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HP-2133: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Upgrade Failed; Xubuntu 18.04 Clean Install Succeeded

Posted 06-14-2021 at 02:56 PM by flshope
Updated 06-14-2021 at 09:15 PM by flshope (correct typos)

I have a 2008 HP-2133 laptop machine running 32-bit Ubuntu 16.04. The machine has been running satisfactorily for several years, the only chronic glitch being a loss of speaker sound sometime after the 16.04 installation. Also, Unity no longer ran and I have been running Xfce. I have delayed upgrading to 18.04 because I have always had difficulties with OS upgrades as support for my hardware dwindled. Of course, 16.04 reached end of life in April 2021, meaning no further support for that version....
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Thunderbird-AT&T email password glitch: a fix for one problem

Posted 04-09-2021 at 04:13 PM by flshope
Updated 04-10-2021 at 08:17 AM by flshope

BACKGROUND:

A few days ago (04/05/21), my AT&T email account, which I access through Thunderbird 78.9.0 (64-bit), stopped downloading emails. Thunderbird showed a message box with the message

"Sending of password for user ******@att.net did not succeed. Mail server inbound.att.net responded: Server error - Please try again later."

After many tries with no change in 24 hours, I recalled a vaguely similar situation last November on our iMac...
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Difficulty resetting the default browser in Debian/Xfce

Posted 03-21-2020 at 02:48 PM by flshope

This blog entry refers to Debian 10.3 and Xfce 4.12 on a desktop machine.

On a whim, I decided to reset my default browser from Chromium (Version 80.0.3987.132) to Firefox (version 68.6.0esr). Shortly thereafter, I decided to go back to Chromium and reset the default at Xfce menu item

Code:
Applications/Settings/Settings Manager/Preferred Applications/Web Browser
Then I clicked on a link in a daily email in Thunderbird for my local newspaper. The link opened...
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Debian 10 Upgrade on 8-year-old desktop machine is successful but with anomalies

Posted 11-12-2019 at 02:54 PM by flshope
Updated 11-23-2019 at 01:00 PM by flshope (correct arithmetic error)

This post is a summary of two anomalous results from upgrading to Debian 10 on my primary desktop computer Pogo2011. The machine was purchased new from Pogo Linux in 2011 with Ubuntu 11.04 pre-installed. It is now set up for dual booting from either Ubuntu or Debian, each OS booting from a separate hard drive and each with its own Grub installation. Prior to the Debian 10 upgrade, the OS was Debian 9.11. At the end of this post is a machine hardware summary.

I spent considerable time...
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Upgrade of HP 2133 Mini-note PC from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04

Posted 03-06-2019 at 03:04 PM by flshope

Background:

I have a 2008 HP 2133 Mini-note PC laptop running Ubuntu 14.04.5 with the Gnome Flashback desktop environment. A hardware summary is given below. In normal useage, I run the machine with an external display, external keyboard, and external mouse via a Netgear GCS1724 KVM switch.

I have been delaying the upgrade to 16.04 because of previous upgrade difficulties and because of the age of the machine (~11 years). The upgrade software for 14.04 would not run...
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