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New install of "SimplyMEPIS-USB_8.5.03-rel1_64" is unstable 
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Post New install of "SimplyMEPIS-USB_8.5.03-rel1_64" is unstable
Symtoms include a kwin crash within a minute on nearly every login, at this point no response from desktop or menu icons. Can't login as root (password not accepted) to perform update/upgrade and add my name to the suders list. My motherboard hardware as reported by lshw in ubuntu-studio:

Code:
john@ubuntu-studio:~$ sudo lshw
[sudo] password for john:
ubuntu-studio             
    description: Desktop Computer
    width: 32 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.2 dmi-2.2 smp-1.4 smp
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop cpus=2
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: C51MCP51
       physical id: 0
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
          physical id: 0
          version: 6.00 PG
          date: 03/17/2006
          size: 128KiB
          capacity: 448KiB
          capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb ls120boot zipboot
     *-cpu:0
          description: CPU
          product: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
          vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
          physical id: 1
          bus info: cpu@0
          version: 15.11.1
          slot: Socket 939
          size: 1GHz
          capacity: 3GHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 200MHz
          capabilities: boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt x86-64 3dnowext 3dnow pni lahf_lm cmp_legacy cpufreq
        *-cache:0
             description: L1 cache
             physical id: a
             slot: Internal Cache
             size: 128KiB
             capacity: 128KiB
             capabilities: synchronous internal write-back
        *-cache:1
             description: L2 cache
             physical id: b
             slot: External Cache
             size: 512KiB
             capacity: 512KiB
             capabilities: synchronous internal write-back
     *-memory:0
          description: System Memory
          physical id: 1b
          slot: System board or motherboard
          size: 2GiB
        *-bank:0
             description: DIMM [empty]
             physical id: 0
             slot: A0
             width: 64 bits
        *-bank:1
             description: DIMM [empty]
             physical id: 1
             slot: A1
             width: 64 bits
        *-bank:2
             description: DIMM
             physical id: 2
             slot: A2
             size: 1GiB
             width: 64 bits
        *-bank:3
             description: DIMM
             physical id: 3
             slot: A3
             size: 1GiB
             width: 64 bits
     *-cpu:1
          physical id: 4
          bus info: cpu@1
          version: 15.11.1
          size: 1GHz
          capacity: 1GHz
          capabilities: cpufreq
        *-cache:0
             description: L1 cache
             physical id: 0
             size: 128KiB
        *-cache:1
             description: L2 cache
             physical id: 1
             size: 512KiB
     *-memory:1 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Host Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 6
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          capabilities: ht bus_master cap_list
          configuration: latency=0
     *-memory:2 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Memory Controller 0
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 0.1
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.1
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          configuration: latency=0
     *-memory:3 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Memory Controller 1
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 0.2
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.2
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          configuration: latency=0
     *-memory:4 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Memory Controller 5
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 0.3
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.3
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          configuration: latency=0
     *-memory:5 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Memory Controller 4
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 0.4
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.4
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          capabilities: bus_master
          configuration: latency=0
     *-memory:6 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Host Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 0.5
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.5
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          capabilities: bus_master cap_list
          configuration: latency=0
     *-memory:7 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Memory Controller 3
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 0.6
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.6
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          configuration: latency=0
     *-memory:8 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: C51 Memory Controller 2
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 0.7
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.7
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          configuration: latency=0
     *-pci:0
          description: PCI bridge
          product: C51 PCI Express Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 2
          bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
          version: a1
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          capabilities: pci pm msi ht pciexpress normal_decode bus_master cap_list
          configuration: driver=pcieport
          resources: irq:40 ioport:a000(size=4096) memory:fd700000-fd7fffff ioport:fde00000(size=1048576)
     *-pci:1
          description: PCI bridge
          product: C51 PCI Express Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 3
          bus info: pci@0000:00:03.0
          version: a1
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          capabilities: pci pm msi ht pciexpress normal_decode bus_master cap_list
          configuration: driver=pcieport
          resources: irq:41 ioport:9000(size=4096) memory:fdd00000-fddfffff ioport:fdc00000(size=1048576)
     *-pci:2
          description: PCI bridge
          product: C51 PCI Express Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:04.0
          version: a1
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          capabilities: pci pm msi ht pciexpress normal_decode bus_master cap_list
          configuration: driver=pcieport
          resources: irq:42 ioport:b000(size=4096) memory:fd900000-fd9fffff ioport:fd800000(size=1048576)
     *-display
          description: VGA compatible controller
          product: C51G [GeForce 6100]
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 5
          bus info: pci@0000:00:05.0
          version: a2
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
          configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
          resources: irq:16 memory:fb000000-fbffffff memory:e0000000-efffffff memory:fc000000-fcffffff memory:80000000-8001ffff
     *-memory:9 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: MCP51 Host Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 9
          bus info: pci@0000:00:09.0
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          capabilities: ht bus_master cap_list
          configuration: latency=0
     *-isa
          description: ISA bridge
          product: MCP51 LPC Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: a
          bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.0
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: isa bus_master
          configuration: latency=0
     *-serial
          description: SMBus
          product: MCP51 SMBus
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: a.1
          bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.1
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: pm cap_list
          configuration: driver=nForce2_smbus latency=0
          resources: irq:5 ioport:1c00(size=64) ioport:1c40(size=64)
     *-memory:10 UNCLAIMED
          description: RAM memory
          product: MCP51 Memory Controller 0
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: a.2
          bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.2
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz (15.2ns)
          configuration: latency=0
     *-usb:0
          description: USB Controller
          product: MCP51 USB Controller
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: b
          bus info: pci@0000:00:0b.0
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: pm ohci bus_master cap_list
          configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=0 maxlatency=1 mingnt=3
          resources: irq:21 memory:fe02f000-fe02ffff
     *-usb:1
          description: USB Controller
          product: MCP51 USB Controller
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: b.1
          bus info: pci@0000:00:0b.1
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: debug pm ehci bus_master cap_list
          configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0 maxlatency=1 mingnt=3
          resources: irq:22 memory:fe02e000-fe02e0ff
     *-ide:0
          description: IDE interface
          product: MCP51 IDE
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: d
          bus info: pci@0000:00:0d.0
          logical name: scsi0
          logical name: scsi1
          version: a1
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list emulated
          configuration: driver=pata_amd latency=0 maxlatency=1 mingnt=3
          resources: irq:0 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:f400(size=16)
        *-disk:0
             description: ATA Disk
             product: ST340015A
             vendor: Seagate
             physical id: 0
             bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/sda
             version: 3.01
             serial: 5LAF61RR
             size: 37GiB (40GB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=3972cd75
           *-volume:0
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sda1
                version: 1.0
                serial: 9bf04615-4811-4157-b7c6-148565876e52
                size: 6000MiB
                capacity: 6000MiB
                capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2011-11-02 22:26:36 filesystem=ext4 label=_Fedora-16-x86_6 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-02-05 18:35:40 mounted=2012-02-05 23:35:52 state=clean
           *-volume:1
                description: Linux swap volume
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sda2
                version: 1
                serial: 539d87a5-f967-48d9-b1da-c375d0ac5474
                size: 258MiB
                capacity: 258MiB
                capabilities: primary nofs swap initialized
                configuration: filesystem=swap pagesize=4096
           *-volume:2
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 3
                bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,3
                logical name: /dev/sda3
                version: 1.0
                serial: 65a04ac9-4c24-4ee2-9b03-9f23e68bd4ed
                size: 31GiB
                capacity: 31GiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2012-01-07 15:25:12 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/home modified=2012-02-06 20:30:24 mounted=2012-02-06 20:29:15 state=clean
        *-disk:1
             description: ATA Disk
             product: WDC WD1600BB-22G
             vendor: Western Digital
             physical id: 1
             bus info: scsi@0:0.1.0
             logical name: /dev/sdb
             version: 08.0
             serial: WD-WCAL92245444
             size: 149GiB (160GB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=8f800000
           *-volume:0
                description: Windows FAT volume
                vendor: mkdosfs
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@0:0.1.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sdb1
                version: FAT32
                serial: 47ba-d8fd
                size: 109GiB
                capacity: 109GiB
                capabilities: primary fat initialized
                configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat
           *-volume:1
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@0:0.1.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sdb2
                logical name: /
                version: 1.0
                serial: aad197d6-fb8d-4826-8cbd-81f1122abca5
                size: 8188MiB
                capacity: 8188MiB
                capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2010-11-25 20:31:47 filesystem=ext4 label=ST_fs lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-01-29 11:12:48 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,acl,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2012-02-07 17:53:45 state=mounted
           *-volume:2
                description: EXT3 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 3
                bus info: scsi@0:0.1.0,3
                logical name: /dev/sdb3
                logical name: /home
                version: 1.0
                serial: 87113a3b-a6a5-4d07-ad43-d58801bc04c9
                size: 31GiB
                capacity: 31GiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files recover ext3 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2009-06-25 18:35:03 filesystem=ext3 lastmountpoint=/media/87113a3b-a6a5-4d07-ad43-d58801bc04c9 modified=2012-02-07 17:53:57 mount.fstype=ext3 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=continue,user_xattr,commit=5,barrier=0,data=ordered mounted=2012-02-07 17:53:57 state=mounted
        *-cdrom
             description: DVD reader
             product: 52MAX 325216AJv2
             vendor: Memorex
             physical id: 2
             bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/cdrom2
             logical name: /dev/cdrw2
             logical name: /dev/dvd2
             logical name: /dev/dvdrw2
             logical name: /dev/scd0
             logical name: /dev/sr0
             version: RW$5
             capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd
             configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
        *-disk:2
             description: ATA Disk
             product: ST3200822A
             vendor: Seagate
             physical id: 3
             bus info: scsi@1:0.1.0
             logical name: /dev/sdc
             version: 3.01
             serial: 4LJ39PX3
             size: 186GiB (200GB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=26f426f3
           *-volume:0
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@1:0.1.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sdc1
                version: 1.0
                serial: 71dfc46a-0596-41a2-8a63-1bad11c3c652
                size: 5721MiB
                capacity: 5721MiB
                capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2012-02-06 20:08:06 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-02-06 22:11:16 mounted=2012-02-07 17:06:33 state=clean
           *-volume:1
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@1:0.1.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sdc2
                version: 1.0
                serial: 0bfb0b8c-c203-4960-892a-9d13c85ea565
                size: 37GiB
                capacity: 37GiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2012-02-06 20:09:48 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/home modified=2012-02-07 17:06:35 mounted=2012-02-07 17:06:35 state=clean
           *-volume:2
                description: Windows FAT volume
                vendor: MSWIN4.1
                physical id: 3
                bus info: scsi@1:0.1.0,3
                logical name: /dev/sdc3
                version: FAT32
                serial: a6e9-3225
                size: 31GiB
                capacity: 31GiB
                capabilities: primary fat initialized
                configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat
           *-volume:3
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 4
                bus info: scsi@1:0.1.0,4
                logical name: /dev/sdc4
                version: 1.0
                serial: 05586005-d96c-4338-9c93-45fb1184defe
                size: 111GiB
                capacity: 111GiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2011-05-30 13:22:44 filesystem=ext4 label=More_Space lastmountpoint=/mnt/sdd4 modified=2012-02-06 20:30:24 mounted=2012-02-06 19:23:09 state=clean
     *-ide:1
