sda6 (xfs), but the xfs formatted sda6 partition can't be shrunk according to File

[Trisquel-users] Naming conventions for Abrowser, Web Browser are broken

2015-01-13 Thread amenex
While trying to find a way of using a search function within web pages, I found nothing at all in Add/Remove Applications relating to my originally installed browser package that seems to call itself Abrowser and so I instead installed Web Browser from within Add/Remove Applications. That

[Trisquel-users] Importing external inboxes into Icedove; concatenation isn't working for me

2015-01-13 Thread amenex
Way back in the old days, I had a *scape inbox that lost its EOF scent. I opened the file with a text editor and [somehow] stopped the scrolling when it got down to nothing but asterisks. I cut them all off, saved the file, and voila ... rescued that inbox. That was in *indows 3.11, I think.

Re: [Trisquel-users] Can't use gparted either from LiveCD or on installed Trisquel

2015-01-09 Thread amenex
Not too fast ... continuing annoyance ... how can I fix this: 11. Reboot into the installed Trisquel. (This produced a complaint regarding sda6 home !) 12. In a root terminal (a bug reached by selecting M for Manual repair): $ mount -t xfs /dev/sda6 /home 13. Reboot successfully into a

Re: [Trisquel-users] Can't use gparted either from LiveCD or on installed Trisquel

2015-01-08 Thread amenex
Magic Banana said (in part) Edit the fstab file (in the etc directory of the first partition) so that the first column of the line with /home becomes /dev/sdaX (where X is the number you noted earlier) The bad news: My fstab's didn't identify /dev/sda6, either in the Live Trisquel or in

Re: [Trisquel-users] Retrieving mail from old hard drives into IceDove

2015-01-12 Thread amenex
Upon looking at the .icedove folder with File Manager, I discovered that the account that was working OK was under my ownership, but the others were open only to root (in Trisquel ?) so I did this: sudo chown -R george.users ~/.icedove/* Which gave me the needed ownership ... alas, still

Re: [Trisquel-users] Retrieving mail from old hard drives into IceDove

2015-01-12 Thread amenex
Continuing my saga ... After collecting vast quantities of old email repositories into one place on my NAS, I chose to start with the easiest one: The Thunderbird installation on my *indows laptop. I managed to do this by opening two instances of Terminal (one to help me keep track of the

Re: [Trisquel-users] IceDove replaced Thunderbird.

2015-01-07 Thread amenex
Thunderbird won't install from Add/Remove Applications, so I tried sudo apt-get install thunderbird, whereupon I was informed that IceDove had replaced Thunderbird and the installation of IceDove proceeded forthwith without incident. Now I'm hunting for the Profiles location so I can start

Re: [Trisquel-users] New user - root password problems

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
You may not believe this, but I have been trying to understand the system. I was a long-time (ca. 15 years) debian user who never had any difficulties with using sudo and who doesn't even remember having to do anything as root. I got along fine with sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get

Re: [Trisquel-users] New user - root password problems

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
Magic Banana asked: I am confused. Do you like sudo's losing of the administrative permissions after some time? Then why do you want a root user? Aha. Only because of that bug in HPLIP wherein it asked for my root password when it wanted to go to a third-party (actually an HP site)

Re: [Trisquel-users] New user - root password problems

2015-01-05 Thread amenex
: george@amenex:/etc/sudoers.d$ sudo adduser george sudo The user `george' is already a member of `sudo'. george@amenex:/etc/sudoers.d$ sudo adduser root admin adduser: The group `admin' does not exist. Running in advanced mode, this it what I then got (note the ~ that now appears before $): george

Re: [Trisquel-users] Can't use gparted either from LiveCD or on installed Trisquel

2015-01-07 Thread amenex
Here's what I'm seeing in the installed trisquel: (1) sudo mount | grep sda6 -- /dev/sda6 on /home type xfs (rw,relatime) (2) sudo cat /etc/fstab -- (snippage) -- # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation UUID=7e8b4066-a36e-4b73-a185-3cd4c9c10bad / ext4

Re: [Trisquel-users] Technical advantages of Trisquel over Debian?

