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Old 11-21-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
kraihavok
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Strange Icons present, cant get rid of them and other things


Hi everyone.

Well, I did it, I took the plunge, both feet, no water-wings or nothing ... I was unaware I would sink so dang fast.

OK onto the problems / questions

I just installed Linux Mint, onto a computer with 3 GHz processor, and 5 SATA hard drives of varying sizes. On the desk top there is an icon that is named "computer". I presumed this was akin to "my computer" in windows so I double clicked it to check it out. It showed my drives just fine, however it also shows 5 other drives that are each named "generic storage device" and I can neither access them, or delete them, nor eject them or pretty much have anything to do with them, but they wont go away and when I first started running linux mint, they werent there. they only appeared when I went back and erased the NTFS partitions on my other drives (this was an experiment - I thought it would make Linux play nice with my drives as NTFS is a windows thing). I have tried unplugging all but the main drive and they are still there, i have tried other distros that have that have a computer icon to click on and they are still there. Any ideas?

Also, I am having some major issues doing the simplest thing like installing themes or screen savers, or even installing something from the package manager / software manager, or even downloading something and then knowing what to do with it. I have sought tutorials and the stuff I have found is sketchy at best and is usually from a distro that is not the one im using.

I try to click and drag, it says i dont have permission, I try to do it command line, it says a directory does not exist.

Believe it or not, I have taken linux classes in college (got an A actually) but I have not used it since and cant remember a dang thing.

If someone could point me in the right direction as to where to start, maybe a tutorial or two, on how to do basic stuff, or even just tell me what I should be doing or where I should start.

Also, I like Mint but if anyone knows of one that is better for whatever reason please let me know. I like ease of use, but if you know of one that is easier or more useful or whatever please let me konw.

Thank you in advance.

Chris.
 
Old 11-21-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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Here's a good cli tutorial http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

For the disks, go into the cli and run this as root
Code:
fdisk -l
NB: that's a lowercase L there

If you don't have the passwd for root, try
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
and supply your own passwd if prompted
 
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