I appear to have mislaid my Ubuntu flash drive

@Asylum (46806)
Manchester, England
January 7, 2017 8:42am CST
Since the introduction of Windows 10, I have been unable to play videos on my laptop. This applies to both Youtube displays and files stored on my computer. It is only the laptop that has this issue and the desktop displays them effortlessly. After spending some time trying to solve this problem I finally realised that it is a graphics driver issue. The graphics chip on the laptop does not have Windows 10 drivers, whereas the graphics card in my desktop does. It is only while on holiday that I have use for this feature, so I circumvent the issue by carrying a Live Ubuntu USB flash drive. This allows me to reboot into Ubuntu and play a video. Somehow I seem to have misplaced the flash drive, which is nowhere to be found. Today I had to go out and buy a new flash drive, so I will make another Ubuntu drive today. It is a fairly simple process, but annoying to think that I will eventually stumble across the old flash drive by accident.
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@pgntwo (21437)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 Jan
Perhaps the old Ubuntu drive stayed in Spain since you last had it with you on holiday...?
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
That could be true because it would prefer Spain to Manchester.
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@pgntwo (21437)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 Jan
@Asylum The plane from Spain carried Barry Ubuntuless. At least they are not too costly these days... Flash drives or Spanish holidays, come to think of it.
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@topffer (29915)
• France
7 Jan
@pgntwo Thinking about it, I have 2 Linux flash drives, and one is missing, but it is certainly in a drawer in the house, as I have not spent holidays in Spain.
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@DianneN (57241)
• United States
7 Jan
It's exasperating when that happens!
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
It was today because I had an issue with the new drive. Fortunately I have solved that problem.
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@DianneN (57241)
• United States
11 Jan
@Asylum Wonderful!
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
11 Jan
@DianneN It eventually became a problem because the installation ran slow, which I suspect is related to my using a USB3 drive. I decided to install VLC player instead.
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@topffer (29915)
• France
7 Jan
The number of hardware not having drivers for Windows 10 is impressive. I bought recently a second hand Epson scanner for peanuts because of a big warning : "Not compatible with Windows 10". It works perfectly with Slackware with the firmware available from Epson.
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
Since you are using Linux drivers are rarely a problem. The main reason that manufacturers cease releasing updated drivers issue to persuade people to buy new graphics cards or sound cards etcetera. Linux developers are not so mercenary.
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@topffer (29915)
• France
7 Jan
@Asylum Drivers are at kernel level in Linux and some distros are better than others. Compiling a loadable kernel module is not that easy, and the best to do is to try several Linux if a device is not recognized : it will perhaps work with another flavor of Linux, or with a previous version. There is only 1 Windows 10, but there are hundreds of distros of Linux.
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
@topffer Very true, whereas I use Ubuntu when I run Linux, which tends to be appropriate for most personal computer hardware.
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@Corbin5 (78610)
• United States
7 Jan
Yes, you just may have two Ubuntu drives if you find the one that has gone missing.
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
I can always reformat one and use it for the television, so it will not be a complete loss.
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@Corbin5 (78610)
• United States
7 Jan
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@moffittjc (34366)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Jan
I'm so glad I use Apple products so I don't have these sort of issues! haha I hope you are able to work everything out. Wouldn't want you to miss out on watching videos while you are on holiday!
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
I often take several television shows or films to watch in the evenings.
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@moffittjc (34366)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Jan
@Asylum You should be watching the beautiful sunsets, then enjoying a nice dinner, followed by a vibrant evening on the town! You should save the video watching for those rainy days in Manchester!
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
@moffittjc There are not enough videos for Manchester rainy days.
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• New Delhi, India
7 Jan
Even I have windows 10 in my new laptop...I'm facing some problems with it also
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
This is the only issue that I have, but it seems to be caused by the laptop manufacturer failing to update drivers.
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• New Delhi, India
7 Jan
@Asylum I really hope all sets well..
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
@amitkokiladitya It should certainly not be a problem.
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@JudyEv (96670)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan
Windows 10 has caused a few problems here too - mostly because it doesn't recognise any of our three printers. So we've had to buy a new one and we've now - at long last - been able to give away three printers for free. It was impossible to get even a few dollars for them.
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
8 Jan
That is surprising because it would usually run most printers with generic drivers, albeit without many added features.
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@JudyEv (96670)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan
@Asylum We went googling all over the place trying to get it sorted but in the finish we bought a new one.
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@rebelann (30931)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Jan
Isn't that the way of things, to disappear when needed only to show up after a new item has been bought.
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
Sadly yes, what a naughty flash drive hiding when I need it.
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@rebelann (30931)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Jan
Well you could put it on your key chain @Asylum right?
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@garymarsh6 (12100)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan
I know you will have it sorted soon. Good luck and hope you get to watch you tube!
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
11 Jan
It is not YouTube that I wanted to watch. I have a lot of television programmes.
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@Bluedoll (17074)
• Canada
7 Jan
You are going to love this page. It is a start. There are other pages for all those lonely nights when we feel there is nothing we would rather do than help some poor soul who can't get their device working. - yours truly, happy windows developer
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@Asylum (46806)
• Manchester, England
7 Jan
I must confess that I never considered writing my own drivers.
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