2015-01-07 Thread amenex
onpon4 said: I think amenex is talking about a version of HPLIP downloaded from the HPLIP website. Nope; my notes say that I was installing HPLIP toolbox while using the Add/Remove Applications service running in my original installed Trisquel. I remember a different set of options

[Trisquel-users] Retrieving mail from old hard drives into IceDove

2015-01-07 Thread amenex
In another thread I asked about bringing mail (stored in Mozilla-style profiles) into IceDove, and now what seemed like an open-and-shut process has gotten more complicated. First, the /home directory on my old debian hard drive has me in it, but there's no Mail folder there ... but that

Re: [Trisquel-users] New user - root password problems

2015-01-06 Thread amenex
OK -I'm convinced. The only reason for worrying about root passwords did not come up after my second DVD-install of Trisquel - That pesky HPLIP application never asked for it, and I got CUPS configured w/o any hassles. So if any other application wants a root password, I'll stop that install

Re: [Trisquel-users] Achieving native 1680x1050 resolution in Syncmaster 2253BW monitor

2015-01-06 Thread amenex
Not wanting to settle on less than the monitor's native 1680x1050 resolution, I waded through a great many video cards at Staples, eBay MicroCenter and ordered an AMD Radeon R5 230, which has a semi-favorable free vs. proprietary drivers discussion here:

Re: [Trisquel-users] Getting an obsolete package with apt-get

2015-03-18 Thread amenex
Still stumbling around. I added the following lines to my /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://oldarchive.trisquel.info/trisquel/pool/main/k/kompozer/kompozer-data_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1_all.deb kompozer main deb

Re: [Trisquel-users] Installation of floppy controller card runs into gtk-configure problem

2015-03-18 Thread amenex
Followup: The process of extracting data from those old floppies has settled into a workable routine. First, I start DeviceSideData's terminal interface, put a floppy disk into the 5-1/4 inch drive, and capture an image of the disk into an appropriate directory. Then I create a mount

Re: [Trisquel-users] Getting an obsolete package with apt-get

2015-03-18 Thread amenex
Magic Banana suggested: download http://oldarchive.trisquel.info/trisquel/pool/main/k/kompozer/kompozer-data_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1_all.deb and http://oldarchive.trisquel.info/trisquel/pool/main/k/kompozer/kompozer_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu1_i386.deb and install them in the same order Alas,

[Trisquel-users] Abrowser won't let me associate Gnome's mplayer with MP4 files

2015-03-22 Thread amenex
Whatever app is associated with Abrowser, whenever I try to open an MP4 video from an HTML file, Abroswer's app insists that the video file is corrupt. However, when I save the video file to my Documents folder, Mplayer runs it just fine. So does *indows 7, for that matter. But I've not

[Trisquel-users] Profile Manager in icedove doesn't see imported profiles, or any profile, for that matter, unless I delete profiles.ini

2015-03-16 Thread amenex
My laptop's screen is going belly-up, and so I'm trying to transfer my Thunderbird emails into icedove on a Trisquel 7 installation. I installed icedove in the Trisquel 7 desktop, but I didn't activate it. After rebooting, a .default profile and a profiles.ini file appeared. Then I

Re: [Trisquel-users] Getting an obsolete package with apt-get

2015-03-17 Thread amenex
I'm using Trisquel 7. Presumably there's a way of telling apt-get which archive to use - it's easy enough to locate that archive, as Kompozer is alive and well in the hinterlands, just not in the current trisquel repository.

