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  • Les. replied to the topic Does this cable exist in the forum PC Talk 6 days, 17 hours ago

    The 25 pin shown there is (as it says) a (parallel) printer port. The 9-pin nearly is a serial port, as is the occasional similar 25 pin port of the same gender. You simply need a parallel to USB converter (though they seem to be USB to parallel converters in the usual descriptions. That printer port is the same as often used on some SCSI cards,…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 1 day ago

    EDp, cheers. Of course I did not have the link available at the time. However I have now printed out all of this thread AND the Ubuntu page you cited. I am off out in a few mins for Tamara’s dental appt., so maybe it will kick off again this evening, when I may have a chance to achieve something. Thanks, Les.

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 1 day ago

    30 mins typing just lost. Try from “Writer” this time.

    First, Tippon, noted, but I don’t think I have done that for a long time. Only use Pi and PC for Kodi.

    This morning the PC refused to boot, but, unlike Saturday, this time there WAS recognition of an SSD present. Here is the sequence as best as I could write it down. Sometime it chang…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Love in the forum Other Stuff 1 week, 2 days ago

    Bob, your first date HAD to be lucky, it was my birthday. Somebody has to have the good luck, but at least I had a Ducati 750 production racer at that time, A “Laguna Seca”.

    Les.

  • Les. replied to the topic Love in the forum Other Stuff 1 week, 2 days ago

    D.Dan, my father was about your age when he met my mother. He had been married, two grown up kids when he came home to find wife and gardener (shades of Lady Chat) in bed together. She had been “borrowing” from the shop till, so he ended up bankrupt at the time of the big recession. My sister arrived in ’35, my brother two years later, with me in…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 2 days ago

    Just thinking about RSB’s comments. I have not had any forced shutdowns for at least a couple of weeks, but there were occasional ones before that caused by a Kodi freeze up when told to shut (Kodi) down. Might this have “stuffed up” the grub loader?

    OK, I have never looked at the bootloader before, time to look I guess. Get ready for sparks. Les.

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 2 days ago

    After Saturday’s difficulties, I kept it on all the rest of the day, shutting down before bed.

    Yesterday, it booted OK, so again left on all day, and this morning it has booted OK once more.

    I think I will sit quietly until (if) it plays up again. I will then pull out No.2 pc for use, and try to troubleshoot this one at my leisure.

    D.Dan, to…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 3 days ago

    Ed, it simply failed to boot, and moved straight on to looking for boot from CDROM.

    I tried a couple of times with same result so stuck in my 19.1 install DVD. From that DVD and Ram OS, I could see the SSD, so connected up one of my backup drives to secure my data. I shut down and fired up the stand alone Pi with Kodi to watch the ‘bikes. After…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 3 days ago

    Dave, thanks for that offer. Way back at 10.2, I found Ubuntu a great move from Windoze, but when I had to move on at end of support,  I could not make any sense of the 12.x, tried some others, then after all the Mint talk on the other forum, tried that and stayed put. I have learned quite a bit, but there are still gaping holes in my knowledge,…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 3 days ago

    Actually, my previous SSD failure was a bit similar, but first I must say that after about 3 hrs use of the Pi, I just re-booted and it fired up OK?????

    I had a 60GB SSD off Dave 1 (or was it 2) years ago, that is still OK, in the other (my original) shuttle. My previous 240GB SSD caused a series of inexplicable shutdowns which had me replacing…[Read more]

  • Les. started the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 week, 4 days ago

    Last night I thought “Not done a backup recently”. Booted up OK this morning, shut down OK. Went for ride on the bike as usual. Got home, switched on ready for some ‘bike vids, will not boot!

    Booted up with Mint 19 install disc and I could see the main drive, so connected up the backup drive. Apart from half a dozen .jpeg files (not .jpg files),…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Happy birthday Bob! in the forum Members Birthdays 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Bob, quite correct,  The Newstead I referred to is off the Trentham / longton road.

    I recall now being confused when you previously mentioned a lord Newstead, as it meant nothing to me. There is a large Newstead estate to the Eastern side of the aforementioned road, with an old sewerage works behind, then the Wedgwood factory at Barlaston, my…[Read more]

  • No, No Bob. A marl hole is where the local (mostly red) clay was dug. All the China clay comes from Cornwall, with the other pottery clays (Ball clays) from Devon and Dorset. The potteries has mostly “Etruria marl”, plus of course fireclays which are usually associated with coal mining, very common in the Potteries as well of course, as is (or…[Read more]

  • Eh up, Owker. ‘ow at?

    Do I need to translate from potteries speak? Hello bruv (our kid). How are you?

    Happy birthday.

    I hope you are listening to “China towns” on R4, Sat and Suns. A mashed mixture of Arnold Bennett’s “Clayhanger” and “The old wive’s tale”

    Les.

  • I may not live in the UK, but the brexit outcome does affect us, so I am interested.

    Consider that in one or two weeks time, TM (is able to) call(s) a GE. Parliament shuts down whilst the parties/candidates advertise themselves to the electorate.

    But TM remains as PM, together with her cabinet (which she can sack from and appoint to as she feels…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Insurance question in the forum Other Motoring Topics 4 weeks ago

    Yesterday I had a call from “Island Timber’s” insurance company assessor asking could he call in to look at the damage. In the event he did not arrive, but rang me today to apologise. apparently when he drove past the lane he was on a call (hands free I hope) but either today or later yesterday called in at the body repairer’s offices and viewed…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Insurance question in the forum Other Motoring Topics 1 month ago

    Hugh, if you look at my last reply I wrote:-

    Once this is all over, certainly before my next renewal, I WILL inform my insurance company, but not until then.

    It will certainly be before renewal.

    Les.

  • Les. replied to the topic Insurance question in the forum Other Motoring Topics 1 month ago

    Bob, that link starts at 2008, one year too late for mine, but gives me a $3,615 valuation. Dollars?

    Anyway, converted to sterling that is way above my “valuation” given to MY insurance company, and even more than I paid. When it bought it, it had stood unused for 2 or 3 years, the owner having acquired a Co. car. It had one tyre well beyond…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Insurance question in the forum Other Motoring Topics 1 month ago

    Hugh, that item you linked to is for a driver who causes or is involved in an accident.

    I was not involved, and did not find out until next day. I do not believe the driver was unaware, and it took my “detective” self to trace him. In fact I have no info on the driver, just the company but got the acceptance I mentioned.  There was an initial…[Read more]

  • Les. started the topic Insurance question in the forum Other Motoring Topics 1 month ago

    This is one for any “better than” Barrack room lawyers (such as me) to better advise.

    I recently found my nice new (to me) Mitsubishi Gallant Equippe had a gouged offside rear. It had obviously happened where I had parked it just down the road from the cottage. A neighbour is having work done there, with various delivery lorries, having to…[Read more]

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