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Old 05-02-2013, 11:50 PM   #1
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Peppermint OS. Acer Aspire One. Java Runtime. Please help...

Hey guys, this is my first post and it may be a long one.

Laptop: Acer Aspire One ZG5
CPU: 1.6 Ghz
Ram: 1 Gb

I had the terrible Linpus Lite running on the above machine, so I wiped it and installed Peppermint OS. It runs fast and light. I should mention this is my first linux machine, I've been windows xp, then 7 before this. Unfortunately I've installed the Oracle version of java 6 and 7. When i check in my apps, it says i have Java vm and java console for 6 and 7. Ive had a really hard time uninstalling java 7, and installing Java runtime.

My goal is to run minecraft on this machine, but its been super hard. I found a thread saying to download the linux minecraft jar and run in Java runtime(sun version). Unfortunately i can't figure out how to install the sun java runtime thing I need to even START minecraft.

I'll deal with the performance issues later, I just wanted to get the damn thing running. Please guys, I've put so many hours trying to nail this, and it's almost one in the morning and I'm exhausted. I'm taking another crack at it in the morning, but I thought I should defer to the knowledge of the more experienced and wiser.

I was thinking I just need to uninstall java 7 and install the java 6 runtime environment. I havent yet been able to do this though.

Oh also when I found the java 7 folder and just tried deleting it, it said I didnt have the permission to do it, even though im the administrator.

What's the solution? A different OS? Or something else?

Please help, I'm willing to learn but I've come up dry trying to do this on my own.

Anyway that's it. Guess it wasn't THAT long. Hope someone can help.
Old 05-03-2013, 03:55 AM   #2
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I would try removing all the Java stuff you currently have installed (there should be an uninstall script present in whatever package(s) you downloaded) and install the JDK which contains the VM and runtime and everything else you should need.
If your goal is simply to get gaming, there's no shame in dual booting with Windows. I mean, this game depends on notoriously crappy closed code... It's almost a shame to run it on Linux at all! lol

If you're dead-set on running Java on PeppermintOS, find a tutorial for installing the latest version that Minecraft uses.
Ironically perhaps, installing the JDK on Slackware is deadassed simple. Of course learning how to install anything on Slackware takes a bit of reading, but if you're willing, I'd say go for a Slackware install. Or Debian. Or anything really, that's not a spin-off of a spin-off...
Old 05-03-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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Hey STDoubt. Thanks for the advice. One thing, I seriously can't find the uninstall script for the Oracle Java I have on here.

Also, how would I go about dual-booting windows 7 and the peppermint I have? Could I torrent 7? I would buy it but I am very low on funds atm.

I would be very down to learn more about Debian or Slackware, but I've been looking for this goddamn uninstall script (sorry) for days and I can't find it. Also Im unsure as to how to execute it when I do. Sorry about this, I'm learning alot as I go along and its very frustrating to be stuck on this one stupid problem. Also I've been googling the answers to all these questions but the assorted boards ive come across have been very unhelpful.

Also could I install slackware with LiveUSB? I dont have a cd drive.

Edit: Check the below post, I fixed the problem.

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Old 05-03-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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Ooops I redact my question about dual-booting 7, I realized this is the wrong place for that. My bad. Still looking for that uninstall script though. DAMN YOU ORACLE.

EDIT: Success!!!!!! I did a clean install and it removed those pesky bastards from my OS. Thank you sooooo much STDoubt, I'm going to try and dual boot windows 7 on this machine now.

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Old 05-03-2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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Installing Slackware from a usb:

Also, from your earlier post, you need to use sudo as a prefix to a command with Peppermint to make system wide changes. For example, 'sudo pcmanfm' will prompt for your user password and open the file manager.
Old 05-04-2013, 01:53 AM   #6
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Okay guys, I know I marked this thread as solved but I am having alot of problems trying to get Slackware onto a USB drive. It seems these tutorials(looking at you yancek(jks i appreciate the help)) tell me WHAT files i need but not what to do with them. I have followed the instructions of several tutorials trying to make the slackware 13.0 tree into an iso that I can copy onto my 16gb usb and boot from. I am really trying not to get discouraged but literally no one I know in real life has anywhere near the know-how of getting through the bugs I am experiencing.

I cannot open the .sh scripts that let me turn my directory tree into an iso, let alone get around to copying that.

Once again, if someone could chime in, that would be greatly appreciated. Guess Im going to bed. Please help...

btw i tried: sh

that did not work.
Old 05-04-2013, 03:57 AM   #7
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The easiest way to get the Slackware install DVD onto a USB stick is probably by using "unetbootin". It should be in your repos. Just download the iso. Not the tree.

As for running shell scripts, maybe it's a permission thing? Try
"sudo sh" for example.

Also keep in mind, you need to install Windows before you install Linux. Windows will take over the MBR when installed, and basically nuke your GRUB. It's probably easier if you start over than try to fix that after the fact.
Just take your time, and have fun learning. If you're serious about really getting into Linux, I do recommend a more standard distro. Most distros are basically spin-offs of either Debian, Slackware or RedHat. For a newb, Debian is probably your best bet, although Slackware is a fantastic choice as well.
Old 05-09-2013, 07:29 AM   #8
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OT, but I'm curious to know how well Win7 runs on the ZG5. I'm currently multibooting XP, Fedora 17, 18, and 19β along with Ubuntu 12.04 on my AOA-150.


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