Is Saucy S. v. 13.10 stable?

February 22, 2014 at 05:05:14
Specs: Windows 7
Recently installed the 64-bit version of Saucy on a 64-bit laptop. (Used cd-rom that came with the Ubuntu magazine.) I have not been able to install the wireless driver, and so have no internet access for Ubuntu, and update the OS.

To help me install the driver I have, via Windows, downloaded the ndiswrapper and ndisgtk utilities. They will not install, nor will synaptic. Most problems involve the archive ("an error occurred while loading the archive").

What makes me suspicious of this particular version is the fact that under no condition will the system let me RESTART or SHUT DOWN properly, even after deleting and re-installing the system. Towards the end it hangs up with the error:

"drm:"intel_pipe_config_compare" mismatch in adjusted- mode-flag (expected 2, found 0).

Does this have anything to do with my installation problems. Would an earlier version be more appropriate to use, or am I condemned to use Windows in perpetuity? Please help!

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February 23, 2014 at 09:21:12
I'm only an occasional Linux user, but I wonder if it's related to your 64-bit version of Ubuntu.
Was there also a 32-bit CD included? If so I'd be tempted to give that a whirl.
It's not long ago, they were still recommending that users install the 32-bit version - though I believe this changed with the present version, Even so...

My 3-yr old, i5 Dell laptop runs v.13, 32-bit no bother as a live disc. The wireless drivers for the Dell were already in Ubuntu's cache.

As an aside; I see V.13 reaches, 'end of life' in July this year.

V.14 is supposed to be due out in a couple of months.
Could be 'interesting' let's see what changes this brings about.

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February 23, 2014 at 21:13:01
Thanks for your reply. The disk had both the 32 and the 64-bit version. Since my computer is 64-bit, I never thought of installing the 32-bit version. I didn't think this was possible, but I may be wrong. Like yours, my notebook is a Dell. The Ubuntu version I have does recognize the wireless hardware, though; it's the installation of the driver that is the problem. Without access to the internet, of course, the present system is not very useful, and, as you suggest, I may have to wait for the next version.

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February 23, 2014 at 23:42:57
You should have posted in the Linux section. Maybe a better response, though Linux is a minority sport. ;o)
I mainly use Linux as a live CD to retrieve info from unbootable WIndows systems.
I have Ubuntu as a 'curiosity'. I usually use Linux Puppy, which is very small, fast and runs purely in RAM.

32-bit software runs on 64-bit set-ups, which is just as well.
In the home computing world in general, most software is still 32-bit, even though almost all PCs have been 64-bit systems for the past 5-yrs or more.

I don't have my spare laptop with me or would have fired up V.13 as a test and walked through the set-up, but I'm thinking; unless your Dell is extremely old, or extremely new, the lack of a driver isn't an issue...
Does Ubuntu see your connection? If so, the required drivers are already installed.
It's usually a simple, set-up issue (wireless code).

I believeUbuntu v.13 was the first 'stable' release of a 64-bit version.
So; 32-bit vs 64-bit? If any one's gonna be glitchy, it'sll be the latter.
If need be; no harm in reinstalling. It doesn't take long and means you're starting from a clean slate.

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February 24, 2014 at 07:06:21
To answer your question, the Ubuntu system does not see the connection. May try the 32-bit version later this week. Thanks.

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