Sorry took this long to get back to you -- away from computer most of day today.PLEASE NOTE:
I edited one of my previous posts. I had Mint 14 Xfce
on the HP dv6000, not 13.
chroma601 wrote:My next question is 100% newbie - is Cinnamon a desktop environment? If so, is changing to xfce a big deal (re-installing from scratch)? If I can't stop the freezes I have to try something else. I think I'd like Cinnamon, but there are apparently issues with my hardware.
Like you, while Cinnamon was working I was impressed and liked it. However, the random freezing is definitely a show-stopper. Yes, Cinnamon is a desktop environment (DE). From what I've read before, you CAN just add another DE to your current installation -- then at the login screen you can choose which one to load. I have not done that myself, but I'll try it on my HP laptop so I can give you more specific details. (Will do it within next couple of hours and post back.)
chroma601 wrote:This is strange. I followed this pathway, opened System Settings, saw Hardware - but there's no icon for Display! Got System Info, Mouse, Net, Bluetooth, Power, Sound, Printers, and Device Drivers. Are there different versions of 15?
EDIT - Found Displays as a standalone item. Very slow to load.
Sorry, no idea why mine was different. Unfortunately, my only experience with Cinnamon has been over the past few days testing it on the HP laptop; so don't have any great insight on that.
chroma601 wrote:Looking at the Xfce download page, it notes:
Boot hangs on systems using b43 wireless cards
An upstream issue in the kernel prevents Linux Mint 13 from booting on computers with b43 wireless cards. If you're in this situation, try the following:
To boot the live DVD, choose the "Compatibility mode" or add the following kernel argument to the boot options: b43.blacklist=yes
Install Linux Mint on the hard drive
If not present already, in Grub, modify the boot options to add: b43.blacklist=yes
Install the b43 firmware on the system
I have to admit, I never bothered to read those notes on the download page. That may be the case for Mint 13. However, I had not problem with HP Pavilion dv6000 installing Mint 14 Xfce -- using ethernet cable. After install and initial updates, I installed the Nvidia graphics driver and the Broadcom wireless driver. Never had any problems after that -- it worked perfectly. (Mint 14 is supported through April of 2014, when next LTS is due out.)
If you haven't already done something else with your system, hold on for a few more hours while I test out adding Xfce to Cinnamon. If that can be done painlessly, then that would be the thing to do if you'd rather not go through starting from scratch again. Also, this way you won't have to bother installing the Nvidia and Broadcom drivers again -- you already did that on Cinnamon (if I remember correctly, right?).
In the meantime, if you search this forum you'll find posts that describe how to add a new desktop environment, how to choose "Compatibility Mode", how to modify grub boot options, etc. Hopefully you won't have to bother with any of that, but you may want to look them up to gain a better understanding of what those things are.