Dual-Booting and Data Reclaiming

I have a Seagate GoFlex Desktop 3TB drive, I wrote a post about it previously to this one.

I was able to get a live Ubuntu DVD going which proved via Testdisk that I did have harvest-able data on it. That just wouldn’t work on my big Desktop computer though.

I finally just bit the bullet and went to the HP All in one in the kitchen, shrunk the main partition, and got Ubuntu 14 to dual boot on it. It’s not great, Ubuntu is scrunched onto the computer. It’s great to take bits of my data via Testdisk though.

I actively have to copy files that will go onto the measly 5gb partition for Home. Then once there I have to chmod 777 them so I can copy then delete or just plain move them immediately.

I’m only copying my HD Videos right now. I did an entire years worth, not watching all of them, but a lot of them to verify they were OK. They are all OK.

Occasionally I have to re-copy from the Seagate GoFlex data, so there is some kind of problem with the drive.

At any rate, the drive was fine last week, and then one day suddenly not.

I’d be so happy to get another external NEW drive. Bad timing, is all I can say. Not a penny to throw at it.

I did install STEAM there on Ubuntu today. It was a horrible process, then come to find out Terraria isn’t Linux capable. Oh well.

That HP All in one computer has a problem that didn’t show up the last two days in Ubuntu, but did today. Windows loses wi-fi. It’s not an easy fix, you have to set it to troubleshoot connections and it’s a pain.

In Ubuntu it happened, no wi-fi suddenly. I right-clicked the wi-fi indicator at the top right of the screen, unticked “enable wifi” then reticked it. Bingo. Wi-Fi radio working and online again. Much easier. But Ubuntu isn’t going to be our main computer. It just can’t hold a candle to Windows ‘any flavour’ still. I find that all Linux flavours are good for troubleshooting and changing things …. hard drives, data corruption, rooting devices, etc.  I enjoy using Windows and when I want/need something else, it works out.

As it goes, I used to use Fedora, dual-booting. I am trying to figure out if I can get something like that going on my now older HP Envy 4-1115dx UEFI boot and no HP Recovery partition any more. Then I’d have more use for that machine.

Funny: How I View Operating Systems

It’s funny how things go. Not so long ago in the past I was using Fedora to dual boot and then finally gave up on it. I’ve never tried it with Win 8 at all, and don’t want to. The thing about Linux is that I lastly had experience with Ubuntu’s newest main version, and mostly purely did not like it.

What did I like about Linux via Fedora? Making things work, bleeding edge keeps you on your toes. I had more solid feeling OS with Fedora 12 and 13 that I last had used, than I ever felt with Ubuntu.

Why? Using Terminal and Su suits me, but I don’t even know what to do without looking it up. I am good at figuring it out, but don’t want the hand holding of Ubuntu at all. it felt flaky and every machine I ever put it on had to be re-installed over and over every so often. Not the same with Fedora. FWIW sometime same machines. I just felt Ubuntu was flaky and not for me.

So why do I like Windows? I just use the computer and updates are automatic. Who knows. It’s just funny.

No, that’s not it. Win 7 and Win 8 are solid computing systems. Auto-updating is good in such an environment.

Ubuntu is not solid, it’s flaky, that’s just my own experience and I find it funny. 🙂

Installing RTL8192se in Linux

I’ve done this more times than I wish I would have had to … based on many reasons, but the basic thing is, I have it down, at least how to do it with a good fresh install of an updated linux system.

I use Fedora, have done this in Fedora 12 and Fedora 13.

Download a recent Linux driver from Realteks website.

as your regular login self un-tar the file such as (the most recent linux driver at this time of writing):
tar -xzvy rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0017.0507.2010.tar.gz in Terminal.

Then, get ready: make sure you have given yourself Sudoer status.

I like this way in Terminal.:

su

password: <—–enter password

echo  user "All(ALL)  NOPASSWD:ALL" >> /etc/sudoer

exit

Make sure you have Sudoer status. Check out that link above for info about that.

Now you are ready to get going on the wireless install.

In Terminal cd to the un-tarred rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0017.0507.2010 directory.

Give yourself Super User status in Terminal:

Sudo Su
make
make install
reboot

When you are booted into the right kernel next time, your wireless should be working (setup any connection information beforehand so that it just connects right away automatically.

Fedora 12 working well for me

I was working in Fedora 12 earlier today and found I had somehow installed a newer kernel … something I was doing last night got me there. I didn’t like having it in my bootmenu … and didn’t want to have a different linux to boot to, I’ve only worked for a day or so on one and have things peachy for the most, and didn’t want to have to go through any of the hoops to get wireless working again … it was an inadvertent install that I quickly shutdown and booted to my preferred one. I looked online for aide in previously written word and found no help.

Sometimes when I have problems I find it hard to actually “search” for the problem. Putting it into search terms is often troublesome. This isn’t a post about searching. That is only an aside. The real point is finding answers when there are no answers.

I found an older page on a forum detailing “yum” and it was something I was interested in since I’ve been using “yum” and like it better than the software adding part of Fedora 12. I found a few additional commands in that which enabled me to look at what I’ve installed recently and find programs or packages, just information that is helpful in diagnosing something, whatever it is.