          description: IDE interface
          product: MCP51 Serial ATA Controller
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: e
          bus info: pci@0000:00:0e.0
          logical name: scsi2
          version: a1
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: ide pm msi ht bus_master cap_list emulated
          configuration: driver=sata_nv latency=0 maxlatency=1 mingnt=3
          resources: irq:23 ioport:9f0(size=8) ioport:bf0(size=4) ioport:970(size=8) ioport:b70(size=4) ioport:e000(size=16) memory:fe02d000-fe02dfff
        *-disk
             description: ATA Disk
             product: WDC WD10EACS-00D
             vendor: Western Digital
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/sdd
             version: 01.0
             serial: WD-WCAU40521420
             size: 931GiB (1TB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=87de8934
           *-volume:0
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sdd1
                version: 1.0
                serial: ff3ba593-3aa4-4693-aeac-b313c0f0dcc9
                size: 5969MiB
                capacity: 5969MiB
                capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2012-01-31 01:52:17 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-02-06 15:31:29 mounted=2012-02-06 16:05:41 state=clean
           *-volume:1
                description: Windows NTFS volume
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sdd2
                version: 3.1
                serial: 2603419f-4db8-9448-8107-664df3a4627a
                size: 864GiB
                capacity: 864GiB
                capabilities: primary ntfs initialized
                configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2006-08-12 00:42:04 filesystem=ntfs label=Huge_NTFS modified_by_chkdsk=true mounted_on_nt4=true resize_log_file=true state=dirty upgrade_on_mount=true
           *-volume:2
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 3
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,3
                logical name: /dev/sdd3
                version: 1.0
                serial: f4cee872-6442-4284-84ba-20b8eb5a4024
                size: 53GiB
                capacity: 53GiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2012-01-31 01:20:56 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/media/f4cee872-6442-4284-84ba-20b8eb5a4024 modified=2012-02-07 17:14:04 mounted=2012-02-07 17:14:04 state=clean
           *-volume:3
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 4
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,4
                logical name: /dev/sdd4
                version: 1.0
                serial: ca32f29c-fabf-45cf-a8a3-e58d1e1e80ab
                size: 7271MiB
                capacity: 7271MiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2011-06-14 07:49:42 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-02-06 17:24:30 mounted=2012-02-06 17:24:31 state=clean
     *-pci:3
          description: PCI bridge
          product: MCP51 PCI Bridge
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 10
          bus info: pci@0000:00:10.0
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: pci ht subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
          resources: ioport:c000(size=4096) memory:fdb00000-fdbfffff memory:fda00000-fdafffff
        *-network
             description: Ethernet interface
             product: RTL8139 Ethernet
             vendor: D-Link System Inc
             physical id: 6
             bus info: pci@0000:04:06.0
             logical name: eth1
             version: 10
             serial: 00:40:05:10:42:83
             size: 100Mbit/s
             capacity: 100Mbit/s
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
             configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 duplex=full ip=192.168.1.2 latency=32 link=yes maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
             resources: irq:18 ioport:cc00(size=256) memory:fdbff000-fdbff0ff
     *-multimedia
          description: Multimedia audio controller
          product: MCP51 AC97 Audio Controller
          vendor: nVidia Corporation
          physical id: 10.2
          bus info: pci@0000:00:10.2
          version: a2
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
          configuration: driver=Intel ICH latency=0 maxlatency=5 mingnt=2
          resources: irq:20 ioport:dc00(size=256) ioport:d800(size=256) memory:fe02c000-fe02cfff
     *-pci:4
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
          vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
          physical id: 101
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.0
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:5
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
          vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
          physical id: 102
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.1
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:6
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
          vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
          physical id: 103
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.2
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:7
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
          vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
          physical id: 104
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.3
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=k8temp
          resources: irq:0
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The iso was installed to a USB stick using Unetbootin in Lubuntu (after experiencing problems running Unetbootin in Ubuntu-Studio).

