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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...)   :'(

VSIDO Discussions / The Cloud
« on: January 02, 2016, 03:33:32 PM »
Hey fellow VSIDO'ans!

I've recently dropped Dropbox.  (no pun intended)  MEGAsync which was founded by the now infamous Kim Dotcom? chucklehead, which he is no longer a part of, has a staggering 50Gb free plan with a 10Gb per month bandwidth allotment.  For me on a personal computing level, this is serious overkill.  I'm not complaining.  Dropbox was getting more and more inconsistent.  Files missing, uploads interrupted, etc.  So far with Mega, no issues whatsoever.  It syncs all my selected folders/files in the background and does so quickly and efficiently.  You can even specify on the Cloud where each file will be synced to.  All in all, a really good service considering it is free!

I've always tried to keep current bu's, but on occasion I've lost my share of data.  My current setup allows me to now do all my testing on VSIDO and be secure in the knowledge that all my configs will always be there for me to grab when needed.  Though I must confess here, VSIDO needs less and less testing as time goes by.  The last ISO's (which certainly came out perfectly as per usual with VastOne's dedication) allowed me to test my new method and I'm totally satisfied.  Install VSIDO, which usually takes less than 5 minutes anyway, then at my leisure, apt-get my way back to my needed apps, then start up Megasync and sit back and grin!

Their security is really top notch as well.  For that alone, worth looking at if your looking for some free off-site storage...

I highly recommend it!  Here's the link; MEGA  Enjoy your free space in the Cloud!

How To's / Compiling your own Kernel
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:27:58 AM »
Got this idea from PackRat.  Thought I'd just post it here so I don't lose it!  If it helps you out, thank PackRat and the other individuals listed in this post.  I copied all of it

It is smooth. I tweak it for my cpu and unload some of the video drivers - like trident - that I'll never use and pick up a bit of performance.

Using VSIDO for an NFS file/media server. Need to get it going as an (internal) ftp server; I carried over my ftp configuration from slackware (or so I thought), but something isn't right now. But all things considered VSIDO as server = happiness.

Great to hear that about a VSIDO server...  How do you go about the tweak and removal with the kernel?  That would be a great How To if you ever felt up to it

This is the method I use for a debian kernel -

You need to install kernel-package, fakeroot, and build-essential for this to work.

There is also a site called kernel seeds ( I think) that has some good commands to determine your hardware - appears to be down at the moment.

The only additional step I do is after the make oldconfig command. Once you have answered all the questions, use the command -

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make menuconfig
to bring up a graphical menu of your kernel config file. I make these changes -

Change the cpu type to my cpu - the default is generic 64 or 32 bit
Change the maximum number of CPUs to what you have or 2x what you have - the default is 512 CPUs and something like 8k of memory is alloted for each one.

The real changes are in the drivers sections - usually your hardware isn't going yo change, so you can remove plenty of stuff you don't have - like broadcom ethernet devices and trident video cards.

That decreases the size of the compiled kernel, as well as memory needed since those drivers are dropped - and won't get loaded.

Save the new config and finish the steps in that linked guide.

The performance increases are really only slight - it's more about building a more efficient kernel designed for your computer.

The Slackware beginners' guide and Arch Wiki have good HowTo's for building kernels that are generic build instructions.

Doc. attached with start to finish directions.

Artwork & Screenshots / May 2015 Screenshots
« on: May 01, 2015, 06:51:56 AM »
A new month, an old pic!

WM Designs and Discussions / not really awesomewm...
« on: April 30, 2015, 03:24:26 AM »
A few months/weeks/days back I had installed and configured the 'awesomewm' and will confess to still having it installed.  I use Fluxbox daily and probably always will.  scrots to prove it below.  never got the wifi indicator to work.  it eluded me.  It is no harder to navigate in, and once you learned all the key-bindings that come preconfigured in it, things are nice.  Not 'awesome' though.  I played with both the rc/wi.lua files and just never could get that wifi indicator going...

If it just wasn't all 'lua' based.  text configs are the greatest.  as you can see above, i can still log-in and nibble at it...

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