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#105184 install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Posted by sef on 23 June 2017 - 11:35 AM


The next time you restart your computer, instead of doing the gpointing settings fix right away, try doing this in a terminal first and see if the problem goes away.

synclient MaxTapTime=50

If that doesn't work, try this next in the terminal

synclient MaxTapTime=0
synclient MaxTapTime=50

That 'MaxTapTime' value is the only thing I see changing when I check/uncheck the gpointing box in the synclient settings from the terminal.

#105143 install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Posted by sef on 22 June 2017 - 02:54 PM

Sorry about the incomplete instructions above, just didn't have time to actually install it until now.


Ok, I was able to install it on my Bodhi 4.2 - 64bit install on my ASUS laptop exactly like this


Open a terminal and type the stuff that's not in parentheses --

  (update your repositories)
sudo apt-get update
  (install some packages that will be required by gpointing settings)
sudo apt-get install gconf2 man-db desktop-file-utils mime-support menu
  (make a temp directory)
mkdir temp
  (move into that temp directory)
cd temp
  (download the 'libgpds0' deb file that is required by gpointing settings)
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/128621864/libgpds0_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb
  (install the 'libgpds0' package)
sudo dpkg -i ./libgpds0_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb
  (download the 'gpointing-device-settings' deb file)
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/128621862/gpointing-device-settings_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb
  (install the 'gpointing-device-settings' package)
sudo dpkg -i ./gpointing-device-settings_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb

I now have "Pointing Devices" in the Preferences portion of my main menu.

#105107 install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Posted by sef on 20 June 2017 - 06:03 PM

in another thread i also saw something as to son't update on install - i did 1x and the other not but i also did check the second set of buttons to install media codcs etc, etc.  is that OK to do.  simple because if it auto install i do not have to bug people later.  updating it is fine later.  it also stalled forever when i updated on install too before.  thanks.

Yep, I wouldn't select any updates and see how it goes. If things are mucked up when you reboot into the installed system, you can always go back and try another install over the top of it again and select the update for media codecs etc.


One step at a time. I like to think of it this way, if I'm reeling in too fast, I'm not going to catch any fish, but if I reel nice and slow I might just catch myself a good one.  :ph34r: And no, I don't like to have 5 bobbers in the water all at once! Lines get tangled up!  :D

#105103 install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Posted by sef on 20 June 2017 - 01:27 PM

also mods - whould we just keepo working within this thread or start all new thread for each issue or request for help.  let me know.


We should be able to just continue this thread whenever you decide to dive into it!

That way we can keep everything in a nice chronological order too.

#105090 install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Posted by sef on 19 June 2017 - 07:51 PM

If you do decide to give an install a try, I would suggest to use your 'least-mission-critical' laptop (ie. try to install on the one that you wouldn't mind borking if something were to go wrong)


And do one laptop at a time. Don't start the next one until the new one is the way you like it.

#105086 install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Posted by sef on 19 June 2017 - 04:44 PM

Most welcome.

The kernel is what holds the drivers for the hardware. (This is not a totally complete answer, but I'll touch the highlights of the kernel) Like in windows, when you have to download and install specific drivers for specific things like video cards, or touchpads, or fingerprint readers, or cameras, etc, etc. In Linux the kernel holds these drivers and sometimes the newer kernel drops driver support for older hardware so that it can support newer hardware. The missing older drivers should be contained in the package 'linux-image-extra-#####', but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way and you have to go back to an older kernel that works. (Bodhi does ship with the 'linux-image-extra-#####' package) When I find a kernel that works well with my hardware I am reluctant to change it unless there is a security issue of some sort. 


If you want to wait to upgrade, that really shouldn't be any problem, just totally up to you.


It just sounded like you were having a heck of a time with Bodhi 4 and I figured I could either help make it better or worse.  ;)


but...after 2 exhausting days and nights... i just hate to mess them up. 

Sounds like you also have been down that path before.  :)  Not a lot of fun as I recall, so I don't blame ya!


Edit: formatting

#105071 Show your Bodhi stuff!

Posted by sef on 19 June 2017 - 10:51 AM

Then I should stand in front of that famed tree in South Carolina.

