Category: noobs are welcome!

Do I need to install xboxdrv for Xbox 360 controllers?:

I have used Mint 19 and Manjaro and I have never had to install the xboxdrv package to get my wired and wireless xbox 360 controller to work for linux games and window games. Do I need this package or is it only needed for certain distros or older kernals?

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How do I install a game (Rise of Nations) onto Linux Mint 18.3? (need help):

Hi, I hope this is the right community for this question; I’m trying to install a game (Rise of Nations) onto Linux (I use Mint 18.3), and so far I’ve just found forum posts full of jargon, lines of script etc., and I’m a total noob so none of that means a lot to me (not to bash those forums at all, they look like a really good resources for people who aren’t noobs)

I just need a bit of jargon-free help tho I don’t want to demand too much of anyone’s time. I have Play on Linux, and Wine, and that’s about as far as I’ve got. Thank you in advance for any helpful answers

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Any program similar to M$FT’s Onenote to take notes etc..:

I sorely miss something of similar convenience.

Thank you

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Can I still acces Windows after installing Kubuntu (Alongside Windows):

I have been trying to get into Linux for some time now but I’ve had a few problems, although I today managed to use Kubuntu from a usb stick.

This is my question: Can I still acces1 Windows after installing2 Kubuntu

1 I mean that I can select the OS I want to use at startup, and that it doesn’t directly go into Kubuntu or Windows each time. 2 I’m planning on using the install alongside Windows option that I saw in Ubuntu last time I installed Ubuntu (On another device).

  • Windows’ Fast Start-Up option is disabled
  • Secure Boot has been disabled
  • I have tested Kubuntu on my laptop using a USB Stick
  • I’m planning on dualbooting on my Acer Predator Helios 300.
  • I have a 256GB SSD for windows and a 500GB SSD for Kubuntu.
  • Laptop has the specs to run Kubuntu

I’m asking this because I want to know if I have to do anything before I install it so I’m not stuck in one of the OS’s.

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Failed attempt to copy a Windows 10 HDD to an SSD using dd:

I have a 1tb windows 10 hdd and a brand new 1tb ssd. I used the following command dd if=/dev/windowshdd of=/dev/unformattedssd status=progress . After doing b this, windows on either drive won’t boot. Is there something that DD did to the HDD to cause this in don’t know about? Not asking for help with getting windows to boot, I just need to know if dd did anything extra than copying from the windows 10 hdd to the new ssd. Any help would be greatly appreciated because I’m at a complete loss as to what could’ve went wrong

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Noob at play: Partitioning screw up leading to boot problem!:

So I run a dual boot Manjaro-Windows 10. I ran out of space on my root partition so I tried to resize them. The SSD looked something like this (simplified): win – WINDOWS(225Gb) – root(35Gb) – home(200Gb) – EFI. I resized Windows partition to the left (to 200Gb) in Windows 10. I then resized root by live booting to the USB stick I installed Manjaro with. I though I was playing somewhat safe (lol) but I tried to extend root to the newly created space: WINDOWS(200Gb) – root(60Gb) – home(200Gb) – EFI. However the operation crashed halfway through and left the “extended root” to an unknown file system of 60Gb. Tried rebooting and GRUB enters rescue mode after error: unknown filesystem.

Now, why can’t it at least reach the menu where I get to choose boot options (win VS lin)? is that governed by root too? what are my options from there? from what I understand I would need to reboot to USB and reinstall root. I can’t find how to boot that USB. Also is my previous partition unusable? how can I find out? and is it straightforward to reinstall root only from the manjaro installer? Technically home and boot have their own untouched partition. If so, will a simple sudo pacman -Syu reinstall all my packages because traces are left in home?

Well I guess the good news is all my backups were less than 24h fresh haha.

I am RTFM, but I am a little too noob to always understand everything. Plus I need to work on that computer so any help would be greatly appreciated!

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CSGO low fps on Ubuntu 19.10:

Hi guys, i upgraded to 19.10 and my fps dropped dramatically. I can barely get over 80-100 fps on any maps. I really don’t know what to do. And that;s not all, Gnome 3.34 has a bug where if you open CSGO or TF2 the box appears with app is not responding the thing is that you can press wait and it works after. Tf2 does that but csgo not really….. it enters the game and it;s glitchy and just unplayable so i have to open it in windowed mode and go fullscreen. But this is not so bad a little bit annoying but whatever. The thing that is bad is the fps. Do you guys know anything that i can do?

P.S: whenever i am in a call in Discord any game that i play will get frame drops again after the upgrade

SPECS: i5-7400, 1050ti, 8gb RAM, Ubuntu 19.10 (Bought the PC in April), nvidia driver 435

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Coming from Windows…where are all the tools?:

A lot of people around me keep talking about how great Linux is over Windows so I finally decided to dual boot my machine and check it out. I chose Mint using Cinnamon. After getting it up and running, I started to notice a lack of tools available, out of the box, when compared to Windows. Where are things like device manager, computer management, system information, etc? Why are other programs so shallow when compared to Windows? How can I get the kind of insight into Linux that Windows provides? Task Manager, for an example, gives me so much more than System Monitor does. I really feel like I’ve gone back to the stone ages in a lot of ares with Linux. I’m hoping y’all can point me in the right direction so I can get more familiar with the OS.

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Optimus-manager isn’t switching GPUs.:

Using the latest build of optimus-manager on Manjaro KDE, using —switch nvidia logs me out and all that, but keeps me on intel. any advice?

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How would I go about dual booting linux on my current setup?:

I have 1 SSD and 1 HDD, and I’m hoping to dual boot Linux and windows on this setup. I want to partition both devices; I have done so for the hard drive, but I’m kinda hesitant on the SSD because I don’t know if you can partition those. The boot and OS will be on the SSD partition and the files, documents, games and stuff will be on the HDD, or is there something more efficient? Anyway once they’re partitioned, how would I install Manjaro Cinnamon on the extra partitions?

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