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Hello,

Approximately five days ago I have clean installed Linux Mint 18 Sarah, Cinnamon, on the Samsung SSD shown in my sig_rig, and I run it on this system. It runs together with Windows 10 Pro, installed on my other SSD, and I use F11 (boot menu) to load Mint, whenever I want to. Otherwise my computer boots directly into Windows.

The installation went very well and I have started using it without any problems, especially after applying the majority of the suggestions from this guide.

I have a couple of questions, though:

1) Each time I shutdown or restart my computer a black screen appears which shows the following:
Linux Mint 18 Sarah me-desktop tty1
me-login:

me is the user name I use.

This screen also appears each time I boot into Mint but, whereas during booting it lasts for a fraction of a second, when I shutdown or restart it displays for approx. one (1) second and then my PC continues.

- Is there any way to stop this?


2) In Windows I am always using HWiNFO64 which, according to my personal opinion, is the best monitoring tool available! I am always running an overclocked system so I need to monitor voltages, temperatures and other values. Is there a similar monitoring tool on Mint? I have found and installed Psensor but it does not monitor Voltages, it does not monitor my Corsair's H110 fan speeds, and it does not even remember the position on my second monitor that I place it! It always open in the middle of my primary monitor. I want another monitoring tool so which is the best monitoring tool on Linux Mint?


3) When I shutdown my computer using the power button on my chassis, a pop-up window comes up asking me if I want to Suspend, Restart or Shut down. Is there any way to prevent this? In Windows when I press the button my system shuts down right away (no window), in less than two (2) seconds.


Thank you! smile.gif
Edited by LostParticle - 7/14/16 at 4:57am
    
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...

1) Each time I shutdown or restart my computer a black screen appears which shows the following:
Linux Mint 18 Sarah me-desktop tty1
me-login:

me is the user name I use.

This screen also appears each time I boot into Mint but, whereas during booting it lasts for a fraction of a second, when I shutdown or restart it displays for approx. one (1) second and then my PC continues.

- Is there any way to stop this?

...


After installing the latest NVIDIA driver this "issue" has stopped! I have rebooted more than 20 times and nothing appears during shutdown or booting, anymore. Some text appears there during shutdown/restart but it is so fast that I cannot even see it. I'm glad this is fixed smile.gif

Anyone on the other two things I have asked?

-- What is the best monitoring tool for Linux Mint?
-- Is there a way to shutdown my computer right away, without any dialogue box, when I press the button on my chassis?

Thank you.
    
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I-Nex is the closest thing to something like CPUZ(it is more detailed than CPUZ though) I've used on Linux. I don't know if that's good enough for you.

As for the power button issue you'll need to see what the power options for Cinnamon are because that's something handled by the DE/WM/GUI.
     
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I-Nex is the closest thing to something like CPUZ(it is more detailed than CPUZ though) I've used on Linux. I don't know if that's good enough for you.

As for the power button issue you'll need to see what the power options for Cinnamon are because that's something handled by the DE/WM/GUI.

Hello, thanks for your reply, at last one person has seen my thread!

I will try that tool, I-Nex, after Googling it first. Thanks!

To give you an idea of what I am looking for, here is a screenshot from HWiNFO64, my permanent monitoring tool on Windows:




Taken a few seconds ago, this screenshot gives you, for example, a complete and accurate snapshot of my system! And it permits to me to monitor everything (important) at a glance. Is there something similar for Linux Mint?

Thank you!

I'll research for the Power button, as well. It must be something in the Settings.
    
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3) When I shutdown my computer using the power button on my chassis, a pop-up window comes up asking me if I want to Suspend, Restart or Shut down. Is there any way to prevent this? In Windows when I press the button my system shuts down right away (no window), in less than two (2) seconds.


Hello again

I have resolved this No 3 inquiry with this setting:




I have also installed I-Nex. The problem with I-Nex is not only that it does not monitor the voltages in real-time but it also does not show the Core clock (frequency) in real time... In the following screenshot my CPU0 clock remained at 4700 MHz for as long as I-Nex was running. The truth is that my CPU0 clock was fluctuating during all this time, of course.




