im new to the linux operating systems, i have dell inspiron 1545 laptop with no os installed, recently i downloaded and installed ubuntu 11.10 32bit on it and started to have problems just right after finishing the updates, when i try to shut it down it restarts, when i try to connect to my wireless network it doesnt connect, when i try to edit my account preferences like automatic login but it doesnt work, the lock icon dimmed, i tried all suggestions around the net and the terminal stuff but nothing worked, then i said ok lets try linux mint 12 64bit "as mint sounds fresher than ubuntu lol" but after installing it i found out it has exactly the same problems.
so what is the problem?
is it my dell laptop that doesnt like the linux os's ?
or the linux os's got some common and permanent issues in them ?
are there real solutions for these issues?