Having installed Mint 4 on my older pc, while it is booting up the monitor adjusts itself three times to accommodate different splash screens/ the command line-type startup remarks. It was a relief to find a recent-ish version of Mint that works with my graphics card etc, but can I either get rid of the startup screens or change them so they don't force the monitor to adapt like this. I got rid of the login screen by enabling automatic login, as the login screen had unreadably small text.
A nVidia fx5200 graphics card is involved; I'm unable to get online to download proprietary drivers unless I can transfer one via memory stick from my Mint 6-equipped laptop, though I did find nVidia's own drivers just don't co-operate with Mint 5 or 6 on my desktop pc, after following forum advice to the letter, and as far as I can glean this is due to an incompatibility with the more recent version X Server.
When I was trying out Ubuntu, I saw that versions 7.04 and 7.10 have a security flaw that has to be patched. Is this therefore also true of Mint 4?
Could the bit of Mint 6/Ubuntu 8.10 that deals effortlessly with Mobile Broadband be downloaded separately and installed in Mint 4? If so which files are involved and can I download them with my Mint 6 machine and move them by memory stick to the Mint 4 machine (and if so, how)?