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Artwork & Screenshots / October 2017 Screenshot thread
« on: October 01, 2017, 05:18:25 AM »
Please remember to use thumbnails! Thanks...

Love "Quintet N. 1"  By 'Dustin O'Halloran' on the album "Lumiere".  So haunting...  (not the Halloween kind!)

Also, no further issues with sleep/hybernation/black-screen after installing Nvidia drivers several hours (7hrs 20min) ago...   8)

General Support / Shotwell working for everyone?
« on: September 23, 2017, 02:50:25 AM »
So I've been without 'shotwell' for a couple of weeks now.  I use it to maintain a huge photo library.  This has not been my day.

General Support / wicd lost after dist-up
« on: September 02, 2017, 04:13:51 AM »
lost wicd-gtk and all the python dependencies...  Just a warning to anyone using wireless on wicd, so far I've been unable to get wicd to reinstall.  This is not an issue for me, but for those with little CLI experience, or no DE, or 'Network managing' front-ends, you may be in trouble...

I've Got a Life / Half empty nest...
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:19:05 AM »
Well my beautiful 18 year old daughter has gone out to face the big bad world.  She is going the UMaine and living on campus in the dorms.  A weird hole appears in your life at the absence of a child who's always been with you.

I did send her on her way with a rather large 'Dire Wolf', so she should be fairly safe!  Not to mention it is the great white north.
I love and am so proud of her!!!

VSIDO Discussions / Icedove 'de-branded'
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:59:57 PM »
So no more Icedove?  Mine went ahead and updated and migrated my Icedove settings.  (Once I had done an 'UP', the next restart of icedove resulted in the migration)  Sure enough, it says 'Thunderbird' in the window title...

How To's / How To: Recover that ext4 drive that Windows killed
« on: January 25, 2017, 06:17:36 PM »
So if you've ever had to attach an ext4 drive to windows and then install (on windows) a tool for it to read, or "GASP", write to that ext4 drive, good luck with the data on it next time you boot it in Linux.  Turns out that every time Windows boots it screws with the 'superblock' on the hdd.  Even though it doesn't recognize the ext2, ext3, or ext4 formats.  This totally confuses the 'you know what' out of Linux.  (everything Winders does confuses Linux)

Here's hopefully, a fix for that drive and getting your data back.  This is all done via terminal, and all the things you need are "OBVIOUSLY" already installed on VSIDO.

At any point in this process if it asks you if you want to repair something, which it undoubtedly will, you'll want to say yes.  I've done this procedure several times, and never regretted it.  Besides if you are following this 'howto' then something terrible has already happened to the drive right?  So good luck and no warranties with this.

So open terminal, and to determine partition/drive names type the following;

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sudo fdisk -l
This will give you the names you need for next.  Still in the same terminal, you'll need to find out if it is the 'superblock' that is the issue so you need to do an 'fsck' on that drive.  Heres how:

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sudo fsck.ext4 -v /dev/sda
That represents my hdd on my machine.  Yours may be and probably will be different.  Just be sure you have the correct /dev/xxx for your particular drive.  This will take a few minutes.  My 1TB internal storage drive takes less than 5 minutes to complete this start to finish.

If the 'superblock' is indeed the culprit you can restore a previous 'superblock' backup.  In the same terminal, type the following to find your 'superblock' backups and accomplish this:

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sudo mke2fs -n /dev/sda
This command gives you a list of the backed up 'superblocks' on the bad drive.  Choose one from the beginning of the list is my general rule of thumb.  It may even recommend which to choose.  Safe to pick the choice it offers you, if indeed it does give you a choice.  To restore the backed up 'superblock' type the following in the terminal;

Remember, throughout this process you may have to decide whether you want to say (Y) to a repair question.  I've never regretted it.  Matter of fact, if you get tired of typing in (Y) for yes every time, you can also type (A) and it will do all the repairs without questioning you for each one.

(replace 'block-number-here' in the command below with the block number recommended to you by the program or a block number of your choosing from the list provided by the command above)

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sudo e2fsck -b block-number-here /dev/sda
Reboot and enjoy your recovered drive.

General Support / Nitrogen not restoring wallpaper
« on: December 24, 2016, 04:42:10 AM »
Just a heads up to let you know that there is a known bug that is causing Nitrogen to not replace your wallpaper on a logout or reboot.  It is because of Conky using the 'desktop' own_window_type. Nitrogen 'sees' that and thinks it is an overlay covering the whole desktop.  So, no wallpaper.  I've gotten around it by using the (sleep 10s && launch foo here) in my autostart file in ./.fluxbox directory.  YMMV...

I've Got a Life / Can't sl eep...
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:23:02 AM »
Snowed in up here. Got around 33 inches of snow in the last 3 weeks...
Now it refuses to warm up.  The first 2 storms, it was still warm enough that some of the accumulation did melt a bit, but then this freeze hit and then Sunday and Monday, yep, more snow...

At least this time it was cold enough the snow stayed fluffy and light and was a breeze to clean up.  I'd say there's still a good 2 feet on the ground.  I'm gonna go ahead and predict a white Christmas up here this year.  (again)


General Support / (SOLVED) Latest xserver updates bork my VSIDO
« on: November 25, 2016, 06:33:55 AM »
So like it says in the title!  :D  Ran a 'UP' (another perfect alias) and was totally 'burned' by xorg.  I played around with it for a bit, but needed to be up and running so I restored yesterdays fsa archive!

