Man this really sucks. It's hard to maintain excitement about something when it won't work right from step one. I found out on my own that it's not broken hardware, it's a known issue that whoever created the distro CBA about fixing and putting out a fixed .ISO. So I followed the directions to take out the slideshow and it let me install the OS. Then I learn that I don't have graphics with it, I have to make that work.
At this point, I should point out how lucky I am that I have a second computer that I can boot into and get on the Internet. Okay, first I had to know how to fix that
problem. But then I got the wireless to work. And it is 26F outside right now, so I am able to actually use this second computer (this particular issue is mine - the fan exploded and so I can only use it outside in the snow/ice) to ask for help with the desktop.
I hate to think of all the prospective Mint users who don't have either the computer that whoever created Mint happened to have when he/she created it (I'm assuming that THAT computer works fine with no issues) or another working computer available with which to search and ask for help, btw. Those poor souls probably went back to Microsoft OS and, seeing as how that one tends to work on whatever computer one installs it on, they probably feel that it's the best OS - since it works.
But me, I want linux. So I keep muddling through. And every solution... Is nothing but yet another problem.
I found this thread:viewtopic.php?f=42&t=102602
And tried to follow the directions in post #... well, this site doesn't number posts in a thread. But it's the long post with the directions which mention something about that way working without having to downgrade X. It might be the last one, IDK. Got to keep taking my glove off to use the mouse pad and it's cold out here, just trying to type is turning out to be an exercise in frustration (apologies).
Anyway, as that post instructed, I tried to install ppa-purge from https:launchpad.net/ppa-purge/ - but nowhere on that screen do I see any way to do that! It even says right there on the screen something about no files being associated with that page.
I thought, "Maybe it is already installed in Mint?" So I went to a terminal and typed it. No, it's not, but at least it told me that I can install it by typing something. So I did.
It tells me to install linux-source and linux-headers-generic. That part went okay.
It tells me to download driver from nVidia and to place the file into /home. I don't know what the person meant; sometimes I see that and it means /home. Other times I see it and it means my home directory, which ought to be written as /home/username but people don't for some reason which means that people like me who don't know tech and our ESP isn't so hot either have to flip a coin and hope we guessed correctly. I think I put it in my home directory. Well, actually it was in /home/username/Downloads so I copied it. Speaking of exercises in frustration, lol, I nearly gave up at that point because no matter how many times I held down CTRL, left-clicked-hold-down-button on the file, moved my cursor to the other directory, and let go... It wouldn't copy it! First it kept trying to select a bunch of files when I moved my cursor. I finally figured out that I had to click on the file as a separate action. Then hold down the CTRL button, left-click-and-hold on the file, and it would let me move the representation of it with my mouse cursor - only, you know, it wouldn't actually copy the thing(!!!ARGH!!!). So, finally, I treated it as a piece of text in Gedit; I right-clicked on the file, selected copy, then went to the directory where I wanted the copy, right-clicked, and... Oh, wait. First, I had to left-click on a blank spot because it kept assuming that I was wanting to do something to /home/username directory (the only entry in /home at that point). So... Intuitiveness, meet linux - and run, screaming, into the night. Okay, so I figured out to left-click on the open blank area. THEN I could right-click and select paste. It looks
like I have successfully copied the file. I hope that I didn't just create a shortcut to it. To be honest, I don't know one way or the other - because the helpful directions just said to put it in /home. Well, I hope that I did; it looks
like I did, I have two things in /home now: /username (my home(??? IDK why there are two different "home" definitions, it seems kind of important to know confused people are talking about with stuff like this, and I don't so I guess I'm left with just hoping that when I flipped that coin and tails appeared... that I was right when I read /home to be /home and not /home/username which if you ask me they'd have stated if that's what they meant, but... ARGH!!!!!!!!!!
So I copied the nvidia driver file. I think. Maybe. To the directory that the person meant in the directions. I think. Maybe.
It says to type sudo chmod a+x NVIDIA-file_name.run
I did so, but it didn't tell me anything, just gave me another prompt. Does that mean it did it? Or that it didn't do it? Usually if I type someone's directions into terminal and screw it up, it tells me something. But when I type someone's directions into terminal and DON'T screw it up... it tells me something. So... I... don't... know.
