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#1 Re: Introductions » Want to introduce myself! » 2015-08-16 03:25:40

Welcome! I read posts and respond when I think I can help. But usually, I just read and learn from the experts here.  Oh, and I like women too...

#3 Re: Help & Support (Beginners) » No Bluetooth or Wifi (GB-BXBT-1900) » 2015-06-15 14:08:39

I'm not sure how to fix the errors, but I've run into the blank screen issue.  You said that the keyboard may have been disable.  Does this mean that you can't open a tty using ctrl-alt-F# (try F1 through F6)?  On my laptop, I had to open a tty and install the newest radeon driver (initially the beta driver, but now the stable works).  Only then would my machine boot to the login screen.


#4 Re: Help & Support (Testing/Unstable) » Audio keys not working on a netinstall » 2015-04-14 12:35:22

Worked on this problem some more.  I looked at my /var/log/apt/history.log file to see what I was installing/removing before the audio keys started to work.  Here are the packages that I've been focusing on: xfce4-notifyd, xfce4-mixer, xfce4-volumed, and xfce4-panel.  Xfce4-mixer pulled in xfce4-panel,  What I did is this:
1.  Install a package
2.  Checked xev and function of my audio keys
3.  Reboot
4.  Checked xev and function of my audio keys
5.  Remove the package and try another

For all of the xfce4-* packages above, none of them changed how xev saw my multimedia keys (they saw them as XF86Audio***) or altered the functioning of the audio keys.  I then moved to combinations of packages and finished with all of them installed.  In the end, my keys still work as they should.

I did learn some other information.  I have blueman installed to handle my usb bluetooth adapter so I can connect my headphones.  Blueman needs a notification package, and the standard is notification-daemon.  When xfce4-notifyd and notification-daemon (and blueman which autoremoves), then xev will not report the output given in my initial post; it only gives the keypress information.  Once a notification daemon is installed (either xfce4-notifyd or notification-daemon), then the notify event appears in xev. 

This is where I'm at right now.  My apt log has a few more packages that I installed while trying to get the multimedia keys working.  I installed volumeicon-alsa, alsa-tools, and alsa-utils.  I'm unsure why any of these would have affected the multimedia keys, but I'm going to systematically remove them (and reboot between packages) to see if I can reproduce my initial problem.  If not, then I'll be completely mystified as to why the keys miraculously began to work.

#5 Re: Help & Support (Testing/Unstable) » Audio keys not working on a netinstall » 2015-04-13 12:47:20

I tried to set my keybindings to C-A-Up, C-A-Down, and C-A-Right for up, down, and mute.  These didn't take effect, and it might be a conflict within the rc.xml code because these keybindings were assigned to other functions.  <!-- ... --> around the "old" bindings and issuing the openbox --reconfigure didn't seem to affect my volume.  However, replacing C-A-arrow with the now seen XF86Audio keys and rebooting did the trick (still don't understand why a reboot was necessary, but I'm not complaining).  Moreover, I had to adjust the volume increments and 'openbox --reconfigure' correctly updates the keybindings.  My multimedia keys now work as expected minus the notification that normally appeared when muting or changing volume.

Didn't get a chance to determine which of the xfce4 packages captured these keys.  It would be nice to figure it out and investigate how to get the multimedia keys working without the keybindings.

#7 Help & Support (Testing/Unstable) » Audio keys not working on a netinstall » 2015-04-12 00:14:10

Replies: 10
FocusOut event, serial 48, synthetic NO, window 0x3800001,
    mode NotifyGrab, detail NotifyAncestor

FocusIn event, serial 48, synthetic NO, window 0x3800001,
    mode NotifyUngrab, detail NotifyAncestor

KeymapNotify event, serial 48, synthetic NO, window 0x0,
    keys:  2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   
           0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0 

#8 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » How to install dropbox in Crunchbang? » 2015-04-05 21:02:19

I went to the dropbox website and downloaded the .deb file.  I used 'dpkg -i filename.deb' to install the file and it worked.  I also did this on a new debian netinstall that I'm trying to crunchify.  Didn't have any hiccups with this one.


