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Old 04-02-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Failure after failure after failure.....etc


Running into all kinds of problems installing. Tried to install NTP, thought I had, but time/date program keeps telling me to install it(mulitple times)???Go to syn. pkg. mgr. and it says it's installed. Then back to time/date program and get :error exit status 1. So, run : sudo apt-get -f install (got from linux forum), then: sudo autoremove and got Errors were encountered while processing:
initramfs-tools
plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
I just can't get anything to work correctly. EVERY damn time I try anything with this OS./laptop, nothing... NOTHING ever goes as it should. Anyone have any idea what could be causing all this? I've tried all 3 versions of LM17 (cinnamon, Xfce. MATE), and only cinnamon ran as it should, but only for a limited amount of time. Here are some details:
HP2000-210US LM17.1 MATE- LIVE (currently) on an 8Gb pendrive formatted in FAT32.

When I went into Syn. Pkg. Mgr. it "says" there are no broken packages....but time/date program says there is(what it says is I must fix broken pkgs. before install)???? Yet..Syn Pkg. Mgr. says NTP is installed????? And, I installed Asunder & "Chrome" and neither show up in desktop nor menu? Removed Firefox via Syn. Pkg.Mgr., yet it won't remove from menu? All these failures are beyond me. Hope I can find someone who is adept with both laptops and Linux/Ubuntu. This has went on far, far too long, now!!!!!!!!!!!
At Wits End:
:twisted: Rick
 
Old 04-03-2015, 06:14 AM   #2
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NTP, thought I had, but time/date program keeps telling me to install it
Hey Rix,

Just my opinion but GUIs are often lying biatches. If you want to know what's running, ask the processor.
As root from the CLI
"ps aux | grep ntpd"
It will come back with one line that says "ps aux | grep ntpd" which is the processor thread you created when you asked the question.
If it comes back with another containing the word "ntpd", then the persistent process "ntpd" (ntp daemon) is running.
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Go to syn. pkg. mgr. and it says it's installed.
But that doesn't mean it's configured. NTP needs a time server to synchronize with which you have to choose (depending on whether you're running it as a server, meaning you're keeping other machines synched, or as a client, meaning your synched to an authoritative time server (or pool of time servers).
Here's a tutorial specific to your distribution (version) of Linux.

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I installed Asunder & "Chrome" and neither show up in desktop nor menu?
I'm not the guy to ask about desktop configuration, however if you post that as a separate question, since it's not related to your NTP problem and avoid sounding angry about it, since nobody is obliged to help anyone else here and being angry or irritated isn't going to encourage anyone to step up and help, you'll probably locate a helpful soul who is knowledgeable about your desktop configuration who can walk you through the process for resolving this.
These are free operating systems, this is a free support system for the free operating systems. I know it can be frustrating and the learning curve can be steep but I find a little drinking and the occasional screaming fit on the back porch to be a much more productive strategy than venting at people you don't know (and don't know you) and owe you absolutely nothing.
Just my 2 cents.
 
Old 04-03-2015, 10:58 AM   #3
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Well, I really don't know what "fixed"it(the time/date) but, I went into "Software Sources">Maintenance> ran both Fix Mergelist problems/Purge residual configuration>Update cache, then just for the hell of it, I also ran sudo apt-get autoremove. One(?) of those 3 operations did the trick. Now as to the installed programs not showing up in the menu, as they should, I'm still at a loss for that.
And the last part of your reply is duly noted. So, without knowing what operation "fixed" the time/date dilema, how do I revise this thread:
Solved?? or just leave open?
Brighter Days Ahead:
Rick
 
Old 04-03-2015, 05:15 PM   #4
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I'd just open a thread for each issue you still have and somebody will be along shortly to help you with it. First though, I'd go up into the search box at the top of this page and type in what I thought was the root cause of the issue (for example, the prior one would be "NTP". For the chrome issue I might try "mint chrome".) Look for threads marked "solved", read through them and see if you don't have the same problem somebody else had and your answer is already on the site, along the way you'll learn a lot about your operating system especially how to trouble shoot it.

If you don't find it, you're not sure or you just need a little direction or assistance, start a thread, something like "Issue with Chrome on Mint". A lot of folks use Mint on this site, somebody will help you, or at least try.

There is a steep learning curve with this stuff, however once you've mastered it, you have a hobby you can convert to a profession and people will actually pay you for what you know. Along the way you'll make some friends, share some thoughts, help some folks and get help in return.
I'll keep an eye out for you on the threads, if you're stuck and nobody more knowledgeable can help you... well, I can't guarantee I can help you, you'll at least have some company while your pulling your hair out in frustration...
 
Old 04-03-2015, 06:15 PM   #5
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problems, problems, problems

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I'd went through the search area and did not find anything directly associated to this laptop's problems. Thus, I posted up here.
Again, I've been over the 'net" trying to find answers/fixes for the 'hanging". Again, I'll probably have to open a thread here/at other forums. Far too often, the net provides for MSWin and Mac. I type Linux in parentheses after a question, and occasionally that will help. Do you suppose there's a forum/thread out there, oh say something like "proper placement of laptop on RR tracks" or maybe "the under-the-bus method for fixing problems with laptop/O.S."? THANX for the help!!!
Stay Sharp:
Rick
 
Old 04-14-2015, 09:58 AM   #6
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Although the problems with this laptop have not been rectified, this thread was marked 'Solved". Only because I couldn't post that the problem is ongoing, but not applicable to this thread. I don't wish any inconvenience to anyone!
 
  


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