I hate hotels. While I was writing this I was online and when I went to publish … I got a blank brower and what I’d typed was all wiped out when I used my “back” button (which auto-save feature of WP helped, but it last saved before I had typed the end of this post, several paragraphs which I don’t want to re-type/figure out right now.) In the past this has happened, I mean internet fritsing out, but WP hadn’t always lost the words, that was an early version, so I can’t say what did happen. I’m just gonna publish this and log out of Vista and go back to my happy OS. Fedora 12. I’ll re-work this post later.

Fedora, DVD Playing via VCL

I wasn’t able to stay asleep last night after sleeping for awhile. I got my laptop out and worked on some things and read up on some things, then finally decided to go downstairs, make coffee, when it wasn’t such an indecent hour to be up (5-something).

I got the coffee going, which means grinding the coffee then brewing it: Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill, currently grinding Starbucks Sumatra (my favorite) in ourCuisinart FlavorBrew® 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, black/SS.

Then I went to the desktop computer and worked on trying to get the media player in Fedora to play a DVD, which I couldn’t make happen with the info I found, but eventually gave up and got VCL installed instead. Immediately able to watch a DVD.

I learned a few things about how to do things in Fedora (root, for instance, which I never did find a decent line in any information online on how to just basically login anything as “root” … I figured it out on my own how to do it in Terminal, which is just one of those silly things, to me, that people reference using “root” but not how you start it. Always general reference to it as if anyone using that tutorial would automatically know how to do that, though a basic linux newbie might be computer savvy and figure things out and understand things well beyond beginning linux about something linux, just not “how to work from the beginning in an actual linux environment … you know, like someone who has done some in Python, also has used Knoppix for something in the past … understands lots of computer things, just not “how to use ‘root’ ” and then how it’s compared to “admin” in windows is really weird, ’cause in my experience no Windows profile is any good unless it’s “admin” status ’cause you can’t do squat with lots of things in a limited account, which is the “recommended” account for basic computer use. Yeah, in Windows that means some programs won’t run, certain things won’t install (simple little things that aren’t dangerous to the computer) on and on it’s been such my experience, but the fact is that things in Fedora are not so limited for the basic user. FWIW so the comparison is poor. I may have a different perspective on it than others have, this whole thing is my PERSONAL OPINION, not an overarching statement of fact.

Back to Fedora in general, I’m looking forward to learning more and tweaking it all up, and seeing how much better, hopefully, the desktop can be in Fedora, as opposed to the dual installed Win XP that’s been on it for so long now. I don’t know how friendly it’ll be with filesharing, and I do have to do something with the XP … or that computer, it’s too ancient compared to my Vista laptop which I hope to upgrade to Win 7 soon, I have to explore so much of this, and also put Fedora on the older laptop eventually, if hubby ever gets a new computer, it’ll be interesting to see if it can be a linux only computer better than the XP thing it has been.

I need to figure out how to dual boot my laptop too without having to move everything, which I do have to do anyhow probably. The other thing is, the half-plan has been to get me a new laptop and give this one to hubby, maybe. In that case I’ll back up everything to another drive, and re-install and then upgrade this one, and maybe at that time partition for Fedora on this laptop or not. I doubt hubby cares what OS he uses. I’ve tried and tried to convert him to free software, not cracked stuff, I mean GNU, etc. free. He could use it, he could convert companies he’s with to see the light as well, but he doesn’t. Whatever.

The main thing is he needs a decent program that can do what he wants to use Business Contact Manager for. Outlook w/Bus. Contact Manager is such a resource hog, I hate it. I hate having it on any computer I have worked on (not used, just worked on) with all the complaints lodged when it’s in use, I don’t know why the light isn’t seen as to what is what with that. Anyhow I need to find something else that will work that isn’t so proprietary, also he wants it since it’ll share info with Neat Receipts … which is just another chink in the armour he wears. Nice thing (the scanner), but still, wish there were another way to use it. I’ve never looked into it since I haven’t had to use it, but I suppose I should.

Fedora 12 on my Desktop

I’m typing this post in Firefox on a new install of Fedora 12. It’s my first time installing a linux distro. I’ve used a Knoppix CD before, and have wanted to install Linux, but just hadn’t until I finally got the bug to upload my last.fm .scrobblerlog and didn’t want to not load it to Libre.fm, which I had done a dump from last.fm and upload to libre.fm in mid-2009 — once after that I hand fixed a .scrobbler log to load it to Libre.fm, but that was a mess. A big mess. Took several times to re-do the list and reconnect (Python is how one loads data to Libre.fm) I liked using Python, and want to learn more of how to use it, write in the language for usefulness, etc.

I looked online to find someone who’d made a Python script to change .scrobblerlog to be accepted by uploading to Libre.fm, but the only thing I have found, over and over, is one thing, a bash script on a linux forum. So that was what eventually got me to install Linux. I chose Fedora since it’s a good thing.

I have a Dual Boot install. So I have new Fedora 12 and old WIn XP SP3.

The one thing I haven’t gotten done that I want to is to get my wireless networking card to work in Fedora. I haven’t tried too hard. I have to find the key anyhow, it’s in my router at least, which I can access since I’m plugged in with an ethernet cable for now. If I can’t make that work, then I’ll have to leave the desk by the router for the time being.

One thing that was troublesome in this is that my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse worked through install up to a point, but not after reboot, and I’d whizzed through a screen that I needed to get logged in to the system, and couldn’t do anything but get a wired keyboard and reinstall. Which was fine, it’s not like Windows that would have taken an hour to install. :rolleyes: