Yesterday, I decided that it was time to move beyond Windows as the operating system for my computer. It’s not that I don’t like Windows, but I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated by little issues with my computer. Plus, I’ve had that itch to get back into using Linux primarily because I like Linux. It’s different, and I enjoy stuff like that. I personally enjoy using things like package managers to handle the content on my computer. So, yesterday was the day to finally switch completely to Linux.
At the same time, I felt like I had something to prove to my brother and my best friend who were visiting. They both know that I enjoy Linux and wondered if I would ever fully switch. While they were here, I was working on setting up my computer. I decided to try a new OS that I hadn’t tried yet, and I heard some good things about Pop!, so I downloaded it and installed it. I really liked the look of it, but I struggled getting some of the stuff I normally use in Linux installed on the OS, so I figured to try an OS I’ve used before: Linux Mint.
Mint was the OS that got me to actually like Linux. I had tried Linux off and on for a few years but always got frustrated trying to get it set up. Mint was the OS that got me to fall in love with Linux, so it is always my go to selection when another one just isn’t working well for me. I hopped on the Mint website, downloaded the most recent iso, and installed it on my flash drive. Then I rebooted. The OS wouldn’t load.
At this point, both my brother and best friend were asking me if I had screwed up my computer because the screen would get a whole bunch of lines and then just go to a blank screen when I tried to boot off my flash drive. I wasn’t sure what was going on, so I tried again. Same results. I started doing some digging on a different computer to see what might be going wrong and someone mentioned having issues using USB 3 drives and that they installed it on a USB 2 port and worked. So, I tried that. No luck. Then I burned the iso to a disk. No luck. So I decided to go back to Pop! to see if I could get that to work. The OS started giving me issues like not responding to my keyboard from time to time.
During this whole time, both my brother and friend were finding this rather amusing. “Mr. Linux is having trouble with his computer,” and I was getting increasingly frustrated. After awhile, they both had left, and I was left to myself to figure out what was going on. After some troubleshooting and digging, I decided the only thing I could do at this point was get Windows back on the computer for now, so I spent the last hour of my day reinstalling Windows and getting that running again.
I’m not sure what I did wrong, but it was rather annoying because of the timing. Usually, I’m good troubleshooting issues, but I think it was just the situation that got to me. I’m still curious what was up with Mint not wanting to boot. Guess I’ll get that working some day. Until then, I guess I’m still a Windows user.