I'm not sure what other information would be useful, like perhaps a log file. I'd appreciate whatever the brilliant minds from the Mepis Community may offer and for tonight will try the 32 bit version.

FYI I've four hard drives as well as four Linux distros on my tower. The last time I tried Mepis it was the most stable KDE desktop I'd ever experienced. It was on a 32 bit machine.


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I would install the latest version -- MEPIS 11 -- fresh.

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Ditto. Mepis 11 is totally stable. Has additional functionality. Uses the same (but later model) KDE Desktop that Mepis 8.5.x does.

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I have to say that the M11 stock xorg, Kwin openGL effects, and some Intel chipsets such as the GM4500 have a few problems, such as having the desktop lock up when you change something in System Settings.

You can unlock the desktop by turning kwin effects off and on with <shift><alt><F12>, but upgrading to the Intel xorg driver in the community repo or squeeze-backports would be a better solution. Radeon drivers are also much improved.


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+ 1 for Mepis 11, forget the ancient 8.5 series.

The Nvidia drivers in 8.5.xx had a known regression bug which I reported to Warren all the way through the development cycle and well into the post release. They didn't get fixed until about 1 month after the last update release of M8.5, and the only fix was the official proprietary nvidia driver, I think by memory, 169.12 was usable, and 173.14 was good. The OP's system uses the onboard nvidia 6100 GPU, which equates to the nvidia driver issue, a non-linux, third party addition.

You can switch to vesa and the system will be stable, but crappy resolution and very slow. If you still want to carry on with the aged 8.5 series, I kept a copy of the drivers if you can't get them elsewhere.

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Thanks for the replies, OK I'll try 11. When looking at download mirrors 11 wasn't on the Indiana University mirror which has blazing fast download speed. Did try 32 bit 8.5 last night performance was worse. BTW both 32 and 64 bit performed well in live CD mode.


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I think someone there is not syncing their mirror. However you can download the 10.9.88 TEST version and use it. I wouldn't recommend it as the update/upgrade that would be required would negate any time savings because of its size. Plus you wouldn't quite have Mepis 11 afterwards.

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Here's my "adventure" with the install of SimplyMEPIS-1.5G_11.0.00_64. The live CD ran very well. When rebooting after the install was finished, first after logging in the system froze on the second of the four progress images (for lack of what else to call them) on the KDE splash screen. The second and further attempts brought up the default desktop image however no panel, K button and the like. In the upper left corner of the screen was a small terminal window white w/black letters that would respond to keystrokes only when the mouse curser was inside of the terminal window. Another observation, the file system partition contains 4.48gB of data, notably less than other distros that are installed and functioning on this tower. Although the other distros have additional post install software and codecs. Installed on this machine are: Kubuntu, Ubuntu-Studio, Lubuntu and Fedora as well as the non-functioning Mepis. Booting is normally handled with the grub (ver 1.98) associated with Kubuntu. After an install update-grub is run from Kubuntu, then I'll boot into the new system. The bios on this machine allows any HD to be selected as first boot device. With the most recent attempt at installing Mepis, I selected the drive to which Mepis was to be installed as the first boot HD, then proceeded with the install. Using the Mepis grub, when attempting to boot to Mepis produced error 15, likewise when attempting to boot Kubuntu. Ubuntu-Studio and Memtest booted properly while Fedora would only boot to terminal login and Lubuntu wasn't found. Returning the drive containing Kubuntu as first boot drive, booting to Kubuntu and running update-grub returned to the boot described above. I'd like to try one more time as suggested install using Vesa as the display driver, how do I go about doing that? :fox:


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When running from the Live-media, there is a Mepis Manual icon on the desktop with answers to your questions, specifically Configuration > Display

Only thing I'll add is, I am not sure if the Live-media state is transferred to the installed base, so I would try at the very least, pausing the grub boot and appending these to your boot line. They will only run on that session only.
xdrvr=vesa nvidia.modeset=0

Also, you are testing the first release of Mepis 11, there have been 2 since then. The latest is 11.0.12 (December 2011)
Furthermore, my recommendation based on your setup is to try one of the community remasters, in particular the Mepis-Roadblock2-64 from Danum available from this post
viewtopic.php?f=59&t=32602.

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That should be xdrvr=vesa confx
You can try with and without the nvidia.modeset=0

See here for more info: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Cheatcodes

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