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Old 08-20-2015, 09:14 AM   #16
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Make sure you are md5sum checking your downloaded isos before burning.

I get corrupted isos myself sometimes because of my ISP provider server likes to drop out on big downloads.

I only mention this. Because you are having way more trouble than I did when I 1st got into using computers.
I went straight into using Puppy on a Pentium 1 with 94MB of ram. Windows 95 was not cutting the mustard for me on dial up then.

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Old 08-20-2015, 09:58 AM   #17
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Yea, I know what your saying. And I have used Puppy in the past as I had an old old laptop that would not even run Xp very well. Puppy is a cool little Linux Distro. Thanks for the heads up on that. I am working on a Linux Distro called Ultimate Edition 3.8 and it is based on Ubuntu 13.04 Mate 1.6 Everything is great but I need to update the Kernel to something above 3.14 so that my sound card will work. I get that going and I will be set.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 12:40 AM   #18
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Well my journey has given me a lot of new info and learning.

I have had the chance to try several different Distro's and in my journey I found that my main set back was my sound card. It is a Asus Xonar DG w/Headphone amp. It's a great card with good sound and I really did not want to lose it.

But all Distro's with a kernel lower than 3.14 would not support it. Also it seems that many newer Distro's including the latest Linux Mint will simply not run the card.

My next big want was to use Mate as a desktop as I really like that style and have tried the Cinnamon desktop and KDE and did not care for either.

I found that the latest Mint was severely lacking in many aspects. It felt like I had gone back in time 10 years in development. I think the problem is they are trying to make it bullet proof for newbies but even a newbie needs to control how long the screen saver waits till it activates. This was missing along with many other things. Another big issue with Mint was that the wireless would simply not work. It would continue to ask me my password over and over again and would not connect. After careful searching I found that this is a bigger issue with Mint and is well documented. There are some work arounds but in the end I feel they should have worked this out before putting it out there for major consumption as it was an issue in the version before that also.

But anyway I have found the best of both worlds (I think) with Ultimate Edition 4.4 running (Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn tree)Environment : Mate 1.8.1

This gives me a newer Distro with Mate desktop and a newer kernel to run my sound card. I am downloading it tonight and will give it a whirl tomorrow after work. Fingers crossed.

Ultimate Edition is quite the Distro and I simply love what themahn has done so far. I'm a big eye candy fan and he does not disappoint. I really love a dark theme, and there are many to choose from that blow the door off of regular themes in most of the distro's I have tried. It makes the jump to Linux more pleasing.

I know, probably the least of the things most folks are interested in, but for me it's another plus in the many things that make it a great Distro.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 10:34 PM   #19
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Well, Ultimate Edition 4.4 was a flop. First and foremost was that Mate 1.8.1 is not the mate I remember at all. Simply a new beast. Second was the fact that even though it was a newer kernel it still would not run my sound card. It had the same set up for sound settings that 3 or four others had and it simply will not run my card. It's funny that the only Distro so far that has been able to run my sound card was Ultimate Edition 4.3 Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Thar tree with KDE. Seems the KDE has a different type of set up and it allows me to get the card running though it takes some steps.

So then I tried the new Slackware. Someone mentioned that it requires a bit more Linux knowledge and they are right. I was not even able to load it as it does not even have a graphical program for install. It's just simply out of my league. Wish I had some local friends that knew Linux. Would be a lot easier.

I have to say that Ultimate 4.4 was a big let down.

This has been a very frustrating time for me. I have tried like the dickens to get subscribed to the Ultimate Forums so I could talk to some of the guys that are using this everyday but even after opening two different emails and trying to subscribe three times I cannot get them to send me confirmation email. I even tried emailing the board administrator but his email address is not working and it comes back every time.

Sigh, well, not sure what I will do at this time. Will have to think about it. Thanks all for all your suggestions and help.
 
Old 08-23-2015, 07:26 PM   #20
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Smile This is a repeat of my other post just to fill in the gaps

I finally did it. I downloaded the right version of Ultimate Edition 4.2 Release Base: debootstrapped (Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Thar tree)
Environment(s): Mate 1.8.0

It turns out that the 4.4 was a complete disaster. Mate 1.8.1 was completely different than anything I had ever seen and it simple sucked. On top of that still could not get my sound card or wifi to work with it.

So when I first got 4.2 going of course the wifi worked out of the box but the sound card did not, but it was exactly what I was looking for. So I did some research and found out that the kernel was 3.13 Only one point off. Go figure. So I did some digging and it just happens that someone else on the Ultimate forum had asked this very same question about updating to a newer kernel 3.17 or something close to that and they laid out all the directions on how to do it. Well I'm pretty new to even basic terminal speech and it took me about ten tries before I got it right. It turns out that because I am booting off a thumb drive my tmp file was in a different place. So I got schooled on a bit of new terminal terminology. After upgrading the kernel it took a bit but finally I got sound. You can imagine how ecstatic I was about this. So then I tried to get online and found out my wifi was no longer working. Ahh the trials and tribulations of Linux. I remember all the patience I had to learn when first learning Windows Anyway, did some more research and found out that this is a major issue with the newer kernels and they still have not fixed it as far as I know. But I did find some work arounds and eventually I got it back up and running. So now I have a fully functional LTE Linux Distro on my thumb drive. I even figured out how to install Pale Moon and today I'm going to work on the profile restore. If all goes well then I will consider doing a dual boot on my XP SSD drive. Right now it's sooooo slow on that thumb drive but if I put it on the SSD then it's gonna fly. 8-) Well I'll update when I make some more progress. By the way, did everyone take the weekend off? I have not heard from anyone in over two days. Hmmmm
 
Old 08-24-2015, 02:25 AM   #21
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Just a quick update. I did manage to get Ultimate 4.2 on my SSD and all went very well. Sound card and wifi work. Wifi took about two hours to work out. But here I am writing on Linux. Very happy and this thing is smoking fast. Thanks to all that pitched in.
 
  


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