#9 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Going Linux Full Time » 2014-12-23 15:48:42

I'm running about 95% linux at work and home. I need windows for tax software (refuse to input info on the web), ripping/burning my kid's dvd, and dealing with docx and pptx files. All of my presentations are made with libreoffice, but for compatibility, I have to make some in powerpoint. I also find that some of the pdf forms do not work properly in linux including adobe reader. The only program for which I haven't found a suitable replacement is Endnote.

Even with the few missing programs, I have not and do not regret the decision to go linux. Best of luck...

#10 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Pentium III 800MHz 128MB RAM 20GB HDD » 2014-10-18 06:12:18

Regarding ^^^

Similar situation here. Installed on an A21 thinkpad with similar specs. Libreoffice is mostly unusable, as is Firefox, but midori and vlc worked just fine. Used it for working in R and listening to music.  Good luck!

#12 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Install on HP 15-g012dx » 2014-09-08 03:11:26

I fixed my boot issue by following the advice for others with a similar problem.  On this laptop (and on other laptops from what I have read), the first .efi file to boot will always be the bootmgfw.efi in the Microsoft directory.  Changing the EFI boot order when booting into a UEFI shell did not get grub to launch first, nor did changing the order within the bios.  No matter what I did, I always have to hit ESC then F9 to access the boot menu.  Here, the order appears as listed in the BIOS.  But again, I have to hit ESC then F9 to get to this menu.  My workaround was to rename .efi files on the EFI partition so that the computer thinks it's booting windows but it is actually booting GRUB.  You must have UEFI boot disabled and secure boot disabled in your bios for this to work.

I created an entry in /etc/fstab using the UUID of my partition.  I have the mount point at /boot/efi.  I added this info at the end of fstab.

# EFI Partition
UUID=BABB-2F59 /boot/efi vfat defaults 0 1

I then cd into the microsoft directory on this partition

cd /boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot

The file bootmgfw.efi is the file that ALWAYS loads first, so rename it to something different.  I renamed it like this:

cp bootmgfw.efi /boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw2.efi

Now, copy and rename your grubx64.efi file to bootmgfw.efi in the Microsoft/Boot directory.

cp /boot/efi/EFI/crunchbang/grubx64.efi /boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi

If everything works, then grub will boot by default.  In order to boot into Win8.1, you need to add an entry to the GRUB menu.  I added the entry to /etc/grub.d/40_custom

menuentry "Windows 8 UEFI/GPT" {
	insmod part_gpt
	insmod fat
	insmod search_fs_uuid
	insmod chain
	search --fs-uuid --no-floppy --set=root BABB-2F59
	chainloader ($root)/EFI/MICROSOFT/BOOT/bootmgfw2.efi

The UUID is the same one used in /etc/fstab because you are referencing the UEFI partition by the device ID.  Finally, update the grub menu

sudo update-grub

If the Win8.1 menu doesn't appear, then you may have to recopy the grubx64.efi to bootmgfw.efi again (sorry, I can't remember if I had to do this or not).  If you run into problems, like mucking up the grubx64.efi file so that GRUB doesn't load and you can't boot into any OS, then go into the bios and switch to UEFI boot.  For some reason, the bootmgfw.efi file will be remade and Win8.1 will boot normally.  Then, turn off UEFI boot and try copying/renaming grubx64.efi to bootmgfw.efi again. 

NOTE:  I tried installing a newer version of grub that would automatically detect the win8.1 install.  It didn't work very well because this laptop will always boot bootmgfw.efi FIRST, and this is exactly the file that the autodetect script uses for the Win8.1 install.  So, I would have to figure out the part of the script being run in the /etc/grub.d/ files, comment them out, and still insert the relevant part in /etc/grub.d/40_custom.  I reverted to the version of grub that's installed with Waldorf and have my system running well.

#13 Re: Help & Support (Testing/Unstable) » [SOLVED] LibreOffice Math Symbols » 2014-09-08 02:28:04

I figured it out thanks to an obscure reference posted in 2012.  I had an older version of the opensymbols font installed but the newer version of LO was looking for an updated version.  Because I'm running the LO version in the testing repos, I installed the testing version of fonts-opensymbol.  This fixed the problem.  I'll mark this as solved.

