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    NewPenguin: Gecko Calamares will not show auto partition options

    Hi Paul, thanks for reporting back. Glad you figured it out! And yes, I recently ran into a similar issue on a friend's Dell Latitude. Surprisingly bad Linux support out of the box.
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    NewPenguin: Gecko Calamares will not show auto partition options

    Hi there @pavl , if you could open Gparted and post a screenshot that would help. The nvme SSD shouldn't post any problems (although sometimes the disk mode needs to be changed in the BIOS or else Linux can't see the disk at all). But if it's a standard OEM Windows installation it probably has...
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    NewPenguin: Gecko Calamares will not show auto partition options

    Oops, sorry for the late reply, I just now saw this. @KGIII Thanks for the ping. @pavl Yes, there are quite a few factors that Calamares takes into account to offer you different installation options. The most automatic/easy options that could appear (apart from nuke'n'pave the disk) are...
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    Hey Chris, Yep, TestDisk installed and worked perfectly for me on the GeckoLinux live USB that I used to recover the system. As a matter of fact my friend would have lost their entire digital life and possibly their business if it weren't for TestDisk. It's an impressive piece of software. I...
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    Hi there! Yes, that's correct. Really can't make sense of what happened, but it was surely a catastrophic hardware fault, and therefore it can't be trusted anymore. Thanks for the Timeshift suggestion, looks good. Would you recommend using it with Btrfs, or is the rsync fallback good enough?
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    Well, I can't make any sense of it. Ran the memtest live USB all day, and no errors found. Also ran an extended test on the SSD, and no problems reported. I sent the computer back to my friend and told them to not trust it, and I'll be helping them with a frequent data backup strategy.
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    @KGIII Ahhh, thanks for that link, I didn't know there was a commercial version. This one is successfully running on the affected laptop. I'll report back with the results...
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    @KGIII Makes sense. I just sort of lost confidence in memtest86+ from the amount of Google hits for "memtest86+ stuck". The usual response is that it doesn't work well with EFI systems. But maybe all those users reporting the problem also had bad RAM. ;-) I'm currently testing this userspace...
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    OK, so with TestDisk I was able to pull off most of the data and even restore the backup superblock to make the filesystem mountable and bootable again. It seems to work fine. But... memtest always freezes. I tried it first with the installed Ubuntu 20.04 memtest in GRUB. I read somewhere that...
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    @f33dm3bits debugfs, thanks, I'll look into it.
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    @Condobloke Hi, thanks for the reply! Nope, they definitely didn't have any backups, but I'm sure they'll start now once they have a squeaky clean new system up and running! ;-P @wizardfromoz Hi there! Good to hear from you. That will be the next step. }:) Photorec is actually a bit of a...
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    Complete filesystem failure, S.M.A.R.T report OK

    Hi there, a friend contacted me with a Thinkpad T440 laptop that was running the latest Ubuntu LTS. They closed the lid (presumably went into hibernation) and came back a little while later and opened it to find a GRUB rescue command line with "unknown filesystem". Before that they were just...
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    Hello from the GeckoLinux creator

    @Lord Boltar Ah, interesting. I simply added a note to the documentation to not use Rufus, basically on Windows Etcher seems to be the best option right now.
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    Hello from the GeckoLinux creator

    @Lord Boltar Hi there, nice to meet you! Best wishes for you and your distro. GeckoLinux also has USB persistence (thanks to the Kiwi tool that is used to create it). But as a side effect of that have you had any issues with users trying certain Windows USB creation tools like Rufus that create...
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    Hello from the GeckoLinux creator

    Yep, I also learned so much with SUSE Studio, and it was so fast and easy for experimenting. I agree that the replacement is sorely lacking. Worst of all, the replacement doesn't allow for adding external repos that aren't in OBS, so it's a no-go for GeckoLinux, which is built with some Packman...
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    Hello from the GeckoLinux creator

    Hi, thanks very much! Let me know how it works if you give it a shot. And yes, I read Dedoimedo's openSUSE review, that was pretty dismal. Even for me being well aware of the idiosyncrasies of openSUSE it seems like he had an abnormally rough experience with it. Yes, SUSE Studio. Truly amazing...
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    Hello from the GeckoLinux creator

    @f33dm3bits I think I've been spoiled by my Thinkpad T530. I bought it refurbished directly from Lenovo at a great price. The keyboard is spectacular (centered, no numpad), it has dedicated volume and mute buttons that don't interfere with the function keys, the screen is absolutely superb, and...
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    Hello from the GeckoLinux creator

    @wizardfromoz Hey there, thanks a lot! And my complements to you, you're a truly classy moderator. I maintain and moderate a large forum myself (outside of the field of Linux), so I know a good moderator when I see one. Takes real skill and requires a big heart sometimes to maintain order and...
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    False positive? linuxtracker.org running cryptominer in visitor's browsers?

    > maybe some java script running in the source of the page that tries to use part of your computing power for cryptocurrency Right, this is what it appears to be. I just wonder if it's intentional, or if they got compromised and it was secretly inserted?
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