arjay wrote:Thanks for the interest folks. Well, I have tried a couple more things. I burnt a new CD and re-installed. Still get both problems - device icons won't display on the desktop unless I first use the system menu, find a volume and open it; and also the PC just won't shut down cleanly. The screen goes blank and nothing else happens. Evrything is locked - can't Alt F1 or or Cntl-Alt-Backspace - nada.
I have looked at dmesg but there is nothing much untoward there. I see from googling that ubuntu forums have a substantial number of posts about the shut down problem. I have tried some of the solutions suggested there but no joy.
I'll probably go back to SimpyMepis 7.0. I never had these sort of issues with Mepis even though it is based on Ubuntu now - it was one of the most stable distros I've tried. I just "fancied a change" as they say. Pity, because I like some of the mint innovations around adding and removing software. I might just try the gnome version of mint and see if I get the same problems (although I have never been fond of gnome). How easy is it to install gnome over kde I wonder? That would save me a complete reinstall.
EDIT: Don't worry about my question re gnome. I am going to download elyssa beta and try it on a spare machine I have...
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