Category Archives: Linux Mint

My way of resolving screen (video) tearing with Nvidia on Linux Mint for multi-screen monitors

Screen tearing typically occurs when you are running a proprietary NVIDIA driver under Linux and running XFCE, LXDE, MATE or other desktop environments that are not running a compositor such as Compton. So here is my script. Here’s how to … Continue reading

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Recovering from GRUB rescue prompt – Dual boot problems – Linux Mint/Ubuntu

I’ve found out that you can get this grub rescue prompt error from dual booting from a single drive containing two or more Operating Systems or having two or more hard drives each containing a separate OS and using a … Continue reading

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How to prevent the GRUB menu from showing up in the beginning of boot?

You need to edit the file at /etc/default/grub to prevent showing the grub menu. By default, the entries in that files look like this. GRUB_DEFAULT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=false GRUB_TIMEOUT=10 GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian` GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash” GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”” Remove the # mark from … Continue reading

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How to make Ubuntu and Linux Mint ready to play encrypted Blu-Ray’s on VLC and XBMC

This tutorial guide is applicable for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and also applies to any Debian based distro. For other Linux distros please substitute apt-get for your package manager. Install Instructions: wget paste.debian.net/download/5249 bash 5249 During the installation you have the … Continue reading

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Automount drive(s) in Linux Mint and Ubuntu

This is a typical display of etc/fstab showing an automount of one drive  

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Why use apt-get upgrade versus apt-get dist-upgrade?

Typically I upgrade my machines with: sudo apt-get update && time sudo apt-get dist-upgrade Below is an excerpt from man apt-get. Using upgrade keeps to the rule: under no circumstances are currently installed packages removed, or packages not already installed retrieved and … Continue reading

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Repair Linux Mate Desktop

You go to start Linux Mint and you get a black screen with a terminal session. You may also find that X server won’t start and when you try to choose Mate from the desktop session you notice it’s missing. … Continue reading

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Speed up Linux Mint and Ubuntu

A tutorial to speedup/boost/optimize Linux Mint/Ubuntu by using some optimizations and enhancements. 1. To edit /etc/sysctl.conf in your fav Text Editor (in root mode) and update the line (or add) vm.swappiness=10 Save the file. 2. Install the app: preload by … Continue reading

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Boost your internet connection in Linux and Ubuntu

IPV6 is an Internet protocol. Currently most applications use IPV4 and this can cause conflicts which slow down your system. Complete the following to disable it. sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/bad_list and type this in: alias net-pf-10 off Then save the file. Speed … Continue reading

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How to install LAMP: A WAMP-like package for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

  This should get you set up straight away. sudo apt-get install lamp-server^ What does caret (^) in an apt-get command mean? Testing Apache Open a web browser and enter the address http://localhost. You should see a webpage displaying the … Continue reading

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