Saturday, March 19, 2011

Disable "Your battery might be broken error" on EEEPC 704G

It's irritating, every time I boot up an Ubuntu variant, it complains that my battery has a very low capacity (2,3%)

You need a program called gconf-editor to fix it, so let's get it:

Open a terminal window
type in sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
type in your password and press ENTER

now, type in gconf-editor in a terminal window.
Navigate to the Apps folder
then the gnome-power-manager sub folder
then the notify sub folder
find the setting called "low_capacity"
remove the tick next to it.

You should now no longer receive these error messages.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A calculator for Peppermint ICE

Thanks to Rich_Roast from the Peppermint OS forum for helping me to become aware of the built in calculator. I worked out the tutorial.

Peppermint One has Galculator installed by default, while ICE seems to have none. However, xcalc is installed. To run it,

click Menu > Run
and type in xcalc
press ENTER

If you want a shortcut to Xcalc in your accessories menu:

Open PCManFm
go to folder /usr/share/applications
click on Tools > Open current folder as root and enter your password.

run Leafpad, to do this click Menu > Accessories > Leafpad
type the following into the window:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Basic Calculator

save the file as xcalc.desktop to the desktop folder
right click the file, click on move
go back to PCManFm and click on Edit and then on Paste

You have now pasted the file to the /usr/share/applications folder and you have a shortcut to xcalc in Accessories. Note that we are "borrowing" the kcalc icon as xcalc does not have an icon in the file.

Alternatively (if you want to easier solution, and you have an Internet connection) you can install Galculator

Click on Menu
click Accessories
click Lxterminal
type in: sudo apt-get galculator
type in your root password and press ENTER

you now have Galculator added to your Accessories menu.

For a different approach try Speedcrunch, it is very suitable as a financial calculator. It's great to have options.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How to add a "show desktop" icon

How to add a "Show desktop button" to the bottom panel and stuff up Conky in the process

If you do not use conky, having a "show desktop" button is great.

Right click on the panel
Click on panel settings
Click on panel applets
Click on Add
Scroll down, click on minimize all windows
Click Add
Click the up arrow to position it
Click close

WARNING: using this button will probably minimize your conky window as well! Once minimized the only way to undo that is to end the process and then to restart it.

Thanks to Google Search and the LXDE forum I was able to temporarily fix this, however - upon reboot conky had dissapeared.

Open the .conkyrc (hidden file, so click on view and then on show hidden files in PCManFM)
Make the following changes:
own_window yes
own_window_type dock
own_window_class conky
Save the file

Now click on menu, Preferences, Openbox configuration Manager
Click on the doc tab
choose the position for the conky window (most conky windows I have seen are on the top right hand corner)
Click the check box "allow windows to be placed in the dock space"
Click the dot next to Keep doc below other windows
click Close

The only thing that bugs me is the the conky window now has a background colour, which compliments the theme chosen in Openbox, oh well at least I am making progress.

As I said, this fixed the problem until I rebooted, if anyone has any advice please post it in the comments.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Eliminating desktop icons

Peppermint Linux does not have a "arrange icons" setting for the desktop. A possible work around is to add a panel with your icons on.

Right click on the bottom panel, then click on create new panel.
Right click on the new panel, click Panel settings and go to the panel applets tab.
Add an application launcher bar, click edit and set it to the program you want
add a spacer between application launcher bars to give it a "justified" look.

Right click on the top panel, then click on panel settings, go to the geometry tab. Here you can set the icon and panel size. My panel is 22 pixels high and the icons are 20 pixels high as my eeepc has a 7" monitor and I do not want to loose too much space to a panel.

If you like to hide the panel (which I do not) go to the Advanced tab and click on the check box "Minimize when not in use"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saving disk space - Part 2

Install Bleachbit to help remove temporary files, browser cache files, etc. This program is available for various flavours of Linux and if (like me) you have a EEEPC with a 4GB HDD then it is a big help.

sudo apt install bleachbit

There are certain files that Bleachbit could not remove, around 4000 localisation files could not be removed although it said that they were removable.