Re: [Trisquel-users] Getting an obsolete package with apt-get

2015-03-17 Thread amenex
Here's what I've tried, so far without success: sudo add-app-repository http://oldarchive.trisquel.info/trisquel/pool/main/k/kompozer/; That took OK, but subsequently, sudo apt-get install kompozer failed. Couldn't find the kompozer package. Evidently,

[Trisquel-users] Getting an obsolete package with apt-get

2015-03-17 Thread amenex
Despite what the Forum thinks about Kompozer, it's still out there, and it's close to a one-for-one replacement for the Composer that used to come with Firefox ... and I just want to create edit plain old HTML. How can I force apt-get to install Kompozer ? Isn't there a simple command,

Re: [Trisquel-users] 3G modems coming integrated with Next Gen Intel Atom (for real this time)

2015-03-09 Thread amenex
Let's get the discussion back on track. There's another way of achieving high speed 'puters, and that's by harnessing them together, as in the twenty-mule-team CPU. That would spread out the heat load, and the array could simply piggyback on the socket of an obsolete motherboard. A long

Re: [Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-03-10 Thread amenex
Some time ago, Magic Banana asked: Didn't you ask for the support of some languages in Language support (in System settings)? Today the question became clear. I'm starting up a ubuntu OS in a Power Spec desktop PC supplied by Micro Center (no proprietary interest on my part) and the

Re: [Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-03-10 Thread amenex
Some time ago, Magic Banana asked: Didn't you ask for the support of some languages in Language support (in System settings)? Today the question became clear. I'm starting up a ubuntu OS in a Power Spec desktop PC supplied by Micro Center (no proprietary interest on my part) and the

Re: [Trisquel-users] I'm getting pops from my speakers every I start an application that uses sound on my Libreboot X60.

2015-03-06 Thread amenex
Chances are that there is a DC offset in the amp that drives the speakers, so that the speaker coils get yanked one way or the other when the amp gets turned on. In the old days there was a zero offset pot. Nowadays one thing to try is to repeatedly plug 'em in and out to clean up the dirty

Re: [Trisquel-users] Bug: Add Remove Programs hangs forever while selecting packages to install

2015-03-07 Thread amenex
Don't select more than one package at a time. Instead, select one package, then apply; then choose continue to choose the next one, and so on. Never all at once. Could also be that Trisquel doesn't like one of your choices, such as Thunderbird. it's still in the list of programs to add or

Re: [Trisquel-users] Abrowser won't let me associate Gnome's mplayer with MP4 files

2015-03-24 Thread amenex
Oops. I meant MP4 of course. GNOME MPlayer played my video at triple time with mplayer2 replaced by mplayer, so I uninstalled GNOME MPlayer and then reinstalled it. At first, I thought that ABrowser didn't like a couple of MP4 files that I had edited. But now I see that is doesn't like

Re: [Trisquel-users] Abrowser won't let me associate Gnome's mplayer with MP4 files

2015-03-24 Thread amenex
The Mozplugger app appeared OK after I used apt-get to install it, but that pesky corrupt file appears nevertheless when I try to view that nasty MV4 file by clicking on the link in my HTML file in ABrowser. Worse, Video MPEG-4 is nowhere to be found. Mozplugger didn't show up until after

Re: [Trisquel-users] Somebody has experience with Trisquel in a Lenovo Thinkpad T520?

2015-03-29 Thread amenex
These libre conversion app's have a long way to go. I tried an OCR engine ... which converted the .JPG file (about 100 words from a screenshot made with a digital camera) nearly flawlessly to a text version that seemed to have no errors at all, but then all I could do was save it as .XML

Re: [Trisquel-users] Abrowser won't let me associate Gnome's mplayer with MP4 files

2015-03-29 Thread amenex
At leny2010's suggestion, I altered MozPlugger's configuration file thusly: cat 60-video.conf ### ### Video ### ### video/mpeg:mpeg,mpg,mpe:MPEG animation video/x-mpeg:mpeg,mpg,mpe:MPEG animation video/x-mpeg2:mpv2,mp2ve:MPEG2 animation

Re: [Trisquel-users] Somebody has experience with Trisquel in a Lenovo Thinkpad T520?

