As background, I just got Betty a second T420. The other one is working but
has developed a problem with updating. I want to keep all our boxes as
secure as possible. This older one has had Update Manager complaining
it can't connect and get the job done for about 2 plus weeks now. I'm going
to put it on the back burner until I get that figured out. It connects to the
internet just fine, only problem is the updating...
Most of my questions are going to address getting the newer T420 set up
right. Just so you all know, we shelled out 99 bucks for this used laptop on
Fleabay. For an older box I think they are pretty good. Not trying to impress
anyone, just get the job done for a little web surfing and emailing etc.
We like the nice price point with this older gear. This stuff goes obsolete so
darned fast. I just hate to shell out big bucks for any of it. Cheap gets it
done just as well as anything else in our light duty environment...
Firstly, I know a really dandy Terminal command for getting the particulars
of HDD or SSD health and it works great on all of my machines- but-
for some reason it refuses to execute on this new T420. The code is:
sudo udisks --dump | grep -A 24 Updates
It's an odd sort of command to begin with- on some machines I have had to
repeat this Terminal command 2 or 3 times and suddenly it decides I'm really
serious and gives me the info. Other times a single request will suffice.
Hey guys- isn't that a little odd in and of itself? I mean, I thought computers
were real, real precise and all. That is just plain goofy... Anyway, it just won't
do that operation on the new laptop. Only difference I can think of is this new
T420 happens to be a quad processor- my first, BTW. It's an i5 and I think it's
a 2520. I'm pretty sure our other T420 is a dual processor version*. BTW the
OS's standard lie is "command not found" but if you persist, after 2-3 tries
it serves it up. Usually. But not on this 'new' box. It just won't budge. Any ideas?
(* Nope, it's also a quad CPU and in fact is the 2540 at 2.6GHz. The new box
has a 2.5GHz CPU)
sudo password for clutter: sudo: udisks: command not found
I did see one big difference on this machine. With the command
sudo fdisk -l
I saw some things I've never seen before either. There were 15 little instances
of reserved RAM spaces prior to the meat of the matter, the sda drive listing.
Weird. These quad processors are surely a different animal than anything I'm
used to... never seen that before, either!
More later... I'm going to have a few questions as I continue bouncing off of
walls with this thingie...
P.S. Would one of you Moderators please clean up my misspelling of
"Lenovo" in the title of this thread? Looks like I can't. Thanks!
Edited by Cluttermagnet, 13 August 2017 - 04:26 PM.