Known problems in Linux Mint Debian
ATI/nVidia drivers installation
LMDE now includes sgfxi.
To install the proprietary drivers for your nVidia or ATI card, perform the following operations:
- Make sure the computer is connected to the Internet
- Switch to console by pressing "CTRL ALT F1"
- Log in the console as "root" (use the password you chose during the installation)
- Launch sgfxi by typing "sgfxi"
- Follow the instructions on the screen
For more information about sgfxi:
Login and password for the live session
The Live session should log you in automatically. If it doesn't, or if you need to login manually (for instance, to try out Cinnamon), you can use the following credentials:
- For the username, type "mint"
- For the password, if asked, just press Enter.
Multi-core and multi-CPU support in 32-bit kernel
To guarantee compatibility with non-PAE processors, the 32-bit versions of Linux Mint Debian come with a 486 kernel by default. This kernel does not support SMP, and as a consequence is only able to detect one core and one CPU. If your CPU has multiple cores, or if you have more than one CPU, simply install the 686-PAE kernel and reboot your computer.
Type the following commands and reboot the computer:
apt install linux-headers-686-pae linux-image-686-pae
GTK theme and icons fail to load
Sometimes the MATE session fails to theme itself properly and shows up with ugly looking panels and icons. This is due to a race condition with MDM and it usually only happens in live mode. There are a number of workarounds for this. If it happens rarely, simply retheme the session by typing "mate-settings-daemon" and "killall caja". If the problem persists, you can add a "killall gnome-settings-daemon" and a "killall mate-settings-daemon" in the PreSession's default script for MDM. Alternatively you can switch to GDM3. Note that users reported similar issues between GDM and Gnome and even LightDM and Unity.
To find out more about this issue, refer to the following bug report.
Modprobe errors, warning messages during the boot sequence
The errors and warnings which appear in the boot sequence (especially the ones related to modprobe and mounts in the live boot sequence) are cosmetic bugs and can be ignored.
LMDE is based on Debian Testing. Make sure to read the known issues related to it.