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In Topic: install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Yesterday, 10:08 PM

OK, last remark for the day. 

In gparted right-click on the partition you want to modify. In the popup menu you will see an option "unmount" Click on it. When you right-click the swap partition you will an option "swapoff". Click on it. This will make this special area available for modifications.

In Topic: install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Yesterday, 08:59 PM

OK, you want to resize your system partition and that can not be unmounted. Better boot a liveCD and run gparted from there.

You should select sda1 and choose resize. Leave it at least at 30GB in size to avoid possible issues with space in the future.

This will result in a big chunk of unformatted free space.

You might prefer to select sda5 and remove that, next remove sda2. Now the free space is even bigger. Click in there and create a new partition. Make sure it is marked as "Extended Partition". In there you can create several partitions without being limited to four.

What is your goal?

Be sure to create a small (1000MB) partition at the end of the drive and assign it to linux swap area.

In Topic: install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Yesterday, 08:44 PM

sorry so you want me to run all of these?ran the first 5 lines.


so what did i do worng?  also how do i clean up the hard drive issues?


oh - thank you!


No, do nothing, you have gpointing settings working. This might be usefull for your next computer though as it might prevent all those errors you were suffering.

In Topic: install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Yesterday, 08:15 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.

Hmm, something about "best practice" in my experience. Could have prevented the dpkg lock above.


mkdir debs
cd debs
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/128621862/gpointing-device-settings_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb
wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/128621864/libgpds0_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i libgpds0_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb gpointing-device-settings_1.5.1-6ubuntu2_amd64.deb

In case of errors run
sudo apt-get install -f
#(will correct missing dependencies)
sudo dpkg --configure -a
#(should configure packages that were not fully installed/configured)

The packages you installed in advance are available in the repos, only these two had to be taken from launchpad.

In Topic: install on my wife's laptop - many issues solved

Yesterday, 07:11 PM

Can be done from terminal. You can start with running 

sudo parted -l 

and post the resulting output here. It will tell me all disks and partitions you have right now. That way I can give you better instructions.


Congrats to the wife, make that a fine salad and serve a cool wine with it.  :)