2015-03-29 Thread amenex
Little did I know ... Tegaki Recognize is for Chinese Japanese charcters only. Turns out that just plain old _handwriting_ is next to impossible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handwriting_recognition). A friend was attempting to analyze handwriting fifty years ago by converting it to

Re: [Trisquel-users] Brother DCP-7055 printer

2015-02-28 Thread amenex
amilopowers is being extremely patient ... Ever watch Cops on cable TV ? The cop yells a command ... the subject doesn't comply 'cuz the cop slurred his words, so the cop yells the same words louder and faster ... Fast forward to the Trisquel forum ... try something other than yelling ...

Re: [Trisquel-users] Test and install Trisquel on any laptops without operating system

2015-02-28 Thread amenex
Grandchaos9000 has a point ... It seems as though [all ?] the USB installers are *indows programs so it may be universally assumed, even here, that someone new to gnu/linux/trisquel is starting with an ancillary *indows computer that wasn't free. If I'm sitting here with an OS-less

Re: [Trisquel-users] unresponsive keyboard

2015-03-03 Thread amenex
Trisquel has a role, perhaps unintended. Today my *inXP laptop's USB ports ceased functioning ... the USB mouse would not work where I usually plug it in, and nowhere else, for that matter. Then the touchpad stopped working; *inXP would not boot, not even past the black screen ... Then I

Re: [Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-03-01 Thread amenex
Magic Banana inquired: Didn't you ask for the support of some languages in Language support (in System settings)? Nope ... but I did choose us-en way back at the beginning. The rest was the upgrade manager's work. At first I thought this was my fault for shoehorning that fat32 Data

Re: [Trisquel-users] Laptop screen goes black

2015-03-01 Thread amenex
Try a Google search on: dmesg after abrupt shutdown trisquel without the quotes.

Re: [Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-03-01 Thread amenex
Dodged: I used Gparted again, reformatting the half of the flashdrive that had the standard Trisquel on it and then using the Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.8.exe to install the Trisquel Mini iso instead. After installation, I could run sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade

Re: [Trisquel-users] Can't boot NetInstall

2015-03-01 Thread amenex
Make sure you've adjusted the BIOS to enable booting from a USBdisk; even if the installer makes the USB flashdrive bootable, in my experience it helps to mention something to the BIOS also.

Re: [Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-03-01 Thread amenex
Solved ... sort of. Google rescued me with a search on removing language help packages ... leading to the term, extensions. Those are what have to be removed - both help packages and language packages - with Synaptic Package Manager, which permitted me to mark umpteen such extensions for

Re: [Trisquel-users] Test and install Trisquel on any laptops without operating system

2015-03-01 Thread amenex
Try a Google search on disabling UEFI secure boot.

[Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-02-23 Thread amenex
Starting with an 8GB flash disk, I formatted it fat32 and then used Gparted (on another Trisquel 7 flash drive that is working OK) to split it into a pair of roughly 4GB partitions, one formatted fat32 and the other ext3. Then I used Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.8.exe in my *inXP laptop to

Re: [Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-02-24 Thread amenex
davidnotcoulthard inquired: you were performing the update on a LiveUSB? Yes - that's worked before, on the LiveUSB with which I Gparted the errant one. My worry is that the apt-get upgrade said it was getting 350MB, that the upgrade would take up 75MB beyond that was already there, and

Re: [Trisquel-users] Apt-get upgrade runs amuck in Trisquel thumb drive

2015-02-24 Thread amenex
davidnotcoulthard queried: ... lack of RAM ? Not hardly ... the laptop has 4GB.

