Are these Mint, KDE or kernel issues?

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Are these Mint, KDE or kernel issues?

Post by tpprynn »

I think KDE is really coming on well now. Realistically surely it's the main hope for Linux desktop-wise - very well-designed, modern and efficient in its behaviours, and Mint's use of it is the most polished I think. There seem to be some little bugs and regressions depending on what computer I try it with and I wondered if it is actually to do with KDE or whether it's Mint or a kernel thing.

I'm using Linux Mint 16 64 bit KDE edition on a Lenovo X200 laptop. For internet I mostly use Mobile Broadband but I'm finding the dongle isn't being seen consistently anymore. It's not seen if plugged in at boot time, and I sometimes have to plug it in a second time. Not all the usb ports work with the dongle at all where they do with Windows 8. Previous editions of Ubuntu, Mint, Debian and Fedora had been fine, from about the middle of 2012. the dongle is a Huawei E353. The last time I clicked on the applet also it was crazily big, nearly a third of the screen, with mostly space in (because my wireless is switched off) and the notification once connected appeared somewhere random - any idea why? [Edit: in the last half hour all the plasma widgets appear in the wrong place, and the menu appears in the middle of the screen. Praised KDE too soon!]

The power management seems a problem too. There seems a great delay before the applet will show the correct information when discharging power. When the battery is charged the applet continually appears and disappears on the panel.

I've done all the updates.

Should I instead be asking on KDE's own forum or filing a bug report somewhere?

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Re: Are these Mint, KDE or kernel issues?

Post by CupOfCoffee »

I'm assuming that those issues have to do with the kernel - the drivers for USB Ports, Wireless, and Ethernet are in the kernel. Also, make sure that you are running the right version for your computer (32bit or 64bit).

For the battery notification, by default it disappears into the drop-up in the System Tray when charging.
Battery Notification not showing (on AC power).
Battery Notification not showing (on AC power).
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Battery Notification in dropdown/up.
Battery Notification in dropdown/up.
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But when the laptop's on its battery, it shows in the System Tray.
On battery showing notification.
On battery showing notification.

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Re: Are these Mint, KDE or kernel issues?

Post by SaintDanBert »

tpprynn wrote: ...
I'm using Linux Mint 16 64 bit KDE edition on a Lenovo X200 laptop.
I running on a Lenovo X220 "Convertible" Tablet PC laptop. Previously, I used an X61 "Convertible" Tablet PC laptop, I urge you to seek out "Thinkpad" + "Linux" + "Ubuntu" + "Mint" resources online.

Also, I would consider (1) download a fresh copy of your distro, and (2) "fresh install".
I know that is a pain in the anatomy, but you are seeing far to many flakey behaviors compared to my experience. I have a few things that are a little troublesome, but features mostly work as I need them to work.

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