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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Bumblebee display driver displaces Nouveau -- no crashes since

    To recap, after I upgraded my 15-year-old-desktop machine (Pogo2003) to Debian 9.4 from 8.10, I started having regular crashes, frequently but not always after resizing a window. I was running the Xfce desktop environment. I tried adding LXDE to see if the culprit was the DE. It wasn't -- the crashes continued under LXDE as well as Xfce.

    The latest thing I did was install the Bumblebee graphics display driver from the Debian repository. So far I have not had a crash since the Bumblebee install. Guess I'll give it a month or so before claiming problem solved, but I am optimistic.
    Posted 07-31-2018 at 07:41 PM by flshope flshope is offline
    Updated 08-05-2018 at 07:20 PM by flshope
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Yes, I am being dragged, kicking and screaming, as it were, to that conclusion.

    I guess it is hard to put a positive spin on new noises from a disk drive. At some point we will just have to let these old guys go to their well-earned reward of infinite sleep.
    Posted 07-12-2018 at 01:33 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Your issue sounds like a problem with the Nouveau graphics driver. I think you are stuck between a rock and a hard place because your machine is so old. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to use the proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers.

    The hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 700m is showing signs of disk failure. There is a consistent clicking noise while the disk is idle. Everything else works great.
    Posted 07-12-2018 at 01:11 PM by mralk3 mralk3 is offline
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Crap! I just had another machine crash immediately after going full screen with terminal. So my workaround isn't a workaround.
    Posted 07-12-2018 at 11:29 AM by flshope flshope is offline
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Debian 9/Xfce crash resolution (work around)

    Addendum: Debian 9/Xfce crash resolution (work around)

    After installing Debian 9 with Xfce, I quickly discovered that the machine usually had a crash (freeze, lock up, ... whatever) after double clicking the top bar of an application window to maximize the window. It didn't happen every time, but most of the time. The last messages in the previous kern.log after rebooting usually seemed to be coming from the Nouveau graphics driver.

    I doodled with things a while and finally came up with what might be a work around: at the Xfce menu item:

    Code:
    Applications/Settings/Window Manager/Advanced
    I set 'Double click action' to 'Nothing', which had been set to 'Maximize window'. Since doing this a week ago, I have not had a crash.

    Machine Description:
    Pogo Linux Altura (purchased 2003)
    CPU: AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2400+ 2GHz (32 bit)
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. A7V8X
    Display: NVIDIA Corporation NV28 [GeForce4 Ti 4200 AGP 8x]
    Display driver: X.Org X server -- Nouveau display driver
    RAM: 3 GB
    Current OS: Debian 9.4
    Desktop Environment: Xfce4
    Disks: 2 120-GB Maxtor IDE hard disks
    Posted 07-10-2018 at 01:06 PM by flshope flshope is offline
    Updated 07-10-2018 at 08:50 PM by flshope (Accuracy)
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Looks like you are up and running, mralk3. Way to go!
    Posted 07-06-2018 at 12:51 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Posted 07-06-2018 at 11:12 AM by mralk3 mralk3 is offline
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Excellent news. I did a quick Google search on "Dell Inspiron 700m" and saw links going back to 2004. Your painless install is certainly a strong recommendation for Slackware. May your wireless network card connect on the first try!
    Posted 07-02-2018 at 09:20 AM by flshope flshope is offline
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Well everything works as expected on this 15 year old laptop. I ended up with Slackware 14.2 32 bit. I did not have to jump through any hoops at all. I will be adding a wireless N usb WiFi network card because the internal NIC only supports wireless a/b protocols. Most recent routers only support g and n wireless protocols these days.
    Posted 07-01-2018 at 10:24 PM by mralk3 mralk3 is offline
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    Posted 06-29-2018 at 09:17 PM by mralk3 mralk3 is offline
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    Best of luck with your Slackware install, mralk3. If I can't resolve my crashing problem, I might need to find other alternatives. Maybe Slackware is a good choice for older hardware.
    Posted 06-29-2018 at 03:53 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    15-year-old desktop kept alive with Debian 9 and Xfce (but not GNOME)

    I was given a Dell Inspiron 700m yesterday and plan to install Slackware on it. Hopefully I have less problems than what you ran into. It has an Intel pentium m 2.0 Ghz processor and 2 GB of RAM. Not sure yet how large the hard disk is just yet. These specifications should be sufficient for any distribution if configured properly.
    Posted 06-29-2018 at 02:54 PM by mralk3 mralk3 is offline
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    Brother HL-2140 B&W Laser Printer under Debian 9 only prints blank pages: a fix

    Addendum: 06/19/18

    After recently installing Debian 9 with Xfce on my 2003 32-bit machine (I call it Pogo2003 -- see description below), I used the above procedure to get my Brother HL-2140 black and white laser printer working. The same identical procedure worked here as with Debian 9 on my 2011 machine. Just FYI.

