I would like to categorise and itemise problems to which I am seeking solutions.
A} OS starting
: 1. The Timer not connected to IO-APIC snag
: Every once in a while I get the message "Kernel panic - not syncing : IO-APIC + timer doesn't work! Boot with apic=debug and send a report. Then try booting with the 'noapic' option
". Thereafter the systems has to be switched and restarted. I have reported this in previous posts including the extract from the errorlog. I had a similar problem with PCQLinux 2007 as posted in that Topic.
2. Mouse Pointer disappearance
: I found that on logging out from the GUI and relogging ("startx" command) the mouse pointer disappears. It wont reappear till the system is rebooted! That would be a major problem on a multiuser or multiple identity user machine.
Note: The above could be linked to the AMD processor/motherboard and could need specific compilation.
3. Internet Connection through Firefox
: I was first attracted to linux OS as it was reputed to be much safer on line and not likely to be hi-jacked. I have a MTNL Triband broadband connection. The Firefox as set up by the installation programme is not able to connect while Konquerer is! I had a similar problem with PCQLinux 2007, duly reported in this forum by me. This time I thought I had it fixed vide my post of 25 March :
As with PCQLinux 2007, initially I was not able to get on to the web with the common profile created by the install programme. Attempts to modify the NETWORK details failed. Finally I created a fresh profile (using the same etho) and entered static IP data as indicated by MTNL (Triband Broad Band). And this profile works.
I soon found that this works sometimes only. The problem remains.
B} Applications Installation
: As I had said my use of Linux is limited. At present I would like to install "Stellarium" and "Neverputt" (that a golf game) applications from 2007 DVD. I had tried out "Neverputt" on my office computer, Pentium IV machine and it worked fine. However, on my home PC, AMD Duo Athlon X2, the controls were sticky and wonky. I get the feeling that quite a few applications may work satisfactorily only on one that is Intel or AMD platforms.
I have given an e-mail address!! Specially set up for PCQ Forums.
And by the way will PCQ please enable amending of profile and changing of password in the forums.