Even more updates, and another problem... or just a lingering one.
I got the Battery Monitor to work. I had ACPI=off and nolapic but there was a typo in my apm code... caught it and now we're running good. (nearly 3 hour battery life!)
On to the problem. Wireless. I've had nothing but trouble trying to get a USB wireless adapter to do anything on this set up. (Ubuntu Server + Xfce) I got the adapter to use on the Desktop builds I do in my basement so I can update the software without having to unhook/rehook my main machine, and since I have this Laptop, I'd like to use it for that too. I've installed Ndiswrapper and installed the drivers (following the instructions from this HOWTO
), but it doesn't even recognize there is anything in the port (lsusb yields nothing). But when I plug in my thumbdrive, it picks it up fine... (though there are some minor mounting issues, sometimes it automounts, sometimes I have to manually do it). I installed various Network packages thinking there was some software missing and none of those seemed to work. What am I missing here? I got it to work sporadically on a desktop running Xubuntu, but sometimes it recognizes it and sometimes it doesn't. (its a TrendNET TEW-444UB)
Two other points, thanks bthylafh for the help. I'll look into those players and let you know what I think. Secondly, how will Epiphany compare vs. Opera? I don't plan on putting much on this machine, but I did notice that the Server install + Xfce + Synaptic + Opera + a few other packages adds up to 1.7 GB of space... this seems like an AWFUL lot. It has a 6.5GB drive and I've allocated ~500MB to swap, and haven't installed excessive packages but only have 4.3GB left. Why would it need 1.7 GB of space? Its a fairly minor complaint, but that goes into the 'should I reinstall' question. I regularly remove packages that I've installed and don't feel are necessary or don't give me what I'm looking for, though I worry I might miss some.
I'll also add the hdparm package, will I access this through GUI or through the terminal? I'll let you know how I fair at getting the added speed from my drives.
320 MB RAM