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Jasper


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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 06:38    Post_subject:  

johnywhy,

(1) From your comments elsewhere, it is more than likely your hardware is trashed. You might PM Sage requesting advice.

(2) Is your "teamviewer" rated a Wine silver (as opposed to platinum or gold)?

(3) If you really want help (as opposed to recording your sarcastic bitching) just ask 01micko and others pleasantly.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 06:56    Post_subject:  

One thing I'm very curious about JohnyWhy, after reading your plethora of reports in the forum here, it has me wondering whether or not you have ever done an md5sum check of any of the .iso files that you've downloaded?

Not asking sarcastically here - I'm really asking out of genuine curiosity because with all of these problems you've been experiencing across the board like this I'd be so much inclined to believe that you've somehow managed to get corrupted downloads. How each time? I'd love to know that myself! Corrosion of the copper in the ethernet connectors could be one possibility - I actually had this once! ( I have a special cleaning cloth for silver/gold rings which I used on the connectors and it worked a treat. )

If using wifi sometimes if the computer is placed between the broadcast unit and a microwave oven - this can actually cause enough disrruption of bytes for a bad md5sum on the .iso. ( One reason why I dislike wifi because of all the mitigating factors that can cause signal corruption and data loss. )

At any rate JohnyWhy, this is why it is always so very important to make sure to run an md5sum/checksum upon your .iso files and making sure the numbers agree before use.

I hope this has been of some small help.

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johnywhy

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 12:57    Post_subject:  

Thanks for tips, I don't mean to bitch. Just getting frustrated with what seem like endless bugs.

I'm going to check my hardware with UBCD, and will verify my downloads. Will report back to this post.

However, the two possible issues you guys mention (bad hardware, bad downloads) may be the cause of the crash, I think they don't adress other issues I mentioned:

-slickpet failure to log, detect, delete, or re-do incomplete download.
-How do I delete the broken download?
-Shouldn't puppy restart it from halfway point?

Ie, crash recovery. But maybe crash recovery is not puppy's problem. I don't mean that sarcastically, maybe the puppy philosophy is that crashes are likely due to user error, and puppy is not trying to be THAT easy to use that it can recover from user error.

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Jasper


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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 14:11    Post_subject:  

johnywhy,

Use your backup - I remember your response on that subject. Do you?

I repeat, tell us about your teamviewer Wine rating.

With a 30 year background in the computer industry .................
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johnywhy

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 14:36    Post_subject:  

Jasper wrote:
Use your backup

using a backup is helpful when the OS does not have crash-recovery. I think Puppy has some crash-recovery, but not enough to recover from this crash.

I do feel it's reasonable to want slickpet to log, detect, delete, continue, and/or re-do incomplete downloads. I feel using a backup in this case is a "workaround", but that's just me.

Please don't take that as a criticism of Slacko or its devs-- I assume they want to hear about crashes and suggestions.

Jasper wrote:
tell us about your teamviewer Wine rating.

Version 7.0.x TeamViewer Silver on Wine 1.3.34
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=5956

However, I was using TeamViewer "for Linux", which comes bundled with it's own Wine
http://www.webupd8.org/2012/01/teamviewer-7-for-linux-released.html

which might mean:
a) TeamViewer and/or it's bundled wine are possibly tweaked by TeamViewer Inc. for improved compatibility with each other

b) This Teamviewer is possibly less likely to step on Puppy's installed Wine.

Jasper wrote:
it is more than likely your hardware is trashed.

my understanding is that one of puppy's goals is to work with older computers/outdated hardware. Older computer are arguably more likely to have dysfunction. So, i think it would be consistent with Puppy's goals to catch hardware dysfunction without crashing the OS, IMHO.

thanks all for feedback, i appreciate it.

note, i was asked to make my links real links, but i have found that doing so causes the entire post to be hidden. i've seen that for many months on this forum. So, i just tried again and was surprised it worked ok this time.

And i never claimed to have 30 years in the computer industry. You misread.

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Jasper


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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 14:57    Post_subject:  

johnywhy.

-How do I delete the broken download?

Use your backup (best option) or even try Pfind.

If that's what it is ............................. If - If - If - ........................

As explained, highlight the whole link and use then use the URL button.
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johnywhy

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 15:01    Post_subject:  

Jasper wrote:
highlight the whole link and use then use the URL button.


yep, i've been using it correctly. Maybe a browser issue on another puppy i was using.
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johnywhy

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 15:15    Post_subject:  

How do I delete the broken JRE download?
Jasper wrote:
Use your backup (best option) or even try Pfind.

i used find in the console. Is that as good as pfind?

my fix was to manually download jre-1.7u4-i586.pet and install it. slickpet was giving me jre 1.6, which would not help anyway-- the web app i'm using requires 1.7.

Would be helpful if the JRE in slickpet displayed its version number.

i found the slickpet download here:
/initrd/mnt/dev_save

which is the PARENT directory of my puppy frugal install. seems strange for puppy to save stuff outside of the puppy directory. On the other hand, it avoids overloading the PSF. Still, seems like it could run into space or permissions issues up there-- or what if frugal is the top-level dir of the partition? Probably the slickpet devs handle those possible scenarios.

