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On Linux, is it safe to use an external USB hard drive for the /home mount?

So I'm going to give Linux Mint a whirl. As I understand it, /home is where users' content like documents, downloads, and media will be stored. Because my SSD hard drive is small, I'd like to use a ...
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Is it safe to download and burn a disc image on an infected PC?

My PC is infected. If I download and burn linuxmint.iso on the infected PC, will the CD become infected also?
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How to check root partition with fsck?

I installed Linux Mint 12 KDE, and I would like to check the root partition for any errors. How do I check the root partition with fsck at boot time?
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How do I disable the keyboard shortcut for menu in Linux Mint 13?

I use gnome-do a lot and usually I summon it using [Super] + [Space]. It works just fine on my desktop PC (Linux Mint 11) but on my new ThinkPad T420 (Linux Mint 13) it didn't work that well. I had to ...
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Cannot Share host directory with VirtualBox Guest Mint 16 64 bit

Problem When attempting to mount a shared directory from Linux Mint 16 VirtualBox guest OS, I receive the following error: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on hostshare, ...
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How can I determine if Apache is installed on a system?

I have Linux Mint on my computer but I don't know how to find out whether Apache2 is on it or where it is actually installed. I run my web browser (PHP installed) with http://localhost as a URL and it ...
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Ubuntu and Linux Mint only run in Software Rendering Mode on Virtualbox

I am trying to figure out why Ubuntu and Linux Mint only run in Software Rendering Mode on Virtualbox. My motherboard supports hardware virtualization and it is turned on, and I have installed the ...
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How can I increase the A2DP bitpool on Linux?

I recently bought a Bluetooth headset (Philips SHB4000), and got it to stop sounding like a phone after I told Linux (Mint) to use A2DP rather than HSP/HFP. However, there's still an annoying ...
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How do I solve periodic mouse lag on Linux Mint (MATE)?

I have a laptop with the latest Linux Mint installed (the MATE version, not the Cinnamon one). 80-90% of the time everything works great, but periodically the mouse will start "lagging" heavily (it ...
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How do you install Linux alongside Windows 8 without corrupting the Windows 8 boot configuration?

In order to install Linux Mint 14 alongside Windows 8 I disabled UEFI and booted to a flash drive with the Linux image. I installed Linux, restarted the computer, and the GRUB boot loader appeared. ...
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Chrome GUI is too big as of 43.0.2357.124-1

Last night, I updated my version of Google Chrome from 43.0.2357.81-1 to 43.0.2357.124-1. The most visible change is that the UI elements are way too large. Here's a comparison with Chrome (top), ...
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How can I change the time before the system locks?

When I step away from my Linux computer for a while, the system locks and I have to enter my password to unlock it. How can I change the time before the system locks? I've hunted through all the GUI ...
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How to remap CAPSLOCK to ESC in Linux Mint 12

I would like to remap the CAPSLOCK key to ESC as this is easier to use in Vim. I can make it in Ubuntu 11.04 as there's an option for this in Keyborad configuration. But recently I switched to use ...
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How do I search for a command I don't know the complete name of?

Every time I try to use a program from the terminal, I can't find it because it doesn't match the real name. For example, I type disks in terminal, but the real name is gnome-disks. I tried to use: ...
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How to style window borders in Linux Mint w/ Cinnamon?

I've noticed that all the themes leave me with those large gray/metal window borders, which I really don't like. How can I edit this, and why do most themes simply change how the taskbar looks?
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move the gnome-panel to second monitor (Linux Mint 11/12, Gnome 2 & 3)

Introduction I'm new to Linux Mint but I do use Linux since 2003 (mostly debian and ubuntu). Up to now it was always possible to easily move a panel in Gnome to where ever I wanted it by pressing ...
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How to remove distro-specific “branding” from Firefox in Linux Mint

I just switched from Ubuntu to Mint and I'd like to remove the mint branded Google custom search "feature" which does some strange things to the styling of the results page. I went into synaptic and ...
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how can I use wget to download large files?

