Lint Minux Notes

Mint Linux problems, issues, bugs, and solutions.

Two-Finger Scrolling

When you scroll with two fingers on the touchpad, the page flies off way up or way down at a high speed when you lift them from the touchpad, making it impossible just to keep your place in a long page, much less try to read it. After studying libinput settings and trying different solutions that were posted to online forums, I still haven't figured out how to stop this stupid behavior. Do Linux developers ever even use Linux?

HDMI

With most computers, I only use HDMI to watch multimedia such as movies or shows. When I plug in HDMI cable for the first time with an installation of Mint, the TV doesn't show what's on the screen. You have to find Mint's display options and check (tick) the "mirror display" option. I think Windows is the same way.

But then the sound doesn't go through the HDMI almost every time, so you have to open a terminal and copy this:

pactl set-card-profile 0 output:hdmi-stereo

You might even need to install pactl first. I can't remember.

When you're done, you may need to set it back with this:

pactl set-card-profile 0 output:analog-stereo

Why doesn't Mint automatically send all of this shit through the HDMI cable? Isn't that what most users would want? Who the hell needs a second desktop area with no sound? Maybe I'm an idiot because I can't imagine how that's useful to the average user. The average user just wants to watch a movie on their TV using the HDMI cable, doesn't he or she?

If you reboot with speakers plugged in, you might need to unplug and replug them to get sound working again.

At least PulseAudio doesn't cause audio skipping like on Debian.

Brightness

My laptop running Mint will not remember the brightness level. Every time Mint is left unattended for a while and is then touched, the screen resets to maximum blinding surface-of-the-Sun brightness. And changing the brightness is clunky as hell. You hold the button for a second to decrease the blinding brightness, and the thing keeps going for 10 seconds until the screen is completely black. Then you press the button to increase brightness, but it's still trying to go down, so you have to wait a few seconds for it to stop, then Mint finally responds to your latest attempts to adjust the brightness. I never had this problem on Debian or Windows. Do Linux developers ever even use Linux?

Auto-Hide Panel Bug

You set the panel to auto-hide, but being buggy, it gets stuck being visible when it should be hiding, so you can't see the last line of the terminal, thus you can't see what you're typing there, making it impossible to use the terminal. xkill will not kill the piece of shit, and there is no process containing the word "panel" or "tray" or "taskbar". I've seen the same bug with panel hiding for many years, and it still hasn't been fixed. Do Linux developers ever use Linux?

Auto-Login

I have my computer set to automatically log me in because I'm the only user. But I install Skype, and now Mint asks for my "keyring password" whenever I boot - whatever the hell that is, I don't know. Apparently, it's my login password. If I don't enter it, Skype doesn't work. But there is no point in automatic logging in when I still have to enter the password. Stupidity.

SIP

I can find no good SIP client on Mint. Ekiga is no apparently longer supported, and Linphone says it can't open port 5060 and that it may be in use, but it's not in use, and I can't find a solution for that.

Obsolete Solutions

Try searching for a solution to a problem you have on Linux and you usually end up with obsolete pages from ten or more years ago full of solutions that don't work. That's mostly Google's fault. Their stupid artificial intelligence doesn't understand that pages from 2003 will usually not provide relevant technical information about Linux in 2019. You have to tell Google every time to only show results from the last year or so.

FlightGear

I installed Flightgear flight simulator on Mint, and the launcher won't even let me select an aircraft. Flightgear is the least efficient bloatware in the world, requiring gigabytes of disk space and taking minutes to load just to simulate a 5-minute flight with unimpressive graphics and a slow frame rate. And now I can't even select an aircraft. I may need to use the command line instead of the FlightGear launcher thingy.

Mednafen

My new favorite emulator in recent years is Mednafen because it lets you emulate many different game consoles, and it works well. I've played Nintendo NES, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Super Nintendo SNES, and Playstation PSX/PS1 games. But the sound crackles, scratches, stutters on most of the Playstation (PSX/PS1) games that I've played. But after years I've discovered that it seems to help somewhat to use an integer multiplier for video, so I figure it's due to CPU usage.

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