[Trisquel-users] Loop devices, mounted disk image, all vanish from NAS

2015-02-21 Thread amenex
Here I am, going great guns extracting old DisplayWrite 3 files from my stash of 5-1/4 inch floppy disks, when an unexpected consequence develops: I had made a series of about twenty disk images with the FC5025 hardware and software described previously, but I was converting them right on my

Re: [Trisquel-users] unresponsive keyboard

2015-02-20 Thread amenex
marioxcc said: You are confusing different concepts. Not so fast; look here: http://savethenbn.com/res/CopperOxide.pdf The specified contact resistance of a USB connector is 0.030 ohm. Let's say that the copper oxide rectifier at the copper/copper-oxide/copper junction has a 0.3 volt

Re: [Trisquel-users] Somebody has experience with Trisquel in a Lenovo Thinkpad T520?

2015-03-26 Thread amenex
For what it's worth, I recently purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad T420 with *indows 7 preinstalled, shrank the *indows portion of the hard drive wiith the *indows disk management tool, and then installed Trisquel 7 from the LiveCD into the now-unused disk space, seamlessly and with no hassles. I

Re: [Trisquel-users] Getting an obsolete package with apt-get

2015-03-18 Thread amenex
Success ! Magic Banana suggested (with appropriate local adjustment for my new Lenovo T420 laptop): download http://oldarchive.trisquel.info/trisquel/pool/main/k/kompozer/kompozer-data_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1_all.deb and

Re: [Trisquel-users] Trisquel 7 and two floppy drives: 2-1/2 and 5-1/4

2015-01-29 Thread amenex
Thanks Trisquelian for the helpful thoughts. Alas, even when I tried to simplify things by disconnecting the 3-1/2 inch floppy drive so that there is only the 5-1/4 inch drive in place, all Trisquel 7 can do is detect that the floppy is fd0 and that it's a National Semiconductor PC87306,

Re: [Trisquel-users] Abrowser won't let me associate Gnome's mplayer with MP4 files

2015-03-23 Thread amenex
The Plug-ins and Add-ons menus aren't helping, either.

Re: [Trisquel-users] Abrowser won't let me associate Gnome's mplayer with MP4 files

2015-03-23 Thread amenex
Here's what my Applications tab reveals: Debian package? Always ask DOS/Windows executable? Always ask ircs ? Always ask mailto(W) Use KMailService (default) Podcast? Preview in ABrowser

Re: [Trisquel-users] Security Updates

2015-04-24 Thread amenex
Still seems broken: sudo apt-get upgrade --fix-missing [sudo] password for XX: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Calculating upgrade... Done The following packages have been kept back: apt linux-headers-lowlatency

Re: [Trisquel-users] Security Updates

2015-04-25 Thread amenex
As of April 25th, it seems to be working again. Thanks !

Re: [Trisquel-users] Security Updates

2015-04-23 Thread amenex
Funny you should ask. Same situation here for Trisquel 7.

Re: [Trisquel-users] via manufacturer emails on entirely free software mainboard

2015-05-06 Thread amenex
There is a corollary to this problem: obsolete hardware such as floppy disks software like KompoZer, both of which I faced on this forum, and with considerable success. Once equipped, these devices can work just about forever for those who need them. KompoZer works better for me than the

Re: [Trisquel-users] How can I make a master boot record without resorting to Windows ?

2015-05-12 Thread amenex
Followup: That pesky motherboard (same Intel D865GLC as I'm using in a couple other successful Trisquel 7 installations) just wouldn't cooperate, even after I raised it up away from the case with some nifty standoffs, so I set it aside and got another one from a different source and then

Re: [Trisquel-users] Mouse dind't work ...

2015-05-13 Thread amenex
Either a USB mouse or a PS/2 mouse would cost less than an adapter ... anyway, get plenty of spares.

Re: [Trisquel-users] How can I make a master boot record without resorting to Windows ?

2015-05-13 Thread amenex
More followups: The pesky motherboard may have been an unfortunate combination of flaky power supply, rejected desktop case, and/or intermittents in the motherboard. At times I could get the power LED to come on by shorting the power switch leads to each other with a hard-drive

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