I think I would like to visit that tree as well since I'm only a few hours away from it. (Although I have to admit, it would be more of an excuse to also spend some relaxing time at the beach!!!)  B)

#104887 HDMI output audio

Posted by sef on 13 June 2017 - 07:37 PM


First of all, I appreciate the advice and I am trying to understand what it all means.  I read the articles linked by @sef and I must say, I am confused by his recommendation that I go back to 32-bit. The articles seem to suggest that


You can probably stick to the default download option of 64bit, unless you're quite low on RAM.

Unless you have specific reasons to choose 32-bit, we recommend 64-bit to utilise the full capacity of your hardware.


Moreover,  the original problem (no trackpad) led to a suggestion that I go to a newer kernel. That may not have been necessary but I was reminded that Jeff is considering abandoning 32-bit ISOs except in the non-PAE kernels. I think for me that might be unnecessarily antiquated. I have no real idea what i'm doing though so I have no real opinion about architecture. I certainly haven't noticed any problems with videos or graphics.



Well, upon further review, I say that if 64 bit is working for you, then why fix what isn't broke.  :)

#104880 HDMI output audio

Posted by sef on 13 June 2017 - 11:13 AM

Since 32 vs 64 bit OS application will not be a universal choice in all cases, I think users should make an informed decision as to which they want. Both have their positives and negatives in different ways. (Not trying to dog anyone, or show anyone up, just trying to put some info out there) :)


After looking at these websites there's some info that I found pretty informative and kind of surprised me, and I think each individual decision may be slightly different.

Ubuntu Documentation: 32bit and 64bit

How To Ubuntu: How to decide if you should use 32bit or 64bit Ubuntu


There is other stuff out there that's really informative too. Just thought that these two links were interesting, since they were coming from Ubuntu.


@ bob rashkin -- When looking at your specs, I agree with Timmi that you may be better off with the 32bit. But I would suggest looking for yourself and deciding what you're most satisfied with. Information and knowledge are ... enlightening! :D   Regards.

#104801 Hello from Barcelona!

Posted by sef on 07 June 2017 - 02:30 PM

Yes all OK. I only had a little issue at the second pass in the installation program: I put on the checkbox  -> "download updates while installing"  and kept waiting for a few minutes. Thought it might be a problem with my HD.

Finally I reset the installation without updates and in a few seconds pass and can continue with the installation.


Yes, I had the same issue on install, but it's Ubuntu's installer, so we don't maintain it.


-- In case others have similar questions and stumble across this --

Simply quit out of installation, restart the installer, and proceeded without updates or third party software.

Then it goes on fine, just update everything when you boot into the newly installed OS.

#104791 Hello from Barcelona!

Posted by sef on 06 June 2017 - 03:11 PM


Glad to hear all is going well with the install!   :)

#104667 Bodhi Linux 4.2.0 Relased

Posted by sef on 01 June 2017 - 07:22 PM

so - will bodhi 5 upgrade be easier as to just hit upgrade and everything will work or is it still a clean install and re-tweaking everything?  or is it still going to be an OS reconfiguration as you say?  


It will be a clean re-install && re-tweaking. Sorry no luck on the upgrade, but that would be nice!


As a note, before you do a clean re-install, copy & save to USB your directory "/home/(username)/.e/". You may be able to copy it into your newly installed system and save some headaches. However, sometimes a recycled ".e" directory doesn't like to play nice and you have to start your re-tweaking from scratch.

#104665 Bodhi Linux 4.2.0 Relased

Posted by sef on 01 June 2017 - 04:48 PM

Bodhi 3.x will be supported until 2019.

Bodhi 4.x will be supported until 2021.


Bodhi 5.x will come out some time after April 2018 and will be supported until 2023.


Do what you will, but you could wait until 5.x comes out to upgrade / reinstall if you don't want to mess around with OS re-configurations.


( ps. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from installing Bodhi 4.x !!! Just laying out the info here. )   :)

#104527 what is the end date and which one is the best to installl?

Posted by sef on 26 May 2017 - 03:34 AM

Sorry, EOL for bodhi 4 (and thus ubuntu 16.04) is April 2021. I misunderstood your original post.

#104518 Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Posted by sef on 25 May 2017 - 11:21 PM

Good to hear it's sorted. I've been a bit out of pocket since yesterday, but I must say that we have an awesome community here to pick up the slack! :)