I now have a fully working dual-boot system (Linux Mint 13 Cinammon/Windows XP64 Pro) and for this I must thank all those who have offered advice and assistance. I feel I must particularly mention Mark Greaves who, I feel, has gone ‘above and beyond’ as the saying goes.
Now to the fine tuning. I have set the Linux disk as first in the priority list and this gives me a boot option list which includes: Linux Mint, Linux Mint recovery, memory test, and 2 Widows XP options. The reason it gives me 2 options is that I have one hard drive with the Win XP OS on it, and a second, separate, drive with XP generated files thereon but no OS. This is my work and personal storage area.
Which is the Linux file that I edit (sudo gedit?) to delete this latter disk from the boot options?
Now to a more tricky question: -
Is there a good source of driver files that have been written for Linux?
I am thinking of: -
Kodak ESP3250 printer/scanner, which prints O.K. from Linux, but a hell of a lot slower than in Windows. I haven’t yet checked its scanning capabilities.
ATI Radeon HD 5750 Graphics Card, which Linux managed to default straight to the optimum 1920 x 1080 resolution - clever!, but I haven’t yet tested it with a graphic program.
Logitech M100 wheel mouse. I like to set the ‘wheel click’ to ‘double click’ and haven’t found how to do this in Linux.
I don’t think, please correct me if I am wrong, that I need to worry about USB connected devices as they all seem to function O.K.
The only other things, at the moment, are system maintenance and firewall/anti-virus protection. I currently use, under Windows, “Winzip System Utilities Suite” for maintenance, e.g. updating of drivers, registry optimization etc., “Avast Internet Security” for protection and “Rapport” to protect sites where I am using passwords and/or moving money. The first 2 are both ‘annual subscription’ software, as I have always felt that my smooth running and protection are features too important to left to the tender mercies of ‘freebie’ offerings, and the 3rd is supplied free by the banking system.
What do Linux users recommend for these functions?
I also use “Acronis Disk Director” on the rare occasions I need to manipulate partitions.
What is the equivalent in Linux?
Is there a site from which I can download a ‘how to’ manual for Linux?
Looking back over this, and previous, diatribes I feel I am probably overstaying my welcome, but I am so pleased with the way Linux behaves that I am really trying to shift to using it as my ‘first choice’ OS, so would really appreciate any help that can be offered.