So, I ask again: is there any good system monitoring utility for Linux Mint, like HWiNFO64 is for Windows?


Finally, today I got a new "issue". I have installed the latest kernel and uninstalled all the others. I am just testing, experimenting, with this installation to get the hang of it. This is what my kernels look like now:



The problem now is that each time I boot into Mint I get a screen of GNU GRUB version 2.02, if I recall correctly, offering me some options like MemTest, Windows Loader etc, and giving me 10 seconds to select anyone of those. Then my system boots into Mint. How can I prevent this menu from appearing? How can I disable it or, even better, to press a button when I want it to appear, otherwise my system to boot directly into Mint?

Here is how my grub looks like. I have not touched it, I have not altered it, at all!





Thank you! I hope someone will reply!
Edited by LostParticle - 7/15/16 at 1:51am
    
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Not sure if that is the correct file you need to edit, /etc/default/grub.cfg. You would edit the timeout options and then after editing run "update-grub".

For your monitoring I'm not sure you'll find a program that compares to hwinfo. The closet you can probably get would be a very custom conky.
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Not sure if that is the correct file you need to edit, /etc/default/grub.cfg. You would edit the timeout options and then after editing run "update-grub".

For your monitoring I'm not sure you'll find a program that compares to hwinfo. The closet you can probably get would be a very custom conky.

Hello, thank you for your reply!

When I give the command:

sudo leafpad /etc/default/grub.cfg
and then my password

an empty file called grub.cfg opens! It is empty, I do not see anything inside it!

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Uhm not at a computer i think I missed a directory in that try /etc/default/grub/grub.cfg

Edit: The file you want to edit should look the same as the one you posted.
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Uhm not at a computer i think I missed a directory in that try /etc/default/grub/grub.cfg

Edit: The file you want to edit should look the same as the one you posted.

Thank you for your support but what you suggest to me does not work, I'm sorry...

I gave the new path you've suggested and I get the same result: a null file.

Here is how that directory looks like, in my system:




The only file looking like the one I'm supposed to edit is the grub.txt, so the one I have already posted.

Anyway, thank you.

PS: I've also entered that directory "grub.d" and it contains an irrelevant file (as far as I can tell).
    
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Originally Posted by LostParticle View Post

sudo leafpad /etc/default/grub.cfg
and then my password

an empty file called grub.cfg opens! It is empty, I do not see anything inside it!

Try:
Code:
gksudo leafpad /etc/default/grub

This will have the intended effect of the previously suggested command, with the main change being the name of the configuration file.
gksudo is suggested instead of sudo however is tangential to the problem, gksudo has the effect of sudo but is recommended for graphical applications such as leafpad due to greater "awareness" of environmental variables. Again this is tangential.

For determining the contents of a directory in the terminal use "ls". For example: "ls /etc/default", will list the contents of "/etc/default". Including files and directories. "ls" with no options will largely present the same information as a graphical file browser. Options for "ls" can be found by "man ls" the manual for ls.

When editing "/etc/default/grub" change GRUB_TIMEOUT to be equal to 0. Then "sudo update-grub"

If there are multiple kernels in the grub boot directory or operating systems detected this may be unsuccessful. If so change "GRUB_TIMEOUT=0.0" and "GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0.0".
Aside from the aforementioned configuration file, GRUB is also configured by the contents of the /etc/default/grub.d directory. When multiple kernels are detected a script "30_os-prober", disallows GRUB_TIMEOUT to be 0 and resets the value to 10 seconds. The idea being with a choice of kernels or operating systems to choose from the user would wish to choose which one to boot. Setting the values to decimals, alters the way this script interprets the values and should allow for GRUB to be hidden. When GRUB is hidden it can be accessed by depressing the SHIFT key on boot.

Also bare in mind a stable overclock in Windows is not necessarily stable in Linux but for system monitoring lm_sensors is a popular option, however I doubt it is comparable to HW Info.
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