Some notes on how moving from a pentium 4 to an I5 ivy bridge
machine worked out with linux.
When I had the pentium 4, any variety of linux seemed to install
and run with no problem.
In August, the motherboard crapped out so I bought the new I5.
Things were no longer so smooth; I had settled on a debian-based
os, and was interested in debian itself, ubuntu gnome or mint
But when I tried to install debian, it got past the splash screen
and started to ask my language and so on, and at some point around
there, decided it could not detect my dvd drive. Tried with a
couple of different downloads of debian, including 32-bit, but no good.
I would have used mint in the first place except for a small
problem - see below for that.
Anyhow, ubuntu was next and that installed and ran well; it was a
bit slow compared to mint, and the system 'crashed' at least once
every two days, probably closer to once every day. The crash did
not affect the operation of the pc; it was just a popup window and
an icon that looked like a splash of blood that appeared on the
panel. Still, there has got to be something amiss for that to be
I did not run mint because, for some strange reason, when I tried
to back up with clonezilla, which I had used happily for a couple
of years, the backup got to about 98 percent of the MBR and
something choked - I got the 'something went wrong' message.
One time I let it continue to do the backup, but the result was
useless. This only happened with mint.
Finally I found Redo, which has no problems with mint/I5 and I can
now back up the OS and am happily using mint again.
Some of that must be familiar to others unless the salesman sold
me a defective I5 cpu.