I'm using Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon running from an 8GB pendrive. I want to get the ISO for 'Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” KDE '. I tried using wget in the terminal. Here is exactly what I typed: wget ...
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How to enable linux swap partition?

I've got a swap partition, but the System Monitor in Linux Mint says, 'Swap not available'. I guess I've forgot to set 'Use as: swap' on install. How to fix this?
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Terminal command to upgrade from Linux Mint 16 to Linux Mint 17

Could anyone advise on the correct terminal commands to upgrade from Linux Mint Petra to Linux Mint Qiana?
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Unicode characters cannot be displayed on Chrome tab title on Linux

After doing an apt-get dist-upgrade, unicode characters including Chinese and Japanese cannot be displayed in Chrome's tab titles. They are correctly displayed elsewhere (e.g. page content, bookmarks, ...
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Getting 1920x1080 resolution or 16:9 aspect ratio on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

I am running Ubuntu and Linux Mint in VMWare. In the display settings, none of the 16:9 aspect ratio resolutions are available, including the commonly used 1920x1080 resolution. How can I enable this? ...
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Using keyboard shorcuts with the windows key in Linux Mint Mate

I'm using Linux Mint 15. I'm using the keyboard shortcut "Super_L" to open the Mint menu of the Mate desktop. Now I want to use for example the shortcut "Super_L+1" to open a terminal window. I went ...
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Where does Linux Mint keep the files for default desktop wallpapers?

Under Cinnamon Settings > Backgrounds, there are a lot of images I would like to move to my windows partition to use as wallpapers. Where exactly are these files located?
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How can I reset all network settings in Linux Mint?

I'm using Mint 14 and i completely hosed the network settings. How can i reset them all back to default.
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Hotkey to Move Window to Other Monitor

I'm running Linux Mint with Cinnamon using two monitors. Is there a hotkey combo that moves the window from the current monitor to the other? I can hold Windows Key + left/right/up arrow to move/ ...
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Can't Copy to Clipboard from Vim

I'm running Vim 7.3 under Linux Mint 13 (using MATE) and I'm not able to save text to the system clipboard. I run Vim in the terminal and copy text from the terminal with CTRLINSERT. When I select ...
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How to upgrade from Linux Mint 15 to Linux Mint 17?

How do I upgrade from Linux Mint 15 (Olivia) to Linux Mint 17 (Qiana)? I googled, but the results showed only upgrading 16 to 17. Please help on this.
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How do I change linux mint's default search in Chromium to normal?

I've used Linux Mint for over 6 months, and have been loving it until I installed Mint 11 today. Everything was great until I loaded up chromium and saw that it only allows you to search through ...
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Install GCC / G++ Version 4.9 in Linux Mint

I always like to have the latest version of things, particularly if that thing is gcc, g++ and there has recently been a revision to the c++ standard. I have forgotten what ppa's I need to add to my ...
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How to disable Alt-f shortcut binding from file menu access key under Cinnamon Mint 13 (Maya)?

I'm running Cinnamon on Linux Mint 13 (Maya). I want to disable the terminal file menu access shortcut as it's bound to Alt+f and I'd rather use that shortcut to move forward a word in bash. I ...
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How to enable 32-bit binary compatibility on Linux Mint 11 x64

I've recently installed x64 Linux Mint 11, basically Ubuntu Natty. Since the install I've found that 32-bit applications which used to run on my Ubuntu system are rejected by my Mint 11 system. When I ...
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Linux mint 10 seems to corrupt ntfs filesystem

I have linux mint 10 and windows 7 installed on the same hd. First partition is linux, then swap, then the windows system partition and finally an NTFS partition for commonly used data i would like ...
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How can I prevent the “Welcome to Android Development” wizard from appearing when I start Eclipse?

