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thanks Dave. I downloaded both the latest version 14.04 and the version on my laptop which is 14.04-3. [I may have this wrong but 14.04-3 is what I have.] Of course I downloaded the 64 bit. I'll get it all ready and if I give up on Mint I'll try it but it took me 2 and a half days so I am reluctant to dash into another install! Now to try VLC again with increased millisecs.
Well, I tried increasing the milliseconds but nope -- still hangs. After 7 minutes and then again after 27 minutes. I'll leave it for now and maybe -- there must be others who have the same problem?== someone will come up with a fix.
Well Mate hung while I was on Skype. So I decided to do a memory test using Mem86. It seems there is nothing wrong with the four CPUs in the computer! I thought perhaps it is an overheating problem because I discovered that I was blocking the top grille by placing the modem over it. So I moved it and vacuumed the grilles. Beginning to think it must be the kernel or the edition. Anyway, if it keeps up, and I get the energy, I'll try Xubuntu.
CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit
Byte Order: Little Endian
On-line CPU(s) list: 0-3
Thread(s) per core: 1
Core(s) per socket: 4
NUMA node(s): 1
Vendor ID: GenuineIntel
CPU family: 6
Model name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU J2900 @ 2.41GHz
CPU MHz: 1337.788
CPU max MHz: 2665.6001
CPU min MHz: 1332.8000
L1d cache: 24K
L1i cache: 32K
L2 cache: 1024K
NUMA node0 CPU(s): 0-3
sudo lshw -businfo
Bus info Device Class Description
system Aspire XC-603
bus Aspire XC-603
memory 64KiB BIOS
memory 8GiB System Memory
memory 4GiB SODIMM DDR3 1333 MHz (0.8 ns)
memory 4GiB SODIMM DDR3 1333 MHz (0.8 ns)
memory 224KiB L1 cache
memory 2MiB L2 cache
cpu@0 processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU J2900 @ 2
pci@0000:00:00.0 bridge Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series
pci@0000:00:02.0 display Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series
pci@0000:00:13.0 storage Atom Processor E3800 Series SATA AH
pci@0000:00:14.0 bus Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx, Celer
usb@2 usb2 bus xHCI Host Controller
usb@1 usb1 bus xHCI Host Controller
usb@1:1 bus Generic USB Hub
usb@1:1.2 scsi2 storage Samsung STORY Station
scsi@2:0.0.0 /dev/sdb disk 1TB SCSI Disk
scsi@2:0.0.0,1 /dev/sdb1 volume 931GiB Windows FAT volume
usb@1:1.4 printer hp LaserJet 1012
usb@1:2 input PS2toUSB Adapter
usb@1:3 input Microsoft 3-Button Mouse with Intel
usb@1:4 bus USB2.0 Hub
usb@1:4.1 communication Bluetooth wireless interface
usb@1:4.4 multimedia QuickCam Communicate STX
pci@0000:00:1a.0 generic Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series
pci@0000:00:1b.0 multimedia Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series
pci@0000:00:1c.0 bridge Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Exp
pci@0000:01:00.0 wlp1s0 network AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter
pci@0000:00:1c.2 bridge Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Exp
pci@0000:02:00.0 enp2s0 network RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigab
pci@0000:00:1f.0 bridge Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series
pci@0000:00:1f.3 bus Atom Processor E3800 Series SMBus C
scsi@0:0.0.0 /dev/sda disk 1TB WDC WD10EZEX-21M
scsi@0:0.0.0,1 volume 511MiB Windows FAT volume
scsi@0:0.0.0,2 /dev/sda2 volume 923GiB EXT4 volume
scsi@0:0.0.0,3 /dev/sda3 volume 8079MiB Linux swap volume
scsi@1:0.0.0 /dev/cdrom disk DVD-RAM SW830
By the way, I managed to play a whole DVD using the default video player "Videos" but when I went to play the second DVD it refused! So I went to my laptop and played the entire DVD using VLC. But when I went to play the third DVD it refused!
Wait, you play a DVD on your desktop it played through DVD. Than you tried laptop and played though the movie using videos, than you tried another one and it refused? And the third DVD was not played on the laptop and VLC? If I got that right 0_o.
I was checking to see if the memory has the correct total and usage. the below command will output a readable total and usage. yours should be 7.4 or 7.6 with 8GB ream installed. I am sure it is correct from the other posts but this out is easier to read.
The desktop freezing is not just you. The VGA controller is built into your CPU this has many posts on launchpad. The information below is hard to follow, but you can see it is the same VGA controller as yours or in the same series. This kind of issue does not happen much in desktops. My desktop was not Ubuntu compatible till Ubuntu 16.04 was released. 14.04 has an unknown chipset issue in the desktop. Which 16.04 does not have which tell me a driver was changed or updated. By the way your desktop was manufactured in 2013.
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display (rev 0c) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
This may be fixed in Ubuntu 17.04 just have to monitor launchpad which is Ubuntu. Linux Mint will get the fix if any once 17.04 is released. Linux mint 19 most likely. If they figure out what the issue is with the i915 driver.
Re my playing.
1. Played DVD 1 on desktop using "Video". It played OK.
2. Inserted DVD 2 [part two of series] and it wouldn't play. Can't remember the message.
3. Switched to laptop [Xubuntu] and it played the DVD [part 2] using VLC.
4. Thought I would watch the beginning of new series [DVD 3] but got the same message as I got in 2.
So both "video" and VLC refused to play a second video. I gave up for the night.
total used free shared buff/cache available
Mem: 7.7G 722M 5.9G 138M 1.1G 6.8G
Swap: 7.9G 0B 7.9G
Thanks1 I am prepared to continue as is until they fix it. I just wonder why I can play one DVD but not two or more. By the way I haven't done any updates on Xubuntu 14.4 and I noticed there are many updates for the kernel, but I am terrified that in updating the kernel I end up as with Mint -- can't use my VLC!
If you installed xubuntu 15.04 or 16.04 than that might happen. The patches to the kernel 14.04 has to do with security updates and patches to bugs. Like 14.04.4. If you been updating regularly than you will be undated to 14.04.4. Graphics controllers are not security fix. That is a updated driver in the kernel.
If you have many updates that need to be installed. I suggest that you divide them up. Check smaller KB updates and uncheck the larger updates last. I would even divide the larger MB updates say 100 + MB install them, than finish the rest of the updates. I use a ethernet cable to install updates [ if I have many of them] which is a more stable connection than wireless.
My laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 with nVIDIA graphics with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor T9300 (2 .5 GHz 800MHz 6MBL2). Got the info from the receipt, which I still keep.
Thanks for the advice re updating. Will tackle it this afternoon.
One question. When I go to update on my desktop it asks do I want to use a mirror instead of the regular install because the mirror approach is faster. So far I have said no and gone with the normal routine of installing. Have you any thoughts on this?
Went to watch a movie last night [not DVD] and it hung, but I don't know what programme I was using to play the movie. Will try again later.
-Open Update Manager
-Go to Edit
-Go to Software Sources
I changed my my mirror that was from the UK to USA. When you look at choices watch how fast the download speed is for a few minutes. For example pic one that has mb and not kb per second and the closer one to you. once you pick one have it reload the cache.