Archive for the ‘Tips & Hints’ Category

Back to Lubuntu but this time Lubuntu 14.04 LTS (64 bit)

May 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Ups and downs I tried AntiX (Debian 7.5) for a few days it works but its not for me, very basic and very minimal but fast

The only reason I swopped from Lubuntu was due to the upgrade which I tried from TERMINAL never again I’ll go back to the UNetbootin option, download latest ISO use UNetbootin and chuck it onto a USB stick. boot up (press ESC on my ASUS S300 and run from USB EASY)

So its installed and NO BLACK SCREEN ISSUE WE HAD WITH UPGRADE VIA TERMINAL, installs fine except its using a US keyboard layout even tho I selected UK I’ve seen the issue prior to installing (in the release notes UK boards have issues)

Fix issue’s LIST

So first fix is UK keyboard (menu – pref – Keyboard input – input method – select + add – close – reboot UK is working FINE)

Brightness control – its there HA – FUNCTION KEY so FN F5-F6 (f5 down F6 up) life is good

USENEXT –  download via there site and install via package manager (nice and simple)

Browser – Official Google Chrome for me – direct download from HERE

Monitor – not ideal on HDMI but if you move your cursor deep into the bottom left the menu is found (it works)

Garmin Connect – files required for usb to from Garmin 500 device (gps tracking for cycling) HERE

HDMI SOUND – no sound from tv when plugged in Use TERMINAL

FIRST: sudo apt-get install xfce4-mixer gstreamer0.10-alsa
THEN : xfce4-mixer

or find it in sound / video - select controls IEC958 TICK HDMI fully working :-) 


May 2, 2014 Leave a comment

AntiX is a bit limited in design/function but great in speed

no battery icon as standard but use terminal and enter below you get the answer

acpi -b  (battery percentage) 
Categories: Terminal, Tips & Hints

Lubuntu – hints and tips (problem solving)

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

A few days in Lubuntu is pretty good, nothing fancy design wise but practical and pretty slick not as slick as BODHI but it works. 

as normal we get the standard issues, HDMI volume has no easy panel like mint 15 (eg right click on volume when plugged in and select hdmi) you need to enter the depths of the gnome player to alter the hdmi sound output (easy but you need to find it as always) 

the next I somehow removed the main menu mystery but hey ho very very easy fix (right click then advanced you get the option to show menus by windows manager tick the box and move on) OK so having done that right click enter terminal and enter this lxpanelctl restart and bingo the menu is back and we can move on. 

booting up could be quicker if I’m being honest 


Categories: HDMI, Issues, Lubuntu, Tips & Hints

Dual boot windows 8 & Linux mint 15

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Download linux mint 15 and use something like unetbootin then enter bios and  do that follow these steps:

  • When your notebook booting press F2
  • Go to Boot page and Enable “Launch CSM” option.
  • Then go to security page and disable the “Security boot controle”.
  • Now save the changes and restart the netbook, and press escape button
  • Now you must find your USB device, select it !

My new notebook needs the windows key – not sent to me !!

October 18, 2013 Leave a comment

One downside I’ve found is the windows key is missing I can’t find it anywhere and with windows 8.1 update available or even a reinstall you need it so a quick google search, this guys has the answer HERE

I used magical jelly bean keyfinder – downloaded HERE open it and finds the key nothing else to do easy life.

print screen on the asus s300 you need to hit the button and then enter paint and cntl + v to paste the image (key pic saved and ready to go)

one click shutdown for linux mint 13

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

quick search this is the cure easy HERE

Categories: Linux Mint, Tips & Hints

USENEXT 5.27 deb install on Ubuntu 12.04

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

May 2014 Lubuntu 14.04 LTS – download from usenext site for ubuntu/debian etc – and install via package installed (eg double click on downloaded file in the folder


UPDATE: Dec 2012 – MINT 13 MAYA (mate 32 bit) usenext installs from clients software without any mods (easy life)

and MINT 15 has no issues either as is the case with LUBUNTU 

** old news **

If your a fan and like newsgroups and you use the latest Ubuntu 12.04 (sept 2012) the deb file installs but won’t launch and doesn’t seem to be anything around to fix the issue

Open Terminal (CTRL + ALT + T) then #SU (for superuser) password etc – type – sudo apt-get build-dep monodevelop and let it do its thing (takes about 10 mins) install usenext from the software download (TANGYSOFT via

to launch type this – exec mono –runtime=v4.0 /usr/lib/usenext/UseNeXTLauncher.exe “$@”

works fine might not for some its only a tip do it at your own risk

Dec 2012 – MINT 13 MAYA (mate 32 bit) usenext installs from clients software without any mods (easy life)