I've built a new PC for the inlaws to use as a business machine, letters, invoices, payroll, VAT etc. Gigabyte board, Intel CPU, 8G RAM, SSD etc.
The 'Dad' has been running Ubuntu as his (default) daily desktop for a few years now (thanks to me) and so they were happy to give Linux a go themselves but because we didn't know what 'Windows only' software they might need, went for a dual boot solution with W10 and Mint 17 (with Mint to be the default OS).
I installed Windows 10 first, it 'just worked' (and has done throughout all the tests).
Then I installed Mint 17.3 (64 bit) and it locked up from the LiveDVD but I thought it might be one of those things. I finally got it installed and whilst updating it crashed in the same way (and has done man times since).
Long short (posted elsewhere) there seems to be a video compatibility issue. Running Mint in 'Compatibility mode' (software rendering) seem to be ok so conforms that.
Apparently the is a GUI driver tool from Intel that *might* install the right driver, but it isn't compatible with Mint. I try to install Ubuntu MATE but I can't get far enough before it crashes and there doesn't seem to be a compatibility mode..
So, because I've been here before (too many times) I went out and bought an nVidia 210 card and stuck that in.
W10 first uses the card as 'Std VGA' and then installs the nVidia driver automagically.
Mint shows it's using an open-source driver for the card (that seems to work) but there is another and 'recommended' driver available so I click on that to install it.
The first time it crashes before it's finished (and then won't reboot into the GUI) so I have to reinstall Mint. The second time it completes the 'recommended' driver install but again, fails to boot ('Probe error' some gobbledygook).
So, when I get back on it tonight it will be the 5th install of mint and for this one I'll just leave it with the open source driver and give it a good run and see if it holds up.
But really, should a 'Driver manager' app that *recommends* a better driver then crash as you install it? I ask because this is far from the first time I've had that happen across a range of machines, and video cards. ;-(
I think 1:5 is going to be as high as it's going to get, after that they can have Windows only.
Cheers, T i m