I have never installed any distribution of linux
With the impending farewell of xp I was looking for a cheap alternitive (like free) to the Microsoft upgrade path. I have been doing computer service since the early 90's but only in the M$ relm so I am really comfortable tweaking Microsoft software.
I Installed zorin and had graphical problems with it as well
I just installed ubuntu 13.10 I saw no problems durring install
The system post's and boots to the default desktop picture only!
I can change it with R-click
I created a folder and it is on the desktop.
I can open a term Ctrl-Alt-T
I went online and figured out how to launch firefox
this is what it said
but the window came up that is how I am posting
(process:3095): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion 'sys_page_size == 0' failed
I did this
It said I did not have gksu and how to install it so I did that.
I really don't know what I am doing but i am patient and can read English (lol)
I noticed when I closed the Term window that the program that I launched goes bye bye so I asume that is how linux works it is just hidden form the end user.
here is the data from gksu lshw-gtk
I also got this after reading the absolute begginer forum sticky since I fugure it it some kind of video problem since both Zorin and 13.10 had issues.
product: Dimension 2350
vendor: Dell Computer Corporation
width: 32 bits
SMBIOS version 2.3,
DMI version 2.3,
SMP specification v1.4,
Zorin did show a GUI menu but it was incomplete no Max Min Close buttons
I know there is a intel video driver I have not tried anything with that
lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation
82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 03)
since it is not working without the driver and when I installed it in Zorin it did not help.
(or maybe it did not install?)
I hope some one can help me I will try anything since I am a noob.
I have no data on this machine other than the ubuntu os so if it toast'ed no biggie
I have run ubuntu 13.10 from the cd on my normal computer and it is way fast compared to my xp,vist,7 OS's
So I am at your mercy but I learn fast and would help other's once I learn stuff.