• Mothy



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    • in reply to: Where is the memory going? #2584888

      Looks like there is a space missing for the name of the vdi file (from looking at your screenshot above). So the command would be: vboxmanage modifymedium –compact “E:\Virtualbox VMs\win10\Win 10.vdi”

      But keep in mind this command only shrinks the “actual size” of the VDI file and per my steps listed above, ONLY after cleaning up any unused files (ex. temp files), run disk defrag and then run sdelete on the VM to zero out that unused space.

      From the VirtualBox website:


      Compresses disk images by removing blocks that contain only zeroes. This option shrinks a dynamically allocated image and reduces the physical size of the image without affecting the logical size of the virtual disk.

      You can use this option for base images and for differencing images that are created as part of a snapshot.

      Note: Before you compress the image, you must use a suitable software tool to zero out free space in the guest system. For example:

      Windows guests. Run the sdelete -z command.

      Linux guests. Use the zerofree utility, which supports ext2 and ext3 file systems.

      Mac OS X guests. Use the diskutil secureErase freespace 0 / command.”

      Otherwise the “virtual size” is from when the VM was initially created and I don’t think it can be changed without creating a new VM and setting it to what you want, then possibly cloning the existing VDI. But not sure on that as I have never done it so may be best to research the VirtualBox website and forums for more info on it.

      However it sounded like the real issue you were having was high memory use. So not quite sure how shrinking the VDI size is going to help unless free space on the E: drive is getting low and it’s somehow affecting your host operating system as well. But usually the host OS such as Windows would be installed on the C: drive.

    • in reply to: Where is the memory going? #2584883

      The virtual size is what you set when the VM was initially created. I don’t think it can be changed. However the “actual size” of the VDI file can be compressed/shrunk, see the link below for more info.


      Edit: you will need to run Sdelete on the VM. It’s available from Microsoft here: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sdelete

      Below are steps I use to shrink the size of the VDI. Depending on the OS of your host system (ex. Windows or Linux) and the location of your VDI file you will need to adjust the command in step 6.

      1. Clean up temp folders/files on VM
      2. Run Disk Defrag on VM
      3. On the VM, open command prompt as administrator, change directory to location of sdelete
      4. Run command: sdelete.exe c: -z
      5. Shut down VM
      6. Open terminal (command prompt on Windows) and run: vboxmanage modifymedium disk “/home/user/VirtualBox VMs/Win8.1/Win8.1.vdi” –compact

    • in reply to: Where is the memory going? #2584880

      I’m using VirtualBox too for a Windows 8.1 VM although on Linux Mint. But in any case you should be able to adjust the amount of memory that the VM is allowed to use. Shut down the VM first then in VirtualBox Manager click on the name of VM then click settings. Under “System” there should be a slider for “Base memory” or a box to the far right to manually enter the amount.

    • in reply to: Edgebashedon #2584879

      Ha, that description of Edge made me laugh out loud too. But also that the author of the article installed Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome on Linux, two of the biggest proprietary closed source spyware laden web browsers that make constant connections to their respective maker and defeat the purpose of using Linux/open source software.

      Thus why both Edge and Chrome have never set foot on my systems either even when I used Windows (now on Linux Mint). The closest to either I have ever used is Ungoogled Chromium as a secondary web browser, which strips out all Google web service dependencies/connections. Otherwise been using Firefox ESR as my primary web browser tweaked with some tips/tricks from Arkenfox user.js for additional privacy and security.

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    • in reply to: Linux Mint 21.2 #2584762

      Anybody have luck upgrading from LM 21.x to LM 21.2?

      Is it possible to stay at LM 21.1 or better to upgrade to LM 21.2


      I upgraded from 21.1 to 21.2 back in July as I wanted some of the new features. No issues during or after the upgrade. I took a system image first to have something to fall back on if needed (using Macrium via a bootable USB stick that was created when I used Windows 8.1) then booted back into Mint and followed the upgrade instructions.

      Then beginning of August, I decided to wipe the system and did a clean install of 21.2 not because of any issue but because there were some things that I wanted to change and standardize after my first ever install of Linux Mint 21.1 back in December 2022 as well as for the experience of installing/configuring everything again including needed software. The whole process is a lot easier and faster than a clean install of Windows.

