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Old 08-09-2007, 12:15 PM   #1
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Looking for a KDE, .deb based OS where everything works

Seems every KDE, .deb based OS I've tried so far has problems. Mepis the KDE, GTK doesn't work. In Kubuntu 7.04, KDE and GTK worked fine but couldn't get my ATI video card to work properly. Vector Linux just wouldn't install. Is there a .deb KDE based OS out there where everything works or is this just the way Linux is?
Old 08-09-2007, 12:23 PM   #2
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Every computer I have ever owned has has some issue.
Every piece of SW has had some issue.
Every OS has had some issue.
Every car...
Every house....
It's not Linux, it's the whole world.....

In general, jumping to a different distro every time you have an issue is going to get very frustrating.

Having said that, I will confess to not always following my own advice. My Mepis 6.5 stopped printing and I simply bailed out to PCLinuxOS 2007 (which was already installed and partially tested). I'll probably now start testing the Mepis 7 beta---and never know what happened to my 6.5 install. Knowing all the different glitches that can cause such a thing, I really don't care.
Old 08-09-2007, 12:26 PM   #3
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I don't use KDE, but my ATI cards work fine. You probably don't have its drivers installed properly. What kind of card is it anyway. Aimless complaints without suffucuent information isn't very helpful.
Old 08-09-2007, 01:15 PM   #4
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Sorry, it's an ATI Radeon 9550. I went around and around with Mepis trying to get the driver to install with no success. Several on the Mepis forum said, yes, Mepis doesn't work well with ATI, try an Nvidia card. Went to Kubuntu, hoping it would work there and encountered the same problem.

As for every OS having issues, I've never had these kinds of problems with WinXP Pro. I've got all kinds of hardware attached to that machine and the plug and play picked them up right away.
Old 08-09-2007, 01:31 PM   #5
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Why don't you try Debian since you want a .deb based distro?

Regarding the ati card:I hope for your sake that you don't have a Asus K8N mobo.Other than that there are .debs for the ati driver that might/should work fine.

There is some outdated but in some cases still interesting info there:
Old 08-09-2007, 02:30 PM   #6
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The 9550 works with the current ATI drivers ... nothing for you to do but get it right.
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AtiHowTo - Debian Wiki

Debian HOW-TO : ATI drivers

Switching distros every time you have a problem is not the way to go. Figure out what the problem is and learn how to fix it.

ATI drivers are particularly a pain to get working, but they can and will work if you take the time to figure out how to do it.

I would either go with sidux, mint or give PCLinuxOS a try. If all of those fail my suggestion would be to stick with XP until you take the time to learn how linux works and how to fix whatever issues you might have.

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