I would reccomend using this program, to be able to clean the .deb files I mentioned last time you need to run Bleachbit as root. If you do not have such a menu entry open a terminal window and type in

sudo bleachbit

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wine Program Files location

Maybe you are looking for where your Windows programs have been installed to, here is the location. Remember the .wine folder is a hidden folder.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Broken Packages

Packages, broken or otherwise makes me think of the post office or a courier service.

Linux uses packages every day, whether you like it or not. When you install or remove a program packages are either downloaded or removed. Debian uses .deb files (Peppermint Linux is a decendant of Debian, Ubuntu and Mint).

Recently, there was a widespread problem with Peppermint Linux. Peppermint uses the Mint update manager, and this keeps the system up to date with new updates. However, Mint update did not want to update and gave an error saying "Broken Packages", and asking you to fix the problem before you can update further.

Now, as far as I can tell, Mint Update will download new updates EXCEPT if the update is a RISKY update. Then it tries to update the other packages, and if one of the packages that needs to be updates DEPENDS on the other RISKY package (too risky to be updated by Mint Update), so then you get a broken packages error.

There is a work around, or fix for this. The packages in question are VLC files, so you need to open Synaptic Package Manager, then type in VLC and update the installed VLC packages.

After that, open a Terminal window and type in:
apt update
apt upgrade

This should fix the problem and you can once again have an up-to-date Peppermint Linux system.

PCManFM - Problems

There are various problems with the new version of PCManFM. A file manager is a vital part of your operating system.

The new version can only click & drag to copy files that have spaces in the file name, amongst other problems as well. So I decided to try out Thunar.

So I open a Terminal and type in:
sudo apt-get install thunar
enter my root password
and Thunar is installed, ahh much better.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Auto login

Loggin in with a username and password seems great for someone with a linux background. It is safe. But I come from a dos / windows background and I want my system to login automatically as I am the only person (that I know of) that uses it.

So here is how to do it:

open a Terminal
gksudo leafpad/etc/xdg/peppermint-ice/lxdm/lxdm.conf
delete the # and space infront of "autologin" and "session"
change "dgod" to your username
save the file and reboot.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Changing the time settings on the taskbar

Time settings in the taskbar

I don't like the counting seconds in the taskbar, it makes me feel like time is going by too quickly. So I changed it :)

Here is how to do it:
right click on the clock on the taskbar
Clock format: %H:%M
(%R does the same thing)
Tooltip format: %A %F

This one is also a pet pieve. It does not change the way the system works (much), but it helps me to be less irritated while using Peppermint.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Viewing fonts in Peppermint ICE

Peppermint is a lightweight distro, that was meant for you to edit your documents with Google Docs or using Microsoft Office Docs. I am using it "incorrectly" or not "as it was meant to be done" by installing OpenOffice. So now I need to add some fonts as in Windows / Corel Draw I have around 3000 fonts.

Adding the fonts is easy:

Open PCManFm
go to your home folder
click on View > "show hidden"
make a new folder, rename it to .fonts
any font you copy into that folder will be installed (I think you need to reboot before it works)

But, let's say like me you have a + - 200 MB zip file on your flash drive with all your fonts on. You do not want want to install all the fonts, just some of them. The problem is that you can't view any of the fonts as Peppermint does not have a font viewer installed either.

I tried Google and found nothing, I searched for "font viewer peppermint linux" and a few other terms - but none were successful. So I went to Synaptic, typed in fonts and started looking through the thousands of packages that have to do with fonts (I was getting desparate here!).

I found fontypython and installed it. Voila! I was now able to view the fonts in a folder, just as I had wanted to for days. There is a very satisfying feeling when you are able to solve a problem on your own and this one was great.

This might not help a lot of other people, but to me it is great!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Startup programs

If you are like me, you don't want to have to click on Menu > Run and type in conky and press every time that you reboot. In Windows there is a folder called startup to add shortcuts to, in Linux I was lost.

Here is how to do it:

Open a terminal window
type in
gksudo leafpad /etc/xdg/lxsession/Peppermint_Ice/autostart
type in the root password
add the following line:
save the file and reboot

Now conky will autostart when you boot, you can add other things here as well.