After having a plethora of problems at home:
- open neutral in marette of wall outlet feeding computer room
- failed main 1.5 TB hard drive once power was restored
- Windows 7 didn't want to restart
I finally caved. Thankfully, due to a previous install of Ubuntu onto another HD I wasn't totally up a creek. After talking to an old friend (someone who re-ignited my love of computers in high school) he suggested Linux Mint, and that he had tried all the variants and liked KDE best. Unfortunately it was right at the time my wife was starting to apply for jobs after 8 years not working. Thankfully I was able to recover her resume, but I haven't yet been able to get my printer working consistantly (Canon Pixma iP4500) - I will be posting elsewhere promptly after this as days of hunting on the net has seen no success. I just wanted to offer up an intro to myself for anyone curious.
EDIT: After 3 days of fighting I now fixed the printer problem. Apparently it was one of those id 10 T errors. In 'cleaning' and rearranging the desk the stack of papers at the base of the printer had lifted the tray by about a millimeter (0.0393701") so it wouldn't print as it thought the door was partly closed. ARGH! It's always the little things.
So that's me in a nutshell. If you have tips feel free to throw them at me with as much gobbledegook as you want, but step by step with a bit of an explanation would be appreciated.
Host: toybox Kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.7.2)
Desktop: KDE 4.9.5 (Qt 4.8.3) Distro: Linux Mint 14 Nadia
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P5Q PRO TURBO version: Rev 1.xx Bios: American Megatrends version: 0602 date: 08/04/2009
Dual core Pentium CPU E6500 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 11733.7
Clock Speeds: 1: 1603.00 MHz 2: 1603.00 MHz
Graphics Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Juniper [Radeon HD 5700 Series] bus-ID: 01:00.0
X.Org: 1.13.0 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD JUNIPER GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 9.0.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Card-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series] driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
Card-2: Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Card-3: Logitech Mic (PTZ) driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 046d:08cc
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.25
Card: Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit or Fast Ethernet driver: ATL1E port: cc00 bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
HDD Total Size: 8063.1GB (14.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD30EZRX size: 3000.6GB
2: id: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD15EARS size: 1500.3GB 3: id: /dev/sdc model: WDC_WD30EZRX size: 3000.6GB
4: id: /dev/sdd model: WDC_WD5000AAKS size: 500.1GB 5: id: /dev/sde model: IC35L060AVV207 size: 61.5GB
Partition: ID: / size: 451G used: 12G (3%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 8.59GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info: Processes: 195 Uptime: 26 min Memory: 1360.9/7986.0MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.7.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4