Archive for June, 2015

Install HP Print Drivers In Linux Mint

June 15, 2015

DISCLAIMER:  NO COMMAND LINE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED!

So…  You just bought a new Hewlett-Packard printer, took it home, hooked it up to your Linux computer and the damned thing doesn’t work.  WTF?

You installed the HPLIP drivers from the repository.  So why doesn’t it work?

Because the drivers in the official repository are out-of-date.  You bought the latest and greatest printer, but now you need the latest and greatest print drivers.  It’s a simple process that can be done by anyone.

Step One:

Download the latest HP drivers installation file.

HP Print Drivers Installation File

Step Two:

Right-click on the file and select “Properties” from the menu list:

Right-click and select "Properties"

Step Three:

Under the “Permissions” tab, make sure that the “Allow executing file as program” option is checked:

Properties Dialog Box

Click the Close button.

Step Four:

Right-click on the file again and select “Open” from the menu list:

Right-click and select "Open"

Or just double-click on the file.

Step Five:

Select “Run In Terminal” from the dialog box:

Select "Run In Terminal"

Step Six:

Please choose the installation mode (a=automatic*, c=custom, q=quit) : a

Hit the [Enter] key.

Step Seven:

Is “Linux Mint (version number)” your correct distro/OS and version (y=yes*, n=no, q=quite) ? y

[Enter].

Step Eight:

Please enter your sudoer password:

Type in your password and hit [Enter].

Step Nine:

Please read the installation notes.  Press <enter> to continue or ‘q’ to quit:

[Enter].

Step Ten:

Do you want to install missing dependencies (y=yes*, n=no, q=quit) ?  y

[Enter].

Step Eleven:

Do you want to (‘i’=remove and install*, ‘o’=overwrite, ‘q’=Quit)? :i

Your safest option is to remove (uninstall) the old drivers and install the new drives.

[Enter].

Step Twelve:

Do you want to check for HPLIP updates?. (y=yes*, n=no) : y

[Enter].

Step Thirteen:

Restart or re-plug in your printer (r=restart, p=re-plug in*, i=ignore/continue, q=quit) : r

Make sure your printer is plugged in and turned on.

[Enter].

Step Fourteen:

Restart now (y=yes, n=no*, q=quit) ? y

Hit [Enter] and reboot.

You’re done!  The new drivers are installed and your new HP printer should work perfectly.

Upgrading To Windows 10

June 4, 2015

Windows 10 Logo

Wait!

Free upgrades for Windows 7 and 8.1 users to Windows 10 will be available beginning July 29th, 2015.  You may be tempted to be first in line.  Don’t!  Wait at least six months (February 1st, 2016) to do the upgrade.  Giving Microsoft’s developers some time to work the bugs out of the system will save you many headaches and heartaches.

If you are happy with your current version of 7 or 8.1, you can remove the upgrade reminder by simply uninstalling a recent Windows update.  Keep in mind that Windows 7 will be supported until January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023.

You have up to one year to complete your free Windows 10 upgrade.

However, if you just can’t live with Windows 8.1, reserve your upgrade now.  I’ll understand.

Before Upgrading:

Is your computer capable of handling Windows 10?

Does your system meet the minimum requirements necessary to run Windows 10?

The minimum system requirements are just that.  This will allow Windows 10 to run but the performance may not be very smooth.  The cardinal rule is to take the minimum system requirements and double it.

* Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC (System on Chip)

* Processor: 2 gigahertz (GHz) dual-core or faster processor

Windows 10 can run on a single-core processor, but the performance is sluggish.  Even running the 32-bit version in VirtualBox works better when allowed to access two CPU cores.

* RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

* RAM: 2 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 4 GB for 64-bit

The minimum requirement is just to run Windows.  Additional programs (word processor, media player, games, etcetera) also need a fair amount of RAM.

* Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

If you are upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1, your graphics card or chip shouldn’t be an issue.  The drivers, however, may be a problem.

Windows 10 is basically Windows 8.x.  Any drivers loaded in 8.x should be compatible with 10.

Windows 7 software drivers may or may not be compatible with 10.  It’s best to check with your hardware manufacturer for updated Windows 10 drivers before upgrading.

What’s still in Windows 10?

Long-time Windows power users will find some familiar utilities that are still integrated into the newest version of Microsoft’s operating system.

msconfig:

Run msconfig on Windows 10

msconfig dialog box in Windows 10

The Task Manager:

Task Manager in Windows 10

regedit:

regedit on Windows 10

And, believe it or not, a holdover from the dark days of DOS/Windows 3.1x.

sysedit:

sysedit still in Windows 10

Disk Compression:

Disk drive properties in Windows 10

Another holdover from the early days of DOS when hard drives were measured in megabytes, usually 512 or less, compressing the drive was a necessity for some users.  Today, however, relatively cheap multi-terabyte drives has made this feature obsolete.

Missing In Action:

There are a few programs and features that past versions of Windows users may find annoying.  These can be easy replaced or transferred from Windows XP.

Solitaire can be copied and moved.  Spider Solitaire (spider.exe) can be extracted from XP using the same method.

Spider Solitaire from Windows XP running on Windows 10

Spider Solitaire from Windows XP running on Windows 10 (click to enlarge).

The Start Menu will be the biggest disappointment for those moving from XP or 7 to 10.

Windows 10 is a compromise between those who hate Windows 8.x and those who developed the Metro user interface.  The Start Menu is the Metro UI with links to installed programs, apps and functions.

The free solution is to install Classic Shell:

Classic Shell running on Windows 10 (click to enlarge).

Classic Shell running on Windows 10 (click to enlarge).

To remove those ugly shortcut arrows from your desktop icons, use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.  Although this free software was designed for Windows 8, the registry structure of Windows 10 has changed little since its predecessor.

To create an automatic login account, use method one.  This will allow you to undo the automatic login if you should ever change your mind.

 The Bottom Line:

Windows 8.1 users should strongly consider upgrading to Windows 10.

Windows 7 users who are content with their current operating system should not upgrade to Windows 10.  Wait until you need to purchase a new computer before making the switch.

Windows XP users need to buy a new computer as soon as Windows 10 machines become available.

Anyone still running Windows 95, 98, 98SE or ME — what the hell is wrong with you?

Mac users who overpaid for a computer that does less than any other system on the market can rejoice in the fact that they own a useless status symbol.

And finally, Linux users can gloat to their heart’s content since they got it right the first time and don’t have to deal with all of Microsoft’s nonsense!

Update:

According to Ed Bott, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 for free (as of May 26, 2017).

Update (June 12, 2017):

You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you have either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 by going to this Microsoft webpage.