Then it says to boot into recovery console terminal thing. Okay there. I think. Maybe. It asked me for my password for maintainence. I didn't know if it meant if I gave it my password it would perform some sort of maintainence (what kind? Again, I don't have a CLUE because it doesn't say, it's speaking geek again!) - or if it meant that it would let ME perform some sort of maintainence. I... I guess that is what I am trying to do, sort of? So I hoped that was what it meant and typed in my password.
I think that's when I got a terminal prompt. So... that's good?
It says to type mount -o remount.rw /
into that terminal window. It gave me some text this time - but it was an error. Something about my partition is already mounted, I think. So I should have gave up and set my computer out for the trash man but it's not trash night so I kept on trying...
It says to type sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
and add line at end: blacklist nouveau
which I did. Then it says to save the file. It doesn't say how to do it. I finally figured out that I am supposed to use the CTRL button to get those menu(???) choices. Might have been helpful to include that little piece of secret knowledge for us regular people, but why start now, lofl? Anyway, I figured that one out on my own (finally). So I hit the CTRL button along with the letter for saving the file. Err... I think. It has an option for writeback or somesuch. The only thing computerese I ever heard like that is loopback. I don't think I want to mess with my wireless, so I hope they are not related. But it's got "write" in it, and that's the only place I see that. I don't see "save" anywhere. So I cross my fingers, my toes, my eyes... And try that.
At which point, the thing informs me that it's read-only.
But... I am playing the ROOT character in this frustrating game!!! Root cannot write files now? And I need to write this one.
There's even more directions in that post I linked the thread of up above^. But I have learned with linux that when you're trying to follow totally non-intuitive directions in an already non-intuitive OS, that continuing after you realize that the directions make errors only makes things worse instead of better.
Can't anyone help me with this? All I want to do is get a working OS on a working computer. You'd think that would happen automatically when a person sticks the DVD in, boots to it, and clicks install. I guess maybe I don't know the secrets. This is so frustrating I don't know how anyone ever even gets to the point where they can actually USE a computer because you have to already know this stuff to set one up in the frst place and how do you learn it if your computer won't work in the first place so you can use it to learn? It''s like some super-secret club, you can only get in if you know the handshake - and you can only learn the handshake in the club. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (there should be 50 !s there, but I might have miscounted.)
It's too cold to keep squatting out here with my laptop sitting on a cinder block in my backyard. I will turn it off, stick it in a trash bag (it's snowing and I don't want it to get wet on top of everything else), and go inside and warm up for a few minutes. Hopefully, someone that understands that I didn't write the OS and therefore don't automatically know what people mean when they tell me something and are making assumptions that I automagically know what they mean(!!!!!)... Hopefully, someone like that will look at that thread post I keep mentioning, and translate it into English for me. And THAT'S if that post is even what I need to do in the first place - which I don't know to begin with. It's just a thread I found when I used Google to do a site-search (here) for nvidia 5200. (Trying to use this site's own search... ---***ARGH!!!!!***--- Yes, you guessed it, more frustration! Because when you type nvidia 5200 into the (literally) stupid thing, it decides that you didn't really want to search for nvidia 5200 and drops 5200 from your query. Do you know how many pages on this site have the term nvidia in them? A great many. Do you know how many have nvidia AND 5200 in them? No, me either, because the site CBA to do that particular search. Man... I need a nerve pill.
Why is it SO INCREDIBLY HARD to do something so basic - and important? All I want to do is to make my graphics card work. Thing has been around for YEARS, you'd think someone would have figured it out by now. Actually, you'd think they'd simply include it in the kernel. But I suppose I should consider it lucky that they did not; they did that with the Broadcom 4311 driver and so now not only do we have to figure out how to install it anyway... We also have to figure out how to make the OS use it since it "knows" that it "works" already. Only, you know... It doesn't either. But that is fixed, I just need to fix my graphics card working. Just to play a simple game that's probably half as old as I am, to play a Youtube video that some twelve-year old probably made, that's not high technology is it? To play a video that is HERE, locally, no flashcrap required but that doesn't work EITHER. Netflix won't play. I haven't even bothered trying Hulu, like what's the point? I'm ready to cry now everything is BROKEN!