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  1. Yes You read that right. I was almost ready to give up on Linux Mint which has been my primary Distro since Mint was first released. It appears that Mint has not kept up with the modern hardware and CPU's for Whatever reasons. The last 2 versions of Mint (Tara) and (Tessa) have both given me fits because of the Ryzen 3 2200 CPU with built in Graphics. The CPU has been out long enough that the Mint Dev's should have been able to support it and the 2400. The Ryzen 2200 and the 2400 are in many of the new PC's and laptops. Other distro's support those CPU's and Graphics why not mint. I finally solved my problems. I had 3 main problems with mint. 1. I Could not play MP4 video files and others. The screen was all garbled no matter what player I used or did. 2. When clicking on a link in email (Thunderbird) or any of the 3 browsers I have, the video or image would not play or open. 3. Random Freeze for unknown reasons and sometimes while doing important work or accessing a bank account. I was about to give up when a couple of people One in stack Exchange and one in Mint forums steered me in the right direction. Here is how I solved my problems with mint. I Installed the util called "UKUU" which makes it easy to install a Kernel in Mint or Ubuntu. I installed Kernel 4.18.0 and that solved part of Number 2 above. Mint is still using 4.15.47 as of today next I downloaded and installed the latest Mesa. This took care of number 1 and 2 above. The mesa that Mint installed even with all of the updates was 18.8 The one I downloaded from Ubuntu swat updates PPA (add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates) using (glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version") I find that it installed. (OpenGL version string: 4.5 (Compatibility Profile) Mesa 19.0.2). As for number 3 above I'll just have to wait and see as the freeze was random. I did all of this in Mint 19.1 Tessa. Mel
  2. How to Auto Mount Netgear ReadyShare in Linux Mint 17 I have a Netgear N900 WNDR3700v3 Wirless Dual Band Router, with ReadyShare. I have a USB External Hard drive attached to the router (ReadyShare) and wanted to have the USB Drive attached to the router Auto mount the drive at bootup. I accomplished this by inserting a line in my /etc/fstab file. I tried several different methods and now of them worked with Linux Mint 17 Here is what I did to solve the problem. 1. I made a directory called Public, by opening a terminal press ctrl + alt + T then type the following sudo mkdir /media/public Linux Mint 17 mounts the drive in /media, The /pubic is where the ReadyShare drives directory, which is called USB_Storage, will be mounted. 2. I then opened a Editor to edit the fstab file, in the terminal type sudo gedit /etc/fstab This will open the editor with Elevated privileges. 3. At the bottom of the fstab file place a line like this: # Auto Mount Netgear ReadyShare USB_Storage drive //192.168.1.1/USB_Storage /media/public cifs user,guest,sec=ntlm,uid=your user name goes here 0 0 Explanation: //192.168.1.1 Rather than use The Lable ReadyShare I used The IP address of the router instead. /USB_Storage The name that Netgear assigns to the directory on the readyshare drive. /media/public The mounted drive so I can access the drive on the left in my home directory. Public is what I click on to create, Delete, Read or write files and directories. cifs is the file system "sec" is the security mode and determines how passwords are encrypted between server and client ( even if you don't require passwords ). ntlm used to be the default, things change and in some cases the new one has to be used ntlmssp most NAS drives are from the old school and have to use the old one ntlm uid this is where you put your user name. A few other things. Samba or cifs utils has to be installed the # pound sign in fstab means remark and is not read when the file is executed. You put it ahead of any remarks in the file. Hope this helps someone. Mel
  3. V.T. Eric Layton

    Audio Problem w/ Linux Mint 12

    OK, all you Linux hardware experts, I have an interesting dilemma for you to discuss. I recently set up a system for my brother that is using an older MSI RS480M mobo that was originally in an eMachine. It has standard baloney onboard audio. However, I had a nice Dynex DXSC51 sound card just lying around out in the shop, so when I set the system up for him, I included the high perf sound card. It works great in MS Windows. However, Linux Mint does not see the sound card (PCI). It only sees the AC-97 onboard audio. In the past, when I've run across a Linux distro that behaves like this, I've just disabled the onboard audio from within the BIOS and VOILA! Linux detects and uses the PCI sound device. That's not a happening fix in this situation, though. The BIOS has no provision for disabling onboard audio. Anyone have any other suggestions? Keep in mind, this will be difficult for me to troubleshoot because the system is 800 miles away from me in Fairfax, VA now. Are there any other possible ways that I can get Linux to use this card? Or is my brother doomed to using the onboard audio?
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