I've got a few issues I'd like to resolve on my fresh install of Mint on my Dell XPS m1330 laptop that I bought last January (I just installed Mint this week).
Most everything worked out of the box, unlike the fresh install of Vista I did on a separate partition. However, a few things I can't get working in Mint that work just the way I'd expect them to in Vista:
HDMI (video and audio) output does not seem to work the way it does in Vista. In Vista, I can plug the HDMI cable from my TV into my laptop's HDMI output, and my screen resizes itself to conform to the TV, and it duplicates my screen from the laptop to the TV. The very first time I did this in Vista, I was prompted to select whether I wanted to duplicate my screen or extend it onto the TV. I also have to change the default audio source in Vista to the HDMI output. This was something that's always "just worked" in Vista. In Mint, I plug in the HDMI cable and nothing happens. No pop-ups, no output on the TV, nothing. The video card in this laptop is an nVidia GeForce 8400M (I think...it may be an 8400 GS). I have activated the NVIDIA accleerated graphics driver (version 177) in the "Hardware Drivers" panel in the Control Center.
Also, in Vista, when I put my computer to "Sleep", it enters a suspend mode that shuts the system down very quickly and stores my session in something like hibernation, giving me about two days of battery life in sleep mode before it goes to full blown hibernation. If I open the laptop back up, it immediately (within 10 seconds) loads Vista back up, prompts me to login, and reconnects to the network. In Mint, the "Suspend" option appears to be similar, but when it comes back up, it lists my wlan0 wifi connector as disabled. I'm not sure what to do about that?
My Dell Bluetooth mouse also seems to be detected when I first pair it, but if I turn off the mouse and turn it back on later, it doesn't pair properly. I have to delete the mouse out of the bluetooth devices and re-discover it and repair it. Any idea how to fix this so that it "just works" the way it does in Vista?
Also, personal preference issue here, but is there anyway to make Nautilus more "explorer-like"? Meaning, can I have it not alternate the colors of the rows on "List view", can I display an address bar instead of bread crumbs at the top of the window, etc?
How do I pin things to the start menu, or create shortcuts in my taskbar?
I know this is a lot of personal preference type stuff, but it's really the kind of stuff I need in order to justify making the switch completely.
Thanks for any help you can give me with these issues!