Just a heads up and a place to ponder this...  ???

I hate the touchpad on this MSI laptop.  It is my least hated option on this laptop.  I will NEVER buy another MSI product in the future.  It is not solely related to this issue that I make that statement. (the 90 sec)
So I have an NVMe PCIe drive.  Seen by fdisk, parted, gparted, fstab, blkid, lsblk, you get the idea, as nvme0n1.  OK, so in /etc/fstab:

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### first '6' lines are the original fstab for the VSIDO install
### we'll call this section 1.
#proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
#UUID=bda2cbcd-9696-419b-baf4-2e875fc1279a / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
#UUID=730da2a3-5aef-4654-908e-865d3ed8f8aa /home ext4 defaults,noatime 0 2
#UUID=efe98bd0-1254-40b4-8378-61811c50da34 swap linux-swap defaults 0 0
#UUID=9E77-1B41 /boot/efi vfat defaults 0 1

### we'll call this section 2.
proc /proc proc defaults 0 1
/dev/nvme0n1p1 /boot/efi vfat defaults 0 1
/dev/nvme0n1p3 / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
/dev/nvme0n1p4 /home ext4 defaults,noatime 0 2
/dev/sda1 /media/DATA ntfs-3g defaults,noatime 0 2
/dev/nvme0n1p10 /media/root_manjaro ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
/dev/nvme0n1p11 /media/home_manjaro ext4 defaults,noatime 0 2

Either way I have the 90 second wait.  However, for clarity, here is the general order of events;

Power on, Grub, then the "A start job for dev-x2uuidblahblahblah" happens for 90 seconds.  For whatever weird reason, in /etc/fstab when the top lines are uncommented, (called "section 1" above) and the /dev/nvme* are commented, (called "section 2" above) no wireless.  The card is seen, (Killer Wireless Qualcom card, ath10k) just no wifi.  Haven't tested ethernet.    (this issue resolved itself with the fix described below of adding 'nofail' to /etc/fstab.  I no longer believe UUID's are an issue or were an issue.  This has happened to as many regular ssd's and hdd's all over the net.)  I say this having just booted my laptop into VSIDO with no errors, and all drives present, and accounted for utilizing the UUID's!

Now, as seen above, just as it is, it goes to a emergency mode 'pause' for you to acknowledge that "no, it is not an emergency, or an issue", so press Ctrl-d and it boots to all of VSIDO's glory and finery!  8) Or type your password to fix any imaginary problems you may be having...  ???

I'm sorry it took so long for me to post about this.  I am also grateful to all of you who've taken care of it, so I can come along at last and correct mine!  Seriously, to everyone here on the forum, VastOne has been toiling away at this ever since I mentioned it on IRC almost 2 weeks ago.  Our one and only dev of VSIDO truly is a "one and only"!!!!  Also thanks to PackRat as well.  Wow, also zephyr and anyone else that posts here in support of this non-issue! hehe

I also agree that probably it shouldn't be marked solved...

VastOne, there might also could be a better or more proper name for the thread?

Artwork & Screenshots / June 2016 Screenshot Thread
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:27:44 AM »
Let 'em rip!

I was just wondering when I took this scrot if dizzie would think it was running to hot?   8)

General Support / New Laptop...
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:47:51 AM »
Hi all...

Got a new laptop on the last day of Feb.  (that'll give you some idea of how long I've tried to get it running)  Best laptop I've had to date.  Bar NONE!!!!  MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G.  Rolls right off the tongue eh?   :D  Anyway I have it running fine with Arch, but have had no joy at all with anything else.  Yeah, I do have a little hackery going on to make it all work, but well worth it imo.

Anybody runs into a decent link concerning the above mentioned laptop and Linux, please post a link for it if it's a "real" link...

Mines a beast!
Intel Quad Core i7 Skylake 6820HK
intel CM236 chipset
32GiB (dual channel 1366Mhz)  DDR5 2666MHz RAM
512GiB Samsung pro 951 NVMe m.2 SSD
Hitachi 1TB 7200 rpm HDD
Nvidia GTX980M 8GiB's gDDR5 vRAM
6 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI, 1 Mini Display port, 2 Thunderbird ports...  (ports, ports, ports,)
Blue Ray Burner

General Support / Window Decorations?
« on: April 11, 2016, 04:19:57 PM »
Hi all, just wondering what, if anything, I can do to get my themes working on Spacefm?  If I switch to Adwaita, all is good.  Adwaita sucks!  Too bright for my tender eyes.  I like the dark themes as they don't cause me to have migraines...

Check this out, and any advice appreciated!   :'(


The menubar (File, Edit, View, etc) is all smashed together.  No sliders to scroll with, don't recognize the icons on the tabs, but pretty sure they aren't LinuxLex-8 which is my default icons.  Theme is Dorian-theme-slate-3.14.


Menubar in Medit looking normal...


Transmission looking bad as well.  I have added the line to Trolltech.conf
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to no avail.

(p.s. uhmmmm, this is on an Arch Linux build.  Long story.  Sad ending.  Much mental anguish involved, as well as a large sum of non-returnable funds...)   :'(

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