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Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2014, 03:39:56 AM »
 

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Thank you for that, i will read up on it before I dive in...
 

Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2014, 01:53:28 PM »
 

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Thanks guys...I will study what you've both said for a couple of days before I attempt it and come back if I have any dopey questions before I actually do it!

Here is a GParted tutorial that will give you a better idea of how it works than just our descriptions:  http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
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« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2014, 12:05:33 AM »
 

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Hello!

Thanks for covering my back on that. I definitely DID forget about having to turn off the swap file, even though, now that I recall, I've had to do that before a time or few myself...

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Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2014, 06:44:43 PM »
 

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Thanks guys...I will study what you've both said for a couple of days before I attempt it and come back if I have any dopey questions before I actually do it!
 

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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2014, 05:32:57 PM »
 

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Sounds fine to me N4RPS.

Couple side notes:
  • When using live DVD/USB it will usually mount and use the swap partition on the hard drive.  If you try moving/resizing swap partition it won't let you.  You'll need to right-click the partition (in GParted interface) and choose "Swapoff" before doing anything with it.
  • Size of swap partition is highly subjective and everyone has there own preferences.  Most important to consider is whether you plan on hibernating the computer.  If "yes", then make swap partition (at minimum) slightly more than amount of RAM on your computer.
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Hello!

You're welcome. Happy to help.

Of course, you will need to boot to a Live CD, and run GParted from there. It won't let you change anything on a partition that's currently in use.

If you want to preserve your current Linux partition and its contents, you DEFINITELY *DON'T* want to delete or remove it. The swap file can be altered as you see fit, as nothing is ever permanently stored there. (I've seen 2-4 GB mentioned as a recommended swap file size, but I use 2 X however  much RAM I have installed as a general rule of thumb).

This also goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Before changing ANYTHING, if you can, back up what you now have, so you can restore it if something goes haywire. I use Redo Backup to do this, as it copies the entire drive in its current state.

Afterward, if you want to completely obliterate your Windows install, then yes, you delete that partition with GParted and leave it unallocated. You then click on your Linux partition, select 'Resize/Move', and specify what size you want to become and/or move it to where you want it to be. Growing a Linux partition is pretty quick, but moving one can take a while, depending on how big it is.

(Attention others: If any of this is incorrect, then by all means, say so)...

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Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2014, 09:15:33 AM »
 

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Thanks Rob - the first step is to delete just the Windows part of the disk, I assume? I don't touch the Linux part or the Swap File?
Once Windows has gone, I just want Linux to use the whole disk, so do I just "grow" the Linux partition that appears in the first position and stretch it up adjacent to the Swap File at the end of the disk?
 

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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2014, 08:24:06 PM »
 

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Hello!

I use GPartEd to handle anything dealing with partitions - including moving or 'growing' a Linux partition to replace a deleted Windows one...

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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2014, 04:10:56 PM »
 

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I am currently dual booting between Linux Lite and Windows XP Pro SP3  - when I decide to ditch Windows and use only Linux, could you provide simple instructions on the best way to do this, please?

Getting rid of Windows is easy -- just delete the Windows partitions on the disk.  That's all.  (GParted would be the best program to use for that.)  After it's gone, you just need to run one command in the terminal to get rid of it's boot entry in the grub menu:
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sudo update-grub
What you choose to do with the free space after that is another story.  There's no "best" answer for that because everyone has their own preferences for how they setup their system.  You could merge the space into your current LinuxLite partition to create one large one.  You could create a separate partition for storing data files only.  You could install other linux distros and duel/triple-boot, etc.

Best thing to do is decide how you want to use the space, then ask question here if need guidance to accomplish that whenever you're ready.
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Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2014, 09:47:34 AM »
 

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I'm back again!  :) Just a final request before this thread becomes too long...

I am currently dual booting between Linux Lite and Windows XP Pro SP3  - when I decide to ditch Windows and use only Linux, could you provide simple instructions on the best way to do this, please?

As a footnote, I'm really pleased with Linux Lite and can't really see a reason not to change permanently.
I'm comfortable with most of the "program-equivalents" available in Linux - although the only one I will miss badly is Firetrust's MailWasher Pro. (I spoke with them and there is a Linux (or cross-platform) version being developed and I hope at some point in the future that I'll be able to incorporate it into my Lite installation).
 

Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2014, 02:49:13 AM »
 

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Hello!

Come back as often as you feel like you need to. There are a bunch of folks here who are more than happy to help.

From what I understand, LL is a relatively new concept. It is amazing that it has progressed as far as it has in such a short time. After all, Ubuntu itself is close to ten years old and is funded by deep pockets, and Debian is considerably older than that (close to twenty?).

As LL progresses, and enhancements and other more pressing matters are taken care of, if enough additional people with the necessary skills should join the development team, then perhaps some of the smaller issues can be revisited, but of course, the push is always forward.

If I ever get deep enough into Linux to create my own LiveCD, I'd probably take the things I like out of a number of different distros and call it 'Mishmash' - which, of course, would probably prove itself to be an unmitigated DISASTER!

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Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2014, 02:49:42 PM »
 

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Ok...as everything seems to be working fine, I'll just be thankful for what I've got and not play with the language options.

Thanks to everyone for the help, I'll try not to come back soon!
 

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2014, 01:58:54 PM »
 

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Hello!

You can always selectively 'remap' certain keys, to cover circumstances like the pound and euro symbols...

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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2014, 09:43:21 AM »
 

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the "help" and "about xfce" buttons appeared just above "turn off computer" when I clicked on the "menu" button in the bottom left corner of my screen. Also some of the items in sections of the menu were either in different positions or not showing when compared to the "standard menu" I had using American English

For some reason mine doesn't have those -- just "Switch Users", then "Lock Screen".  "Help Manual" is near top under "Run Program", but it works just fine.  Both US and UK VirtualBox setups have exact same listings under menu categories and in same order.  (Maybe "real" not "virtual" install acts differently -- I don't know.)

Let's just forget about it.  You've got it working now with "English US" and I can't seem to recreate problem.  Seems pointless to waste more time on it.
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Re: A couple of problems encountered...
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2014, 03:51:52 AM »
 

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gold_finger - Good morning, the "help" and "about xfce" buttons appeared just above "turn off computer" when I clicked on the "menu" button in the bottom left corner of my screen. Also some of the items in sections of the menu were either in different positions or not showing when compared to the "standard menu" I had using American English.
Meanwhile, I re-installed and left the language at U.S. and everything seems fine...but I will go back to UK English if you wish and show you the differences, I've done it 4 times now and it always produces the same result.
The only other left-field thing I can think of is that my Laptop is American, but with the keyboard set up in Windows for UK layout. 
 

 

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