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Old 10-28-2018, 04:14 AM   #1
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Bohdi + Kangaroo Device does not work


Just came on here to report that Bodhi 5.0 does not work well with the Kangaroo devices. 4.5 works as it should.

On the first boot up I can get to the login screen then I am greeted with a browser with no way to close it, I have blank area's at the top and bottom of the screen where I would find the taskbar and are to min/max/close the screen.
 
Old 10-29-2018, 06:01 AM   #2
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Hi. You can close any window from the tray at the bottom of the screen. If you can see the tray, then find the entry for the browser window, right click on it, and select Close. If you can't see the tray, hold down the ALT key, click and hold on the window, and slide it UP until the lowest edge moves upwards. You should now see the tray and you can close the window.

If you are working on a computer with severe screen space limitations then you may need to get used to holding down ALT and sliding. However, since you're missing the bar at the top of the window, I suggest you make the following changes:

Click on the desktop to bring up the main menu. Select Settings > Settings Panel.
When it opens up, in the Looks section (it opens up here), go down to Borders, and select the Default border. This should put the appropriate decorations at the of each window.

Once you've got that working, I further suggest three more modifications which make life easier (for me!). They involve programming three key combinations which will soon become second nature. Program key combinations using Settings > Settings Panel > Input (see the row of icons along the top - you might need to scroll). Then select Key Bindings.

Now, in Key Bindings, program Alt+Q as Windows:Actions > Close.
Reprogram Windows+Left Arrow as Windows:State > Maximise Mode "Smart"
Reprogram Windows+Right Arrow as Windows:State > Cycle Between Borders, with the text "default pixel" (no quotes) in the Action Params box.
(If you haven't got a Windows key, then choose another or use ALT!)

Once you've done this, you can close any window (app) by Alt+Q, and when a window comes up you can play with Windows + the arrow keys to make it fit within the available space, and you can add/remove the border decorations at will.

Good luck
 
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:55 AM   #3
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@bobl01 No, none of what you suggest is working. I reinstalled it for a 3rd time and its the same exact behavior. Forcing a reboot I get a Moksha screen that's greyed out and nothing else. In fact booting to the live cd results in the same thing.
 
Old 10-29-2018, 09:27 AM   #4
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Hi rfanch3r. There are no doubt a number of things you can try, none with any guarantee of success. I think that if I were in your shoes I'd try some or all of the following:
1. Downloading and installing the Bodhi 32 bit "legacy" version (it's still version 5).
2. During installation, select the option which means you don't have to enter a password to get in.
3. Maybe giving up with Bodhi and trying Linux Mint instead.
 
Old 10-30-2018, 09:52 PM   #5
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1. This device is a 64bit machine so why would I want to use a 32bit OS? However as a test, I did try the 32bit version and all it does it drop me into a busybox session.
2. Booting from the usb flash results in the same behavior
3. I am distressed that the ONLY solution to this issue is to give up and use something else. I picked this distro because the requirements fit the device. I was looking for a low memory distro and came across this.

Well I might just give up and use 4.5 since that is the only one that works out of the box. Just reporting to those few that use this device, that 5.0 does not work on it.

Whatever 5.0 64bit is doing does not effect lubuntu 64bit the same way, so with that said I will abandon Bodhi and stick with lubuntu.

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Old 10-31-2018, 04:00 AM   #6
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Why wouldn't you want to run 32 bits? There's no particular advantage in running 64 bits on a small system.

No doubt there is a solution for your problems, however, tracking it down is going to take a lot of time, or a lucky break, or both! In the end, Bodhi is just one distribution, maintained by a tiny team of unpaid volunteers. It's impossible (if only for reasons of cost) to test the distribution on every manufacturer's hardware. I'd never heard of Bodhi (or Kangaroo) before two weeks ago, and I guess I was lucky that it worked first time on a particularly small machine; previously I'd tried Mint and that worked reasonably well, but not as good as Bodhi. But if Bodhi hadn't worked I'd have either gone back to Mint or maybe tried a few other distros.

Whilst I can understand that it is completely unsatisfactory to have an unsolved problem, sometimes walking away is the sensible choice. After all, it's not like you're without options.
 
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:34 PM   #7
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Why wouldn't you want to run 32 bits? There's no particular advantage in running 64 bits on a small system.
There are apps that are no longer available or updated for 32-bit.

I run legacy on a 64-bit machine cuz it runs more reliably, however I tried the 64-bit route first before I got tired of debugging issues, although my problems completely unrelated, for example I had to use NOACPI option just to boot/install 64-bit, and after install, lots of crashes.
 
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