Welcome to Linux Mint
Fuzzy Penquin wrote:The Terminal commands are a complete mystery to me
You don't need to get comfortable on the command line unless you want to. But if you want to, this is a good resource to get you familiar: http://en.flossmanuals.net/command-line/
Fuzzy Penquin wrote:my clock displays in 24 hour mode
Click on the clock in the panel, and select "Date and Time Settings". Change the "Date format for the panel" from:
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%a %b %e, %H:%M
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%a %b %e, %I:%M %p
Fuzzy Penquin wrote:my sound is barely audible
Probably best to open a separate topic for that in the Hardware Support forum. Please include the output of the following command run from the terminal, so others have some basic information to help you. You can copy text to/from the terminal, see its Edit menu.
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Fuzzy Penquin wrote:do I still need to run the driver DVD that came with my motherboard?
No, generally those will contain only Windows drivers which you normally don't use on Linux (in edge cases you do need to use your Windows driver for your Wi-Fi chip). If everything apart from the things you mentioned here works, then no need to install other drivers. The Linux kernel includes the drivers for most of your hardware. If a hardware device or function, or peripheral, is not fully working--you can request the help from others here on the forum by posting in the relevant forum section. Reading "How to get help" (viewtopic.php?f=17&t=83444
) will give you some tips on the best ways to find and get help.
Thanks for the link and code to correct my clock problem! Clock still reads 24 hour format on the bar, but if you mouse over it displays the normal 12 hour format in the text bubble. Good enough for me! Maybe this way I will learn to read it and automatically know what time it translates to, LOL. Right now I have to sit there and think about it for a moment....
I have bookmarked your link, because it just seems like a really good idea to at least halfway understand the terminal commands in case something goes very wrong in the GUI. But from what I've been seeing since installing Mint, today's Linux doesn't have to be like it was back when I was a kid. I get the impression that some distros still require a strong knowledge of Terminal, but Mint certainly doesn't seem to be one of those (thankfully). I feel very comfortable in Mint after only a few days. But, I remember liking typing DOS commands back when I was a kid, I felt "really cool" and super "techy", like I knew what I was doing. LOL.
So learning the Terminal commands doesn't scare me, haha. They intrigue me, and confuse me, all at the same time. And I have no idea what to type to get what info or install/remove, etc. Yay for learning curves.
As for my sound issue, I did solve that one. I hunted around and finally found a second set of speakers in the house, and hooked them up. Turns out that my sound problem was that my first set of speakers sucked.... which I suspected but couldn't prove until I found my second set and hooked those up. My suspicion for what might be the problem kept me from posting a thread about it until I had been able to confirm it. So happily, all is well now.
Re: motherboard drivers... Thanks, good to know, and I suspected as much. Linux does seem to have auto-detected and found/used all the correct drivers necessary to make everything work correctly, right out of the box. I can't test the Thunderbolt port since I don't have any Thunderbolt devices, so I can only assume it works as intended. But I didn't buy this board for that feature, it just happened to be there. Reviews all said it was a very stable and reliable board, so that is what sold me. I don't like finicky motherboards, I've had a few, and they were annoying. So I guess everything is awesome.
Thank you Conical for developing Ubuntu, which lead to the wonderful creation of Mint. I am loving this OS so much, and annoying all my friends/family/co-workers because of it.
Intel i7-3770k 3.5GHz, 16GB 1600MHz RAM, 3x 1TB HDD, MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt motherboard, (MSI) Nvidia GeForce GTX770, Mint 17 64-bit w/Cinnamon.
I am a n00b! Please assume zero knowledge on my part. Sorry for any dumb questions, I am still learning.