      But I digress, as DrBonzo stated there is no need to upgrade unless there is a compelling feature you want since 21.1 is still supported until April 2027.

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    • in reply to: Streaming is an absolute mess #2583817

      I stopped all streaming subscriptions as well as all premium cable channel packages back in 2017 (including Sunday Ticket to watch NFL football games). Since then I rarely even turn the television on anymore except for severe weather coverage in the area or occasionally to watch an older movie on one of the cable channels that is included with the basic package that comes with my apartment rent. But the commercials are annoying and seem more like propaganda now, which they probably always have been I just did not notice it as much before. So instead I tend to use one of my computers (with dual 27″ monitors) to occasionally watch an old movie for free that are often available via non-mainstream video platforms.

      It’s been great to have a lot of extra free time and being more active instead of sitting on the couch so much, not to mention saving a lot of money not paying for all those subscriptions and premium packages anymore. Overall it has helped with being healthier physically and mentally.

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    • in reply to: Your worst Windows 11 irritations — solved! #2583649

      I have not tried to check for updates directly in Firefox (whether Linux or Windows) as I have always set the policy to disable auto-updates in the browser as I want full control over when to apply updates.

      But it’s also because I’m already aware of Mozilla’s release/update schedule via: https://whattrainisitnow.com and will download the latest update as soon as it’s posted to their FTP site, which is often a day or two before it’s available via the update mechanism in the browser itself (from what I have seen on some computers at work that also use Firefox and can check for updates since they do not have the policy set to disable auto-updates).

    • in reply to: Your worst Windows 11 irritations — solved! #2583599

      Yes, that’s windows.  On my Mint I noticed it appears to be gated with the update manager program.

      Yes, software updates are normally delivered via Mint’s official software repository when either manually checking via Update Manager or when it’s set to automatically check for updates. This is to provide a safe and centralized method of obtaining updates for software included with Mint and software installed from the repository (via the Software Manager application).

      However there are various other advanced methods to install software, such as by downloading tar files, deb files or RPM packages directly from a software source. As an example, for Firefox ESR I download the tar.bz2 file directly from Mozilla as soon as the latest version is available, then extract the files and install/update as detailed in my post here.

      However keep in mind that when installing software outside the repository like that future updates will not be displayed in the Update Manager. Instead updates will have to be done either in the application itself (if it supports it) or you need to stay aware of available updates and then download/install them yourself (my preferred method as it provides for the greatest level of control over updating).

      Or for some applications, such as Firefox, they have their own software repository or PPA (Personal Package Archive) that could be added as a software source for Update Manager to check. But I prefer to keep it simple and only use Update Manager for core OS updates and manually check/install updates for the few applications downloaded/installed outside the software repository (ex. Firefox ESR, Ungoogled Chromium, Thunderbird, VirtualBox and Citrix Workspace app/ICA Client).

    • in reply to: Your worst Windows 11 irritations — solved! #2583514

      It’s good that you have the patience to strip out what you don’t want/need and that everything works well for you even with upgrades instead of a clean install. I have also always tweaked and cleaned Windows systems to keep them running lean and mean. But at some point a clean install is needed if you really want to get the best performance (and reliability) from a Windows system. Experience has proven this when comparing upgraded systems versus a clean install. It’s just the nature of Windows and how a lot of cruft builds up over time despite best efforts to clean and optimize everything.

      As to stripping out unwanted features or having to use third party Start menu software, I have lost all patience to deal with any of it anymore, even when Windows 8.1 was my primary OS with Classic/Open Shell. It’s one of many reasons I switched to Linux Mint. Now I no longer have to tweak anything or remove unwanted “features” or worry about updates breaking something/Microsoft changing something or continually trying to keep the system running lean and mean. Linux Mint is already a minimally designed and well optimized system out of the box, and where installing updates have no unexpected changes or need to run any post-update clean up or maintenance tasks. The system has built-in tasks that periodically run that keep things running lean and mean. So there is little need for me to do much of anything other than just use and enjoy the system.

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    • in reply to: Can I install that on that? #2583074

      IMHO if you need to use Wine in order to use Windows applications you are better off just staying with Windows. Or if you have the hardware resources a better option would be to run Windows as a virtual machine in something like VirtualBox. However for gaming that would not work well due to the limited graphics resources in a virtual environment.

