I've been a loyal fan of MX Linux for about two years or so. A few months back I took a sabattical from MX Linux and decided to try a few other flavors of Linux. The last one I used was Linux Mint, which I liked but it was not right for my older pc. So, the other day I decided to get rid of Linux and come back to MX Linux so I downloaded the latest and greatest. I installed it and was excited because I know, or I could tell that the man behind MX Linux has been polishing up his distro and it looked absolutely beautiful. I started to install all my necessary software and copy my backed up stuff from my external hd. Then of course I downloaded Chromium and this is when problems ensued. Of course, this is not the first time I encountered this problem so I knew immediately it was a conflict with video drivers. Many websites where I watch videos do not play nice with the linux Nouveau drivers. So i went about installing the legacy drivers for my card which work out to be a 304xxx driver. I installed everything correctly and rebooted per instructions but here is where my headache began. When the os was booting up everything looked great and then I got what Ive come to call the blinking cursor of death. It was a steady blinking cursor in the upper left corner that wouldn't stop blinking. And, in fact, there was no way for me to get a terminal so I just rebooted. I reinstalled MX-17 and twice tried to install video drivers for my nvidia card. I tried installing from the main source and then from the backports. Both of them blew up on me and gave me the blinking cursor of death. I tried coming here earlier before I even installed the nvidia but my screen blew up on me as I was composing and I had to reboot. I dug through my dvd album of distros and I found a version of MX Linux from a little more than a year ago. It was MX-16. I installed this and pulled down all the updates. Rebooted and instlled the Nvidia drivers. When my machine booted I had all ten fingers and toes crossed and...whoila my pc came up perfectly. So tell me something. What has changed? Why can I installed MX Linux 16 on my pc along with the correct drivers for my video card but if I installed MX-17 it won't play nicely? I do have the 64 bit version of MX Linux installed. But, as I said, MX is playing nicely with me right now while I am using MX-16. My concern is that it won't if I try to upgrade to MX-17.
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$ inxi -F System: Host: mx1 Kernel: 4.7.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.12.2 Distro: MX-16_x64 Metamorphosis 12 December 2016 Machine: Type: Desktop System: Acer product: ASE380/AST180/APM8 v: R01-B1 serial: <root required> Mobo: Acer model: EM61SM/EM61PM serial: <root required> BIOS: Phoenix v: R01-B1 date: 06/15/2007 CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ bits: 64 type: MCP L2 cache: 1024 KiB Speed: 1000 MHz min/max: 1000/2200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1000 2: 1000 Graphics: Card-1: NVIDIA C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430] driver: nvidia v: 304.137 Display: server: X.Org 1.16.4 driver: nvidia resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430/integrated/SSE2 v: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 304.137 Audio: Card-1: NVIDIA MCP61 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.7.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 Network: Card-1: Marvell 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet driver: sky2 IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:19:21:53:1b:c5 Drives: HDD Total Size: 3.64 TiB used: 1.68 TiB (46.2%) ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST1000DM003-1ER162 size: 931.51 GiB ID-2: /dev/sdf type: USB vendor: Toshiba model: External USB 3.0 size: 2.73 TiB Partition: ID-1: / size: 19.56 GiB used: 5.41 GiB (27.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6 ID-2: /home size: 174.66 GiB used: 21.47 GiB (12.3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7 ID-3: swap-1 size: 4.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 Use of uninitialized value $gpu_temp in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/local/bin/inxi line 12597. Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: C Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 193 Uptime: 6h 02m Memory: 3.62 GiB used: 1.08 GiB (29.7%) Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.10
Any help you could offer me so I can upgrade to the latest and greatest would be great. Or will my pc eventually figure out that there is an newer update to this distro and pull it down? This is my concern.