[Wolves] how to keep linux mint 13 alive a bit longer?

Mark Croft Redditch Linux Mint mark.croft.lug at gmail.com
Sun Feb 21 17:47:59 UTC 2016

i wil he a look at installing the latest version of firefox on mint 13
, it will be when i am left alone with the laptop. I may even install
linx mint 13 in virtual box.

i do not think its a drive corruption problem , i did have a look at
the theme manager that had been added into firefox to give it disney
like apperance from my view and that seemed to be buggy what ever OS i
was running on and deleted and locked the add extentions options in
firefox down so plain version. i will see if can move onto google
chrome which i know a lot bette.

i coming to view that best to let them get on with it and try my best
to fix it when it breaks.


On 19 February 2016 at 11:26, Adam Sweet <adamsweet at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 18/02/16 22:23, Kevanf1 wrote:
>> On 18 February 2016 at 18:21, Mark Croft Redditch Linux Mint
>> <mark.croft.lug at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> hi
>>> how do  i keep a laptop with linux mint 13 keep going? i am having
>>> issues with firefox corrupting its profiles every so often?(i have
>>> made backup of the profile directory/folder and make firefox account
>>> which seems to back up bookmarks n passwords etc)
>>> I can't find out if firefox is still supported on linux mint 13 , is
>>> that the problem really should be upgrading the machine to linux mint
>>> 17.2?
>> I think Mint 13 has been out of support for a long time now.  I am
>> personally running Mint 17.3 and I love it.
> According to the following, Linux Mint 13 has long term support until
> April 2017, which means that there should be updates available:
> http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php
> If it's a Firefox bug, then you won't be only person to have suffered
> from it and it would have been fixed at some point, so updating the
> system *should* resolve it.
> I don't know what Mint's policy with keeping Firefox up to date with new
> versions is but there are plenty of instructions on Google. Some people
> are downloading a tarball from mozilla.org and extracting it. The Linux
> Mint forums might be more help to you in this case.
> Doing a quick Google though, I can't see anyone else complaining about
> Firefox corrupting the profiles on Linux Mint 13 which suggests that
> there's something else going on. My first thought is that the filesystem
> is corrupting or the disk is failing.
> If the filesystem is corrupted, it would get repaired at boot time. I
> don't know Linux Mint well enough to say whether you can see it happen
> at boot time, but booting would take an unusually long time. It's worth
> making sure the owner actually knows how to shut the laptop down
> properly. I've seen some weird issues in my time and it wouldn't
> surprise me to find some people just hold the power button until the
> laptop switches off. With Firefox open, that would corrupt the profile
> eventually.
> With regards to the disk failing, I don't know if Mint has a GUI log
> viewer or a disk utility. Ubuntu has 'System Log' and 'Disks'
> applications. If it has a disk utility, open it and see if there are any
> warnings. If it has a log viewer, open and look for lines which relate
> to 'sda'. If the disk is failing you'll probably see 'I/O error', 'read
> error' or 'Medium Error' messages like:
> Feb  4 12:52:52 somehost kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
> Jul 11 23:52:30 somehost kernel: [   25.552475] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda]  Sense
> Key : Medium Error [current] [descriptor]
> Jul 11 23:52:30 somehost kernel: [   25.552543] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda]  Add.
> Sense: Unrecovered read error - auto reallocate failed
> Jul 11 23:52:30 somehost kernel: [   25.552587] end_request: I/O error,
> If you see any of those errors, it's time to backup and start shopping
> for a new disk, it will die eventually.
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