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Old 03-25-2006, 06:47 PM   #1
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Giving up on Mandriva, but are these problems likely to happen to other distros?

Hello there
I have been using Mandriva 2006.0 for the last 5 or 6 days, and I am sick of it.

The only reason I want to leave this thing right now is because of the technical problems that seemingly appear at random. Yesterday, I managed to get sound to work for Flash movies on the internet. Great! I wake up this morning, and it doesn't work. Neither do my CD-ROM drives for some odd reason. I try the Upgrade feature, incase I accidently deleted something without realising, and then my internet connection wouldn't work! Funny, because I booted up in Knoppix and all was well.

I really don't feel like reinstalling the whole OS if this is likely to keep up, so I am considering buying myself a set of CD-RWs and get some ISOs of SuSE and burn them on in windows (CD-RWs can be used for that, right?). But, is it just Mandriva that is likely to have all these irritating problems, or is this going to happen with Linux in general? Is Mandriva just an unstable distro?

I really hope the answer is "yes, this is likely to be Mandriva being daft", because I love Linux when it does work! It would replace my windows install totally if I could just get it to be stable!

So, basically, am I likely to have the same problems in another distro?
If so, is there anything obvious that could be causing it hardware-wise (incompatabilities)?

To list the failures that I have had:
S-ATA Disk not working at all until Kernel upgrade - but it still doesn't show in the partition manager.
Both DVD/CD-RW drives failed, except that (for some reason) my DVD drive will still play DVDs (???).
Sound support in Flash Player vanishing overnight.
Old 03-25-2006, 07:41 PM   #2
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I can't say it is typical, but I had the same issues with Mandrake 8.0, 9.0 10.0, and 10.1. I moved to FC3 and 4 and then Debian based. After the move to Deb based I haven't looked at anything else. There are a lot of people using Mandrake/Mandriva with no problems, but I suffered the same type things as you. A buddy of mine has stuck with SUSE for years with no problems and wouldn't consider anything else. Kanotix is a decent first time distro as it loaded and worked great on my little girls machine. Multimedia type stuff works well on it for her. That is the joy of all this, try several distros and then stick with what suits you the best. Good luck in your search.
Old 03-25-2006, 08:24 PM   #3
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Mandriva 2006 has some bugs but none of them are major show stoppers. You are using SATA and most distros at the moment have some sort of problem with SATA. You will find that some distros will work fine and others won't, its just part of the game and you have to search until you find one thats right for you.
Old 03-25-2006, 08:32 PM   #4
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I suppose this is one good thing with Linux - freedom of choice. If a distro doesn't work out, you can always try another.
Yes, I will get myself some CDs tomorrow and try out SuSE.
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Sounds like a classic "jumping out of the frying pan into the fire".

If you find you need to move on again, don't treat those 2 distros as typical of Linux.
Old 03-25-2006, 08:47 PM   #6
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Yes, that's why I took the time to ask. I wanted to be sure it wasn't Linux have a problem with my hardware or anything.
I love Linux as an OS, I use it for home use (never cared much for games), so it spends most of it's time on the internet and playing music and DVDs. As soon as I find a distro that likes my hardware, I am sticking with it.
Old 03-25-2006, 09:38 PM   #7
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u should look at simplyMepis it has java and flash and most of the codecs and stuff for music and vids.install is very easy.


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