1) Apology accepted.
jglen490 wrote: 2) Everyone is entitled to an opinion. An educated opinion is more valuable. The installer places the Grub loader data exactly where it is told to do so. The installer will select a default; that being the MBR of the first detected drive. You can tell it to install wherever you want it to go, but must do so in the correct input box in the Mint installer.
Well, you are implying that my opinion is not valuable. Fine, but you don't know my background as I haven't revealed it as I don't think it's necessary to do so. If you really want to know my credentials send me a PM and I will tell you. The issue is with the installer. I did not see an option where to tell the installer to place the boot code. If I missed it (and that is very possible) please post a screen shot from the installer showing where I should have specified where the boot code should go. Not only will it help me, it will help other new users not make the same mistake that I might have done.
jglen490 wrote:3) You just said that the boot loader was installed on the IDE drive, and it booted from there. Why would that be weird?
It's very weird as I specified that the Mint installer was to use the SATA drive and nowhere else. I wanted the IDE drive left alone. How was I to know that Mint would treat the boot code differently from the main O/S code? If that is normal for Mint then there should be a separate install screen with options for placing the boot code on different drives.
jglen490 wrote: 4) As stated here and by others, it put the boot loader exactly where it was told to - even if that wasn't your intent.
I believe I never told the installer *WHERE* to place the boot code. Perhaps I'm wrong but the installer made it's own decision to place the boot code on the first drive that it found - without asking me if it was ok. If this is the case then I maintain that this logic is wrong. If the installer is going to place code on a different drive that what it was told to use, then it should *ASK* if it's OK to put it on a different drive.
jglen490 wrote: 5) I have installed Slackware a long time ago via the command line. A tremendous PITA. I've used a GUI of some sort and the only screw ups have been because I didn't pay attention to what was in front of me. But I did try again, and I did ask for help, until I got it right.
I understand and agree. I just don't know where the installer placed the boot code location option in front of me and I missed it. Where is it?
jglen490 wrote: 7) Double comment. It has worked fine on an awful lot of platforms until it you tried it. Unless there was a problem with burning the .iso or with the actual .iso download, it works all the time. Possible that the .iso didn't checkout in either case or both cases. Try running sha256 against the downlaod and against the install medium. The instructions were on the download page.
I did check the .iso as stated on the download page. I use the Windows app HashCalc to check the iso;' the SHA256 values matched. The iso I used is a good iso. As to my platform being an outsider, I can't comment but I don't think it is unique by any measure. If it is then I'd be happy to test new versions on the Mint installer.
The first time is usually painful for a lot of people. Ask for help instead thumping your chest and blaming Mint.
I apologize for the chest thumping as you characterize it. My expectations were very high given the reputation that Mint has and it was version 18.2. Had it been version 1.0.0 my expectations would have been a lot lower.
jglen490 wrote: 9) That's a decent spec on your Mint machine. very much like my Kubuntu desktop, and a step or so above my Toshiba Mint laptop. Both of which run Linux smoothly.
Thank you. My installation of Mint 18.2 is running very smoothly and I have started the migration process. Some things still have me worried such as SCSI devices, my Dymo label printer, Canon scanner ect.
jglen490 wrote: Bottom line, if this is your first run at Linux, don't be surprised - or thrown - by the newness. We've all been there. Once you've done it successfully, it's an easy process.
Thank you - that is good advice.