#14 Re: Help & Support (Testing/Unstable) » [SOLVED] LibreOffice Math Symbols » 2014-08-30 06:01:01

Yes, I checked and changed them.  I have the set on the Liberation fonts, with preference for Liberation Serif.  I tried Free Serif, Times New Roman, Arial, and Georgia.  For all, the same attributes are still missing (acute, grave, and line above).  Under the brackets format, single line and double line brackets are also missing.  I'm still searching for others with a similar problem, but I"m coming up short.  So, any advive that can be offered would be much appreciated.

#15 Help & Support (Testing/Unstable) » [SOLVED] LibreOffice Math Symbols » 2014-08-28 00:44:59

Replies: 3

I'm posting this because I'm having a hard time finding answers via google.  Part of it might be the search phrase(s), so let me try to explain what's happening.  I have two computers running #!: one's running testing, the other is stable.  Both have LibreOffice 4.2.6 installed and working.  I installed using the *.deb file from LibreOffice's site.  Last night, I noticed an slight problem while inputing equations into a presentation.  It seems that I'm missing formatting for a few of the math symbols.  I noticed that 'bar' (as in x-bar for the average of x) and the 'grave' symbol (accent mark that leans to the left) are missing.  When I try to make x-bar, the equation editor shows 'x' with a square over it; the same happens for the 'grave' mark.  The overline does produce a line over text, and other symbols appear to work just fine.  The same version of LibreOffice installed in Win7 does not have this problem.

My guess is that I'm missing some font or rendering library.  Any help or advice?  I'd like to track down the problem before trying to uninstall/purge/reinstall a new version from the backports, but I'm also beginning to accept the possibility that I will have to do this.

Here's some more information.  I have the MS fonts and liberation fonts installed.  I have the math fonts installed, or the ones recommended by LibreOffice to work with math equations.  Over the summer, I upgraded to version 4.2 from a previous minor version on the stable #!, but on my testing laptop, version 4.2 was the first version installed.  All of the math symbols worked with the previous version of LO on my stable #! box. 


#16 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Windows 8.1 refuses to let me boot up linux with a USB » 2014-08-28 00:26:12

I had a similar issue with my HP laptop.  I changed the boot order in the BIOS and on the UEFI partition, but the UEFI order reverted to Win8.1 HD first everytime I booted.  My revised boot order remained the same in the BIOS, but UEFI always took over even after changing the comp to legacy boot and disabling secure boot.

I was able to boot from USB by pressing ESC to access the boot menu that's built into HP's hybrid UEFI-BIOS.  Only then could I boot from USB stick.  Furthermore, once I installed #!, I still had to use the boot menu just to boot #! via GRUB.  It wasn't too bad once I found the proper set of instructions. 

So try to access the boot menu.  My HP requires that I hit ESC; previous laptops used F12 or F2. 


#17 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Need help creating a pipe menu for libreoffice, keep getting an error » 2014-06-28 05:14:08

The code looks interesting. In fact, I might try it. But as an FYI, you might not have needed to do this. I installed libreoffice using the OB menu. Then, I added the testing and unstable repositories to sources.list and apt-get the latest libreoffice. This method didn't require me to change the libreoffice-pipemenu to open the new version on LO.


#18 Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Install on HP 15-g012dx » 2014-06-20 02:20:37

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--- lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/firegl_public.c
+++ lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/firegl_public.c
@@ -1784,7 +1784,11 @@ KCL_TYPE_Uid ATI_API_CALL KCL_GetEffecti
 #ifdef current_euid
+    return __kuid_val(current_euid());
     return current_euid();
     return current->euid;

#19 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Partitioning question and advice » 2014-06-13 18:39:51

Thanks for the info.  I'm not partitioning until Sunday (at the earliest), which will give me time to read about the XFS system.  I considered making extended partitions with LVM for the linux part of the drive, but it was my understanding that you can't resize the extended partition, only the primary/logical partitions.  I am leaning toward primary partitions for the linux side of things.

Regarding music on an ntfs partition: I may have encountered similar issues related to gmusicbrowser.  Basically all of my music is on ntfs across the various computers (backup music is on an older ext2 partition), and I can never seem to use gmusicbrowser.  My current player is VLC, but VLC isn't that good at managing/browsing my collection.  The file structure is by artist/album, so I'm usually stuck listening to single albums (I know I can make a playlist, but that takes time).  On this laptop, I'm planning to mess around with other music players, including trying MPD. 