I've written this on SuperUser as it's not a programming (programmers.se/stackoverflow) or Android-usage (android.se) question exactly. The "Welcome to Android Development" wizard is a wizard which ...
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Need to find out the name of the graphics card and and if driver is installed?

I am using Mint 12 on a lenovo machine. How do I find the exact name of my graphics card to download and install driver? Also is there any way to check if the driver is already installed or not?
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How to enable mouse focus in Linux Mint 15 with Cinnamon

I'm a big fan of mouse-focus, or "focus follows mouse", and I had this enabled in Mint 14, but when I reinstalled with Mint 15 I can't find the option anywhere. None of the sections in "system ...
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How to boot into text mode in Linux Mint LMDE (Debian-based)

Ok, this might sound ridiculous, but of all the issues I could have, I'm scratching my head over booting into text mode. Normally I'm in the opposite direction, such as startx not working. To put the ...
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How can I open the Start menu in Linux Mint with the Windows key

I just installed Linux Mint 11 on my laptop and I am very used with the Windows interface. I could not find a way to set the Windows key to open the Start menu, like in Windows? I did a few searches ...
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“AMD Unsupported Hardware” watermark in Linux Mint

I just setup my new computer that has onboard video and Installed Linux Mint. I installed the "ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver" from Hardware Drivers and now I have a watermark on the bottom ...
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Disable Alt + F1 keyboard shortcut in Cinnamon

I am running Linux Mint 14 with Cinnamon. Currently Alt + F1 opens the 'Expo' mode, showing all workspaces. I would simply like to unbind/disable this shortcut. Where can I do this? I have searched ...
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When installing Mint Linux in VMware player which OS version should I select?

I just downloaded the iso for the 64bit version of Mint Linux. I want to run it from Windows and to do this I installed the free version of VMware player. It said it couldn't auto detect the type of ...
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How to reset system colors

I'm using Linux Mint, MATE version. I have a weird problem that occurs quite frequently when scrolling down through log files in terminal: the machine pauses for a second or two, and when it comes ...
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Mint 13 does nothing when laptop lid is closed

I have a laptop running Mint 13. I have it hooked up to a 30" monitor and have no use for the laptop being open, so I put it on a shelf and close it. When I do that, the monitor goes blank. The ...
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how to listen to audio with HDMI on the TV on linux?

I am using linux mint 15 "cinnamon". I've got some videos that I want to play on the TV. I connected my laptop to the TV using HDMI. the video can be seen, but the audio is playing on my computer. ...
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Failing to load libGL.so.1 after installing bumblebee

I am running Linux Mint 15 64bit. My laptop has a Geforce 640M Optimus card, so I installed bumblebee according to the installation instructions (Basic Setup). Using optirun to run programs (e.g. ...
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Is it possible to upgrade Linux Mint to 64-bit remotely?

I have Linux Mint 32-bit installed on a remote server. I was wondering if I can do the upgrade to 64-bit. I have access to SSH.
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Can I encrypt the home folder after I have installed Linux Mint 11?

If I did not choose to encrypt the home folder during the installation of Linux Mint 11, can I encrypt the home folder after it has been installed? Also what does in encrypt in the home folder? Is ...
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Where to look when the system crashes or something else horrible goes down?

My Linux Mint workstation is acting funky, it appears to be logging me out randomly, though I'm guessing what's really happening is that the X desktop is crashing. Maybe. How do I troubleshoot this? ...
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How do I make my Lenovo Y50's subwoofer work on linux?

I have a Lenovo Y50 laptop which has a subwoofer integrated that works only on Linux Mint 17.2, if I download HDA Analyzer and change with it: PIN 0x17 -> Widget Control -> Check OUT PIN 0x17 -> ...
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Can I get around using “pip install --cert”?

Trying to figure out if there is a way that I can avoid using the --cert flag to pip when I am installing packages at work. There is some issue with the proxy that only allows me to download the ...