Tonight marks the 4th eve I've been schooling myself on LM15 Mate 32-bit, and I've a few issues that are annoying me.
I'm running a Pentium 4 @ 2.66, Windows XP Professional w/ a measley 512M of RAM.
Before installing to my HD, I created a USB booter hoping to just play with Mint Live but, for whatever reason(s), I couldn't get that option to work. So, I went ahead and tried installing from the USB and it worked what seemed almost effortlessly. Partitions were created automatically and I was introduced to the Welcome Page and went from there. And, upon restarting the computer, the dual boot menu came up and I easily can click on either XP or Mint. Everything seems to work AOK, but...
1. Whenever I boot into Mint, and forever how long I'm using it, the hard drive access light on the case is always lit - it never ceases. That is not the case, nor ever has been, running XP.
2. Sometimes during the Mint session, loading whatever I click on can take an annoying amount of time coming up - even clicking on "Menu" sometimes can cause a frustrating delay.
3. I cannot remember how many times now Firefox has frozen up on me in Mint - tonight I had 5 or 6 busy tabs opened and it completely froze up on me; finally, I had to unplug the computer, it was so solidly jammed. (FF sometimes jams in XP, but only when I've 15+ busy tabs/windows opened, and it's never froze up so much that I've had to unplug the computer.)
4. In XP, under Control Panel/Add Remove Programs, Linux Mint is shown as a 23GB install! Glancing at the partitions, root takes up 18+Gs and home is using 3+Gs - is that even close to being right? The USB stick shows the same capacities.
5. As I said previously, I let Linux install itself without any disruption from me, so the installation is the default one.
6. One other thing not working is Flash movies not playing correctly; whenever I'm on a page which hosts a Flash player, whether I click it to begin or it begins automatically, the sounds is OK but the visual is totally streaked in lines of greens and reds, etc - it looks like I need to turn the rabbit ears a whole bunch to get a better picture
. I have not installed Flash, but FF's default shows "Shockwave Flash" as an extension - is that the same as the Flash player? Or, do I have to install the Flash player into Mint? Or, do I have some other graphical issue going on not being able to view Flash vids correctly?
I realize the old computer has only 512 of RAM, but I was thinking that Mint would run quicker than XP; should it, or does that little amount of RAM have a lot to do with the annoying issues I'm experiencing? And would having LM15 loaded on the computer as the only OS make any performance diff at all?
Here's the deal: so far, I love the whole concept of Linux and LM15 looks to me to be an excellent choice instead of Windows. I plan on building a computer in the next month or 2 and I'd ideally like to have LM15 as the only OS. The only hesitation I'm having is caused by the annoying issues I mentioned above.
Please school me.
And, thank you.