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post #11 of 32
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Personlly- don't go trying to install stuff from source until you know more. The outdated version is still pretty recent.

Agreed. Getting in over my head was a major reason why it took me so long to switch to linux. Running in a virtual machine was key (it helps when you have servers to play with). Once I became comfortable, I installed linux on my workstation.
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If you want to dabble with building stuff, you are probably going to have to pull from Testing/Unstable repos. I would personally run testing as the defacto and pull from Unstable when I require (that's how I roll). The only major break I've seen in the testing repos was some maintainer screwing up the mkinitrd scripts. That was AGES ago and it fixed itself, the maintainer found the problem and a new package was pushed asap (for obvious reasons). Other than that, you might find a few hiccups in testing that might require some google-foo or forum posts. Normally it's minimal, I haven't ever had an issue I can't fix. Though if I can't fix it, I'll sometimes re-install and see if I had been improperly mixing packages (happens). Since I'll (often) run Testing/Unstable/Ubuntu repos on the same system, it can cause issues. Mainly my mix of Ubuntu stuff, which has become less and less as I've now started to pull sources and build packages myself. If it won't build, I'll scrap it and find an alternative unless it becomes a need.

That's my 2c today, still trying to tackle this fglrx crap. No offense to current owners, as I am one, just think performance is sub par to what it should be. My problem, not urs. =P
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Just got all the parts for my computer and have it all assembled. I have installed LMDE, and am having a weird issue with dropbox. When I was using LMDE in VMware, I simply downloaded the 64-bit dropbox .deb package for Debian from the Dropbox website, and installed it. Automatically, the Dropbox icon showed up in the system tray, as did the folder, after it asked for my login information.

Well now that I've installed it the very same way, the deb package installes just fine. But no icon appears in my tray area, and I have no dropbox folder. Running "dropbox" from the command line simply starts a command line version of dropbox.

Why has this happened? How I log in as usual and get the icon in my system tray, and folder? I don't understand how this could happen, as I installed LMDE from the very same ISO that I did on the virtual machine, and used the same deb package to install dropbox...

EDIT:
Never mind, I fixed it!
Edited by W4nderer - 3/27/13 at 7:28pm
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Glad to hear it! Also glad to know things are transitioning smoothly. Let us know if you run into any more snags.
    
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Actually, one thing I would like to do is to disable the swap file, remove the swap partition (which is 23GiB!!), and then add that unallocated space to my main partition.

There's no way I want to eat up 23GB of my SSD with a swap partition, and with 16GB of RAM, I don't think I even need one. Not to mention, I don't think you can enable TRIM on the swap partition, which I would like active on my entire drive. Would anybody be able to assist me in this process?

I reckon I will probably need to modify fstab in addition to the re-partitioning, and I'm a bit nervous, and don't even know what programs I would need to use to accomplish this redface.gif

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Another thing, I've noticed that pressing the mouse wheel does not activate universal scrolling mode, and I didn't see any settings for it in the mouse configuration program. Is there a way I can enable it?

Thanks for all the help! smile.gif
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Actually, one thing I would like to do is to disable the swap file, remove the swap partition (which is 23GiB!!), and then add that unallocated space to my main partition.

There's no way I want to eat up 23GB of my SSD with a swap partition, and with 16GB of RAM, I don't think I even need one. Not to mention, I don't think you can enable TRIM on the swap partition, which I would like active on my entire drive. Would anybody be able to assist me in this process?

I reckon I will probably need to modify fstab in addition to the re-partitioning, and I'm a bit nervous, and don't even know what programs I would need to use to accomplish this redface.gif

EDIT:
Another thing, I've noticed that pressing the mouse wheel does not activate universal scrolling mode, and I didn't see any settings for it in the mouse configuration program. Is there a way I can enable it?

Thanks for all the help! smile.gif

simple. Open gparted and give us a screenshot, it's pretty easy once you know how the drives set up.
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Thank you! Here is a screenshot of gparted:


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ok, first
Code:
sudo swapoff /dev/sda1

then open gparted and format the swap partition. from a live disk you can use gparted to resize your main partition
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All right, I disabled the swap partition and then deleted it (creating unallocated space). Now the screenshot of gparted looks just the same, but instances of "linux-swap" now say unallocated, and the icon next to it changed from red to gray.

I booted off the flash drive that I used to install LMDE, and attempted to resize my main partition. However, it gave me a warning saying that resizing the boot partition may cause the system to not boot up. How can I do it and ensure nothing will be messed up? I didn't apply the change because I was nervous.
Edited by W4nderer - 3/28/13 at 2:54pm
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You want to have the os stuff from the sda2 to the sda1 partition ?

Like said do swapoff /dev/sda1

sudo gparted delete sda1 , create new sda1 chosse proper filesystem formate it.

mount /dev/sda1 > /media/sda1 "something like that"

after that you can do a tar copy wich 1 to 1 with all links and all.

tar cf - . | (cd /path/to/mountpoint; tar xf -) "in this suggested case /media/sda1"

after that do chroot /media/sda1 then you should do sudo update-grub to reinstall bootloader if all went right you can boot from sda1 now sda2 is pointless cause it is the exact copy you can do,

sudo gparted again remove sda2 and enlarge sda1 to hole disk size or size you want. like all disk space -1gb.

then you set a new sda2 partition with rest size make it swap and do swapon /dev/sda2 then you have a contingus filesystem from diskstart to allmost end in sda1 and 1gb sda2 for swap.

I sugesst this complicated method cause you only can resize partitions for 23 to > 230 not from 23 < to 1 it does not work in the other way it only works in one way as far i know, so the 23 gb would be free space untill you reinstall or move stuff to a new sda partiton .

Or if you fail this method you just reinstall and do a manual partitioning where you only choose 1-2gb for swap and rest for data.
Edited by erniv2 - 3/28/13 at 4:48pm
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