Is there something about my config or partitions that causes slickpet to save outside of the puppy directory?

Would be helpful if slickpet let me choose where to save downloaded files, or automatically purge them when the install is done.

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 15:32    Post_subject:  

"Anybody know where slickpet downloads to? I will try to find..."

Use Pfind.

"This netbook got knocked a few times."

Perhaps Slacko etc. could automatically repair all malfunctions and perhaps any dents as well, if 01micko or BarryK or playdayz or jemimah can only find the time
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johnywhy

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 15:45    Post_subject:  

Jasper wrote:
Perhaps Slacko etc. could automatically repair all malfunctions and perhaps any dents as well, if 01micko or BarryK or playdayz or jemimah can only find the time

Nobody expects that. My netbook has received no more nor fewer knocks than the average portable computer. It does not have any dents, and afaik, it's usb ports are in working order.

That said, my understanding is that one of puppy's goals is to work with older computers/outdated hardware. Older computers are more likely to have hardware dysfunction. So, i think it would be consistent with Puppy's goals to catch hardware dysfunction without crashing the OS, IMHO.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 15:59    Post_subject:  

What do you use your USB ports for? USB1 or USB2?

I only use mine with USB sticks or an external drive and they do not last for ever.

What's your GHz/MHz ?

How much RAM have you?

Do you use a swap file or partition?

How old is your machine and what are its model details?

As previously suggested why not use your profile and signature?
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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 17:30    Post_subject:  

Google Chrome 19 for Slacko

One possible advantage of Chrome (in addition to the speed) is that Flashplayer is built-in so that the external Flashplayer is not needed. I believe that this has solved problems people have had with youtube in Lucid. There has been discussion I read that Adobe will discontinue the Linux version of Flashplayer after 11.2 except for companies that "partner" with Adobe, which I understand that Google is or will

This version is set up so that some options that report to Google are turned off: Under "The Wrench" -> Settings -> Show Advanced Settings -> Privacy one can turn off some options which *might* insure that info is not sent to Google and *might* improve the quickness of the browser.

Additionally, in /usr/bin/google-chrome the command line option --disable-metrics is *in some versions* of Chrome said to turn off the collection of info that would be sent to Google--thereby not sending info and again possibly speeding up the browser. I am not sure if this works in Chrome 19 but the option is present. The browser Iron claims to provide further privacy safeguards but does not include flashplayer.

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Jades

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 17:33    Post_subject:  

johnywhy wrote:
Thanks for tips, I don't mean to bitch. Just getting frustrated with what seem like endless bugs.


If nobody reports problems, nobody knows to fix them. Wink

johnywhy wrote:
-slickpet failure to log, detect, delete, or re-do incomplete download.


Could be worth bringing up as a feature request, not sure how complex getting SlickPet to be able to recognise problems would be, however.

johnywhy wrote:
-How do I delete the broken download?


The download file for Pets on Slickpet is saved to /tmp/ (load the File icon from the desktop, go up one level by clicking the green arrow on the directory window toolbar and then bring up the /tmp/ directory).

SFS files (which I'm assuming your dodgy JRE download is) are saved to /mnt/home - the root directory of the drive or partition in which your save file is located.

johnywhy wrote:
-Shouldn't puppy restart it from halfway point?


Bear in mind that resuming downloads requires both the software and the hosting server to support that feature. Even now a good number of servers don't support resume. That said, it's an excellent potential feature request which could be very useful if it can be implemented.

HTH!

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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 17:54    Post_subject:  

Jasper wrote:
What do you use your USB ports for? USB1 or USB2? I only use mine with USB sticks or an external drive


Me too, and video, audio, and photo devices, and card readers.

Jasper wrote:
swap file or partition?

--not sure, it's a slacko 5.3.3 frugal. Does that tell you?

Jasper wrote:
What's your GHz/MHz ? RAM ? How old , and model details? why not use your profile and signature?

Will do.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2012, 18:02    Post_subject:  

Jades wrote:
If nobody reports problems, nobody knows to fix them. Wink
sho' nuff.

Jades wrote:
Could be worth bringing up as a feature request, not sure how complex getting SlickPet to be able to recognise problems would be, however.
For hardware failures, I'm thinking lower-level, not just slickpet. For interrupted downloads, that's seems a common feature in various places (like firefox). I suppose, a matter of setting a flag someplace that says "download finished". If no flag present, slickpet knows it was interrupted.

Jades wrote:
The download file for Pets on Slickpet is saved to /tmp/.

SFS files are saved to /mnt/home

Which one? Confused.

Jades wrote:
a good number of servers don't support resume. That said, it's an excellent potential feature request which could be very useful.
For servers that do not support resume, then just start over. Currently, neither happens. Could this also be done in the Package Manager?

If possible, please respond to these comments:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=630539#630539
THANKS!

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