Sorry, I just love stories that start off that way. I finally paved over Win XP with Mint (MATE) and the first experimental box in my home lab is now 100% Linux. Damn that feels good!
It occurred to me that there may never be a better time to start playing around with stuff then about 5 minutes after a fresh install. Gary turned me on to some great backup and restore software (Aptik & TimeShift) but I Wanted to do some things now, not after a bunch of updates, etc.
So, I got started with that wonderful toy I keep hearing about called VirtualBox. Caught a few snags, but eventually got it up and going. The first thing (the only thing) I tried on it has been Ubuntu 16. Runs pretty bad right now, very sluggish. Tried some different stuff, including YouTube which stutters, hesitates, freezes, and even makes my mouse cursor disappear for brief moments of time.
I've tried playing with the settings, but not much has seemed to help. Also, I have some other issues that come up when it comes to settings, etc. For one, I had to install a 32-bit version of Ubuntu because it will not give me the 64-bit option - even though I'm running Mint 64-bit. I've tried BIOS settings and a few of the other things that I was brave enough to risk, but nothing changed. Also, the first time I tried to install Ubuntu, I got some error ("VT-x is not available) message that many Google search results claim to have something to do with virtualization. Back to the BIOS I go and tried some other things for that as well. No luck.
The thing that finally worked was advice from a post on StackOverflow that suggested I drop my RAM setting from where it was (4 MB in my case) down to 3175 MB or less. That just seemed strange and ambiguous, but I was still trying stuff, so what the heck? Well, it worked, Ubuntu started installing straight away the very next time I tried it after messing with the RAM. That was weird.
Next, after it installed and restarted, I kept getting a screen full of different colored lines where the Virtual screen should have been. Back to Google... Seems that using the Right CTRL key pressed at the same time as the F1 key changed the screen around, and if immediately followed it up with the Right CTRL pressed at the same time as the F7 key, the screen would flash and then appear normal. Not sure what that's all about, but it seems to reset the screen somehow. All I know is that it works.
So, I finally had it up and running and that's when I tried YouTube and some other sites. It seems only videos really hammer the system and cause huge lag spikes, mouse issues, etc. Some other sites took a bit longer than normal to load, and sometimes graphics (such as PhotoBucket) sites would take longer to load or render images. But it was mostly sites with video players that really seemed to piss it off the most. Of course, all this was done with no extra plug-ins for protection or ad-blocking or anything. I wanted to see how performance was in the raw before disabling everything in sight (which is what I will eventually do!)
I also noticed that when I moved the Ubuntu ISO from my Desktop and put it in a folder, VirtualBox didn't like that very much either. That seems strange because I swear I set up the virtual drive with 10 GB of space for Ubuntu to be installed on. So why would it care about the ISO once it was allegedly installed?
I've got many more things to try, and other distro's to try. But for now, even running sluggish, VirtualBox is kicking Dual-Boot's butt all over the place. I'll keep trying to adjust settings and see what else happens. It's only got one core dedicated to it right now, and maybe 1GB of video RAM. The RAM setting is at 3175 because that seems to be the only way it will even start right now. But I'll keep trying.
Anyone has any ideas, advice, etc., about VirtualBox (or related) please post away. Being brand new at this, I'm looking for all the insight I can get.
And a big thanks to all of you for helping me get this far!!!
Edited by Al1000, 04 February 2017 - 05:43 PM.
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