As for distrohopping, thanks for the heads up regarding the 10 vs 20 GB partition.  I was planning the first distro to be Arch as a way to increase my familiarity and knowledge of linux.  While 10 GB should be OK, I do want to make sure that all of my usual programs run in the new distro.  I also want to check out some of the learning software for kids.

#20 CrunchBang Talk » Partitioning question and advice » 2014-06-13 02:41:17

Replies: 6

Just exchanged a new laptop for another new laptop and faced with the common decision: how should I partition my drive for #!?  I guess it depends on what I want to do with the computer, and I'll ask this in the second question below.  But first, I have a more general question.

1.  I know MBR drives can't have more than 4 primary partitions.  As such, extended partitions (and logical partitions) were required for nearly all distributions of which I'm aware.  Now that we have GPT and EFI, why should I use extended partitions?  I used all primary partitions while setting up #! on the first laptop without any problems.  So the real question is, what's the advantage of extended partitions on GPT drives?  Is it now suggested to use primary partitions throughout the drive?

2.  Now for more of a FAQ-type problem.  I'll need to dual boot Win 8.1 for specific programs.  After the first 3 required partitions (WINRE boot recovery, EFI, and msftres flagged partition), I then have the OS partition and a laptop-specific recover partition.  I'm going to shrink the ntfs partition for Win8.1.  I want the ability to play music in both OS's.  I will also have a partition available for distrohopping.  So, in summary, I'll have Win8.1, #! (primary OS), and distrohopping distro.  My plan for #! is /, swap, and /home partitions.  Would I be able to use the /swap partition for both linux distros?  Also, is 10 GB enough for distrohopping?  FInally, would I be better off making a ntfs music partition, or just leave the music on the windows OS partition?  If I have a separate ntfs partition for music, then how large should I leave the Win8.1 partition?  I have a 750 drive, but 20 GB is system recovery (5 DVDs for backup recovery disks!). 

FYI, I have a new HP 15-g012dx, which seems to be a new model.  There's very little information regarding this computer.  I know that I can boot into EFI shell, and that the #!-live runs fine: wireless works out of the box.  I only expect the graphics to be missing following the install because of the AMD GPU (A8-6410 processor), but since I already had to deal with an AMD GPU in the first laptop, this one shouldn't be a problem.

#22 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » NMI received for unknown reason » 2014-06-04 01:54:49

Replies: 5


I was greeted to the following messages from syslogd@xxx

kernel: Uhhuh. NMI received for unknown reason 2c on CPU 3
kernel: Do you have a strange power saving mode enabled?
kernel: Dazed and confused, but trying to continue

These messages repeated one more time.  At the time, my laptop should have been sitting open on my desk (I was at work).  Any ideas on what this is, what caused it, and if it's something that I need to try to fix?

My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5108 (CPU/Graphics: A6-5200).  A google search suggests that these messages are related to the radeon driver.  Most of the complaints that I read about involved a reboot happening immediately after the error messages.  This did not happen to me; the messages appeared in the terminal window and stayed there.

#25 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » Drop dropbox » 2014-04-19 15:34:14

_"Well-known" people are named to big company boards all the time. Some reasons include an increase in publicity and funding. If I dropped all products from a company whenever they place a politician on their board with whom I disagree, then I might have to rethink my current career and pursue life as a mountain man.

That said, I held out as long as possible and learned to use rsync with a thumb drive. This device transferred files between my home and work computer. It is an extra step to take compared to dropbox, but it keeps me from posting student records in the cloud. I'm using dropbox more and more, and honestly, I wish I had used it earlier. I spent too many days/nights wishing I had remembered to rsync my data to the thumbdrive instead of completing the work that had to be done that day or night.

What other options are available that autosync folders to the cloud? I don't use Google docs because I'm lazy (and have philosophical issues with it). The Mediagoblin website, while it looks nice, doesn't seem to show similar capabilities as dropbox. I'll check out others that are posted in this thread, but if they don't autosync like dropbox, then they're no better than my thumbdrive and rsync.


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