Upgrading Down Hill

Yes, it is that time, time to do some house cleaning on the old PC, get rid of the ever growing directory of “spent off files” and drivers, and start with something that resembles shinny and new. Yeah, well… Somehow, the best laid out plans can go into the black hole pit of doom, leaving a quick regress to the back-up “save my butt” revert button. It worked, and yes, I did have to use the old backup tool: to save my butt.

First, let me stress the importance of creating back-ups of all your data. Especially when you are one hundred per cent sure that the upgrade will according to plan. Never skip this step–or you will be sorry one day.  I was thankful I did not skip it–really.

My main goal was to upgrade openGL on my graphics card so that I could maximize my 3D software. All was going well until it was apparent that my card was at almost dinosaur status, and I will need to buy a newer version before to long. As I going through the upgrade process, I notice my graphics resolution get bigger and bigger. I run Linux, so the results are far different than other operating systems, but when you see this, it usually means that you have graphics card problems, and best to run away, far away–to the hills. I went ahead and put my faith into the programmers that I would come out victorious! I am such a fool…

I installed and upgraded to the newest Kernel, 4.54… something, and things got worse. Reboot after reboot, going into recovery mode, my plummet into the pit of doom crossed the event horizon. Sadly, my fall now meant that must wipe out the drive, and start from scratch: a clean install. Something I should have done in the first place, with hind sight being twenty-twenty.

Fortunately in Linux, installations times are short–ridiculously short when comparing it to those other guys. Moving up to the last-greatest Linux Mint 19, proved futile. The hardware was buggy, and I zeroed it down to the graphics card. So back to Mint 18.3, and setting everything back to what I had prior to upgrading.

For an investment of nearly five hours, there were no fruit to bare on this tree, just me licking my wounds, still seeing the image of my monitor burnt into the backs of my eyes when I close them. I see now that I will have to buy another monster graphic card to keep my artistic juices flowing at peak capacity. Time to shell out a bunch of clams for the privilege of using the latest greatest software for 2018/19.

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