      Otherwise it’s better and more secure to use applications that are designed for and run natively on the host operating system (ex. Linux, MacOS, etc.) so they can directly utilize the system hardware as well as the inherent security model of the operating system.

      As an example when I switched from Windows 8.1 to Linux Mint I was able to install and use Linux versions of Firefox ESR, Ungoogled Chromium, Thunderbird, Proton Mail Bridge, KeePass, and Citrix Workspace app (ICA Client). All work as well if not better than they did on Windows. There was only one Windows application, QTranslate that I still have yet to find an equivalent in feature set/functionality for Linux, although Crow Translate is getting better with each release. So I still use Windows 8.1 in a virtual machine (via Virtualbox) in order to use QTranslate.

    • in reply to: Your worst Windows 11 irritations — solved! #2583063

      Start menu replacement software really became needed after Windows 7 when Microsoft tossed the pinnacle of the Windows 95 style start menu/desktop design into the trash. That design was initially created from extensive user feedback and refined over time and is what really helped establish their dominate market position.

      But ever since then it seems Microsoft no longer has many competent UI designers/programmers nor anyone in management who really cares or has much respect for the end user anymore. Now it’s all about controlling your computer and monetizing you via their Windows as a Service (WaaS) model.

      So IMHO using start menu replacement software on such systems (Windows 10/11) is just putting lipstick on a pig. You still have to jump through a bunch of hoops to try to control the computer and minimize Microsoft attempting to monetize you, which only seems to be increasing with Windows 11 and in particular with their Edge web browser.

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    • in reply to: What should you do about Windows 11? #2571096

      Agree, in particular about basic DNS (domain name system) blacklisting such as via a custom hosts file (ex. StevenBlack) which can be used to block known malicious websites (and ad networks) and is considered a major layer of security to protect a system. But the Windows DNS client is not designed to handle a large custom hosts file like that and subsequently will either drastically slow down or will stop responding effectively killing your Internet connection. In comparison this is not a problem in Linux, it can easily use a large blocking hosts file without causing any issues. But it’s also inherently a more securely designed operating system so it does not suffer many of the same security problems as Windows.

    • in reply to: What should you do about Windows 11? #2571088

      I will do the same with Windows 11 as I did with Windows 10, it will never get the privilege to use my hardware as I consider Microsoft’s WaaS (Windows as a Service) an unacceptable model for an operating system. It takes away too much control from me, the administrator of the system and instead gives it to Microsoft who has subsequently only used and abused that control in an attempt to serve their own wants/needs and increasingly to monetize the end user. That should NEVER happen with an operating system! But Microsoft has been able to do it with little impunity due to their monopoly status.

      So I have decided to move on and use Linux Mint instead, an operating system that still respects the end user and provides easy built-in control over the entire system, no need to install third party tools or jump through hoops to try to control anything, and it does not attempt to monetize me in any way what-so-ever. It’s quite refreshing and provides great peace of mind to no longer have to deal with any of Microsoft’s shenanigans or what I refer to now as a “clown show”.

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    • in reply to: Computers need to be on #2570359

      Ever since Windows 2000 I always leave my computers powered on with only the screen set to turn off after 1 hour of inactivity. To protect them from power blips/outages they are connected to high capacity (ex. minimum 1000VA) UPS/battery backup surge protectors as well as they are always connected behind a hardware firewall router for protection from the Internet (blocks all incoming connections).

      However it has never been about keeping the systems updated. Instead it’s about convenience so they can be used at any given moment. Otherwise any kind of automatic updates have always been turned off via built-in options of the OS (which ended after Windows 8.1 but continues now after switching to Linux Mint) and I only update manually when I’m ready to do so. Years of experience has proven that this is the best way to ensure the health of a computer, not Microsoft’s “Windows as a service” clown show!

      Otherwise the only time my systems are rebooted is when required after installing updates, which with Linux Mint now is usually only after a kernel update which does not happen very often. So I tend to only reboot or power off every two months for planned maintenance of opening up the computer case to clean out built up dust.

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    • I’m considered Gen X but I’m not interested in going back before Internet or smartphones existed. To me they are just tools and like many other tools they have been of great benefit. They just need to be used responsibly so you control the tool, not the tool controls you.

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