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Old 10-16-2015, 07:06 PM   #1
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Old XP laptop computer new life as a Linux

Got a P35-s611 Toshiba Satellite made in 2005, the guy replaced XP with Win 7 home.
The graphics were dead and it took for ever to load.
Replaced it with Cinnamon mint 17.2. Works great considering the low 256 ram in it.
That will be upgraded and so will the 100GB drive.
Mean while I am testing the 17.2.
Here is the problem, can not unlock the permission or even customize Firefox.

How do you correct this? Terminal will not set 644 or 755.
Old 10-16-2015, 09:54 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ.

I'm a bit confused as to how you can run Mint on 256M ram. I guess a swap file may let it work.

I'd also assume that your video is being set at the get go. Linux has changed how they boot into video. To stop that you need some boot option like nomodeset I'd think or remove the offending video drivers or add in the offending drivers.
Old 10-16-2015, 10:27 PM   #3
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Exactly how did you try to "unlock permissions" and what was the result? Set permissions on what?
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I will need to upgrade the ram in order to run videos. Buffering every 15 seconds.
I knew I was going to be challenged by this 10 year old computer.
Graphics are great and the theme packs worked great, but had to disable in order to run other stuff like Firefox.
I can not customize Firefox and when it reboots it states was unable to write permission 644.
I have set ownership in order to by pass this read only status.
Like I wrote however, at least there are not 15 icons taking up the whole desktop. 800 x 600 x 32 was the max I could on the Win 7. The former owner of it said if he knew it would work like I have it now.
That he would learn Linux, He now wants a Linux with his new laptop computer working side by side with Win 8.1.
His work uses a Linux based database and he did not know most games are GRUB started either.
I will post a picture of it tomorrow.


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