fruitkiller wrote:Right, so. I've made, in all cases it fails, a usb key with mint 17.1 on it, got the iso from the official source, checked the safety of it all with gpg. It's fine.
I got a question regarding trying to install an older Mint 17 version, it will not be on the same internal drive, but, it will likely cause some kind of fight in grub, right?
Because yesterday these updates came in 17.3, initramfs-tools, initramfs-tools-bin.
Will this cause a problem? It's not a major issue since I got another thumb drive, well no it's a CD I had that was laying around, with Boot-Repair OS on it, it's just xfce ubuntu with Boot-Repair on it so that one doesn't have to start up, say after reinstalling a defective windows 7 on another partition, which wipes the MBR and so causes grub to be wiped out, so one needs a thumbdrive or cd with supergrubdisk to boot into Mint or other Linux distros, where Boot-Repair is installed, like I have right now, do that and then all would be fine. It cuts this annoying part off.
Since I'm already having issues with some QT and KDE applications causing a segfault on start thus failing to open, I guess I should go back from the start. Only reinstalling everything as I like it and my theme will be a pain. I got backup for everything else, software, bookmarks, anyway, like I said, my plan is not to wipe out 17.3, just place 17.1 on another drive and see what happens regarding these issues, especially since it was made clear that 3.19.x is the last kernel supported by 15.302 AMD's driver, except for AMDGPUPRO but only the beta seems to support 14.04, not the full release which says 16.04 or over.
Advice is very welcome.
It turns out booting up with the last 3.19 kernel, 3.19.0-80, didn't change anything. And if I try to boot in 3.19-0.32, what's checked as the Recommended kernel...I donn't know if it is my new keyboard, which is Azerty, although, I could test this theory with an old ps/2 keyboard I have right here later, I couldn't get past the part in the Mint boot process where I have to press S to skip mounting of some drives that do not want to mount at boot, because I disabled them to do so with Disks, I think, but if not, it's always pretty much done that when it comes to a few ntfs and ext4 partitions in my internal drives.
So now, I really need to know, can I install Mint 17.1 to kind of tweak around and have it be totally seperated from 17.3, which seems impossible thanks to grub. Destroying this install will be very painful, years of customization and such. Maybe it's the 15.302 driver and the 15.20 one could work, I got no idea. But as I tried to install it, unlike in this kernel (4.4.0-59), it told me that it couldn't proceed due to some dependencies, although I could use --force on the .run file but then AMD 3d graphics would not work and I go the DKMS error at 93% of the install process. This is starting to give me a real big headache, so much so I'm thinking of just buying a new graphics adapter at my next pay. This graphics card isn't old enough and passes tests like 3D Mark and some games in Windows with flying colours. This the first time I get such difficulty. If I need to test it on another desktop..well my old desktops have great video cards in all 3 of them, for their time, when pci-express and AGP co-existed, one has a Nvidia card before the gtx series that was at the top, a 7800 or such? It's AGP 16x or 8x, I forgot the best it got, I remember paying almost 100 bucks more because my then old motherboard didn't have pci-e ports.
Short question to all this, can I install Mint 17.1 on the same desktop that has 17.3 on one drive, and grub installed on all internal drives, maybe I shouldn't have done it this way with Boot-Repair but now all 3 of my internal drives boots up to the same grub screen, which is useful. Also, the small issue I have going since the incident that started all this, well almost immediately afterwards (random X-server failure) which had me reinstall the driver, which gave me the 93% DKMS error, and then a few weeks or a month later, identifying text under icons from the desktop doesn't show up. So links to folders and such have to be selected with the mouse to see the underlying text. It's all a big mess of an otherwise really well functioning system.