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Some extra settings and tweaks after install

The following are some optional extra settings and tweaks we have added to our initial install:

Important fixes for laptops:

This fixes laptops hanging if they are remotely rebooted with the lid closed:

On many laptops the reboot command will actually put them to sleep if this is done when the lid is closed (even if suspend when closed is disabled)!

This is obviously a disaster if the laptop is in a remote location.

Instructions to fix this:

sudo vi /etc/systemd/logind.conf

Find the HandleLidSwitch line, uncomment and change to:
HandleLidSwitch=ignore

Reboot to take effect.


Fix to allow checking the charger is connected and check the battery status via ssh:

sudo apt-get install acpi

To view the battery and charging status:
acpi -V
(NOTE capital V)


Unimportant cosmetic changes:

Remove the Mint startup and shutdown logos so that diagnostic info is visible:

sudo vi /etc/default/grub

Change the following line:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
To:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text"

Then:
sudo update-grub


Fix thumbnails not showing for all files in File Manager:

sudo apt-get install tumbler-plugins-extra


Fix the VLC and some other icons being incorrect:

sudo mv /usr/share/icons/Mint-Y/apps apps-old