    Machine:
    Pogo Linux Altura (purchased 2003)
    CPU: AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2400+ 2GHz (32 bit)
    RAM: 1GiB
    Current OS: Debian 9.4
    Desktop Environment: Xfce4
    Disks: 2 120 GB Maxtor IDE
    My hostname: pogo2003
    Printer: Brother HL-2140
    Posted 06-19-2018 at 08:05 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu OS upgrades usually degrade function on older machines

    Addendum: Recently, I discovered that the Akonadi errors were associated with KAlarm being set for automatic start-up at log in. To get rid of the error box, I opened Startup Applications from the Unity Dash and unchecked KAlarm. I don't know why, when, or how this was chosen for start up. Since I haven't been using KAlarm, this change doesn't affect anything I do.
    Posted 03-29-2017 at 07:11 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu OS upgrades usually degrade function on older machines

    After a software update to my nVidia 304 driver a few weeks ago, Unity started working again. Its response is very good and I have started using it again. At log in, however, I still get error boxes for Akondia and ktimezoned that don't seem to affect anything I do.
    Posted 02-11-2017 at 09:37 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Using an HP-2133 with an external display under Ubuntu 14.04

    Update:

    On the second and later boots, after logging in with the external display disconnected, plug in the external display, and then on the HP-2133's keyboard press fn+F2 simultaneously. The external display should appear after around 30 seconds or so.
    Posted 12-03-2016 at 03:23 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu OS upgrades usually degrade function on older machines

    rokytnji: Thanks for your thoughts and for taking the time to help. I'll take another look at AntiX. Fluxbox and BBQ Linux look like they require significant investments of time and study. I think my next move will probably be Debian since I already have some (limited) experience there.
    Posted 11-16-2016 at 11:49 AM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu OS upgrades usually degrade function on older machines

    Well, they do make a minimal cd at around 50 to 90 MB download or so.

    You can install fluxbox during the install procedure.
    Then build up from there. Worth a shot if you really like Ubuntu. I have done what I am saying myself. On a Ubuntu 14.04 minimal Icewm Window Manager install where I installed synaptic and worked my way up from there.

    But if just wanting prepackaged. My IBM T23 still functions on AntiX 15 pretty well using the Fluxbox window manager and a wireless G pmcia cardbus.

    AntiX can be Debian Jessie, Testing, or Unstable

    harry@biker:~
    $ inxi -r
    Repos: Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list
    deb http://antix.daveserver.info/jessie jessie main nosystemd
    Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
    deb http://ftp.gr.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free
    deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free


    Older gear just requires more elbow grease as time moves on. It is not just Ubuntu full iso dvds that are leaving older gear behind.

    So check out little known jems like BBQ Linux

    It can teach you a little something something. I am a elder statesman myself. Retired. Not College educated.
    But self taught, with good enough linux skills to be accepted as a distro team member.
    Posted 11-13-2016 at 12:07 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
  19. Old Comment

    Things continue their downward spiral: Ads Go Live on Firefox

    Mozilla may have changed their mind about displaying ads

    Mozilla may have changed their mind about this decision ...

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2496196,00.asp

    I also noticed that Iceweasel does not put up the advertising boxes in a new tab that Firefox does. Good for Debian!
    Posted 12-07-2015 at 08:52 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Image Magick will open Seattle Film Works (.sfw) photo files

    This is good to know. My dad gave me my first digital camera when my son was born, but I took lots of SLR film pictures because (at the time) the quality was better. I have a stack of Seattle Film Works floppy discs that came with the prints. Of course, I haven't had a floppy disc drive in years.... Thanks for sharing your research.
    Posted 03-27-2015 at 03:25 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline

  



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