Since you know that Linux is so easy, tell me the following (because that is my current problem):
PS: I can Google the web myself. I need advice from an expert.How do you extend the casper-rw file beyond 4GB on a Mint Petra bootable flash drive without messing up the Grub.
the Btrfs file system allows zillions of bytes both for directory and individual file sizes (and can span disks too).
Not sure if your distro allows Btrfs - but that might be a solution -- I posted elsewhere about creating a "portable" windows system using Linux as "Host" and running Windows as a VM. The Distro I'm using (Opensuse) - I chose the Btrfs file system.
If you set GRUB to write to the MBR of your flash drive and write its boot code to a separate /boot partition on the external device you should be able to copy your file system to a temporary backup device, create a larger size partition, copy your data back and then you'll have to re-install GRUB again.
I can't see any way of adjusting the partition size without re-installing GRUB. - I've tried imaging via ACRONIS (it handles Linux partitions too) and restoring to larger partitions but invariably I've had to re-install grub again to make the system bootable. No big deal really.
Whether Linux or Windows --ALWAYS backup your system before messing around with it if it's got important data etc on it.
ACRONIS works fine for Linux partitions too - the stand alone bootable version -- but for Linux if you have nothing else good old TAR still works !!! Tar everything from / (top level) downwards.
For adjusting Partition sizes use GPARTED (also bootable from USB stick). Adjust the Linux partitions to suit - but you will need to re-install GRUB again in most cases.
Thanks Jimbo. I have no imaging problem. I use this program. Works very well. My problem is the Grub. I just can't find an easy method to fix it when it is corrupted. The corruption happens all the time when I want to resize the casper-rw pool file which is unfortunately only 4GB at the outset. But I have USB sticks up to 120GB that are all empty - just the bit of Mint and the 4GBs.
I can recreate a Mint stick in minutes and a full system setup takes me less than 1 hour. But I have to find a way to increase the size of the pool file without messing up the Grub because I still don't know how to fix it. With a 4GB pool file I cannot put a lot of my files on it - e.g. my videos.
the easiest way is probably
1) run GPARTED to create partitions --use existing system or live cd
2) use DD to copy partitions to new drive (use console / sudo) DD if=/dev/sda1 DD if=/dev/sda2 etc --will take a while.
3) create new UUID for partitions on new drive
sudo blkid finds existing UUID
uuidgen to generate new uuid
assign to partition -- either gparted or tune2fs
Now grub can be updated correctly
(most GRUB's on newish distros rely on the partition UUID these days).
Thanks Jimbo. Let me see what I can do with that. Mine is UUID also.
The Power/Lock button + Windows key works on mine. It should work on yours, for it's WP8. The model shouldn't have anything to do with it. I don't think installation of any app should eliminate that feature.
I find it difficult to hit both keys at the same time, although the wallet case I have sticks over the edge of the phone a bit and wide muscular construction-callused fingers don't help the cause.
First of all I can't believe that they didn't integrate a free Media Player App for the Metro Interface instead of that clunky video App. Instead you're stuck switching back to Desktop mode to open WMP. I installed the VLC App but once again the interface was clunky and I had to install a separate VLC player for the Desktop mode and when I try to ''Open With'' it now list both VLC players without any mention of which interface it's for.
Welcome to Windows EightForums, Blazergamer.
I see on your thread where you were asking guidance on a laptop you opted for an Acer Aspire V5 series Ultrabook. Nice choice!
Instead of one media player for both types of media they have separated them into two separate Xbox apps; One for Music and one for video. I think it to be easier to organize that way. e.g. I don’t go to a movie theater to see a music concert. Of course, as you mentioned, there is the traditional WMP for the Desktop portal if one chooses to go that route, which would be more like an arena.
I can understand your frustration by right clicking on a file and getting two VLCs listed, but is that MS’s fault that VLC named both programs the same? VLC desktop has been around awhile, so at least you would think they would have named the Store app version something like VLC2, or VLCM for Modern, VLCII, or whatever. Sounds to me like VLC didn’t think that through.
Does “clunky’ mean different from what you’re used to? I find the Store apps absolutely pleasant to use. Being linked to their Charms bar they go way beyond the legacy Win32 programs.