Wireless adapter and video question

From: Dan Eveland 
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OK, so I have this linux box I have been using as a VirtualBox server. Intel i5, 32GB RAM. But I had it as a headless server so was using the really bad built-in video so set it up and do BIOS updates, whereas it was without a monitor 99% of the time.

I no longer need it, so I was going to repurpose it into a system my kids can use. I still want to use linux, so I intend on installing Ubuntu 12.04 desktop.

However, I need three things:

< $100 video card
Wireless adapter card (preferably N but good range as router is on opposite side of house)
Video camera for Skype/Google Hangouts

Would you all please recommend items that are super-easy to install (software-wise) and has great driver support in Linux (and Ubuntu specifically)? They will be surfing the web, doing homework and playing Minecraft (Java app I think) a lot and any other good Ubuntu/Linux compatible games.

I'm really trying to avoid anything that requires hand configuration and editing my video conf files. Booting into single-user mode to install is OK if needed.

Thank you very much.

Dan



=============================================================== From: Phil Shapiro ------------------------------------------------------ Dan, Linux Mint is the best way to go to have Java preinstalled on your distro. Logitech webcams tend to be Linux compatible (and they're good quality, anyway.) phil ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Eveland" To: chugalug@chugalug.org Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:25:10 AM Subject: [Chugalug] Wireless adapter and video question OK, so I have this linux box I have been using as a VirtualBox server. Intel i5, 32GB RAM. But I had it as a headless server so was using the really bad built-in video so set it up and do BIOS updates, whereas it was without a monitor 99% of the time. I no longer need it, so I was going to repurpose it into a system my kids can use. I still want to use linux, so I intend on installing Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. However, I need three things: < $100 video card Wireless adapter card (preferably N but good range as router is on opposite side of house) Video camera for Skype/Google Hangouts Would you all please recommend items that are super-easy to install (software-wise) and has great driver support in Linux (and Ubuntu specifically)? They will be surfing the web, doing homework and playing Minecraft (Java app I think) a lot and any other good Ubuntu/Linux compatible games. I'm really trying to avoid anything that requires hand configuration and editing my video conf files. Booting into single-user mode to install is OK if needed. Thank you very much. Dan

=============================================================== From: Michael Scholten ------------------------------------------------------ +1 Linux Mint (which I'm sure you know is built off of Ubuntu). I really like using Ubuntu with Unity but having said that, Mint Mate is very easy to navigate and manage. Mint 13 is their LTS and Mate is my preferred version. -Michael

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ What i5 is it? Are you sure the video is really that bad? I have a i7-2600K (not overclocked) that I run Ubuntu 13.04 with dual monitors (22") using the Intel on-chip video. I use it with Google+ Hangouts, Netflix (Netflix desktop), Amazon Prime, etc., etc. I pretty regularly watch an episode of a TV show on one monitor while working on the other. The USB video camera in my Dell 22" monitor works out of the box. I have one of these that I used with 12.04 on an old laptop: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004544YH2/ref=wms

=============================================================== From: Dan Eveland ------------------------------------------------------ Eric, my on-board video has crashed Ubuntu on restart if any monitor is attached. If you attach a monitor on boot, all is well. On any reboot, it locks up if there is an active monitor attached. I spent many hours with version of Linux and BIOS updates to no avail. Even a different monitor. I didn't care too much because it's a headless server. But now I want to bypass that whole issue with a separate card. It may be a problem wit this particular MB's built-in video, but I'm not going to take it apart or anything to find out. I can only assume it's when it tries to send a signal to tell the monitor to sleep to it's trying to flush out the video memory or something. It's an Asus motherboard. P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard. Thank you for the other info.

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ That's kind of nuts. But I just upgraded from a Gigabyte MB to an Intel MB for my desktop box because there's a capacitor on the Gigabyte that squeals. My desktop has one 8cm fan on the CPU that turns at a slow rate. It's the only moving part (unless I insert a DVD). Oddly, if I boot into Win7 the squealing goes away. I have a bunch of video cards I'd be happy to send you one.Bbut you can probably find one with free shipping on Amazon that costs less than what it would cost to ship you one of mine. I'd try an nVidia 210: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Express-Graphics-512-P3-1310-LR/dp/B004H4XE6W They are popular in media player boxes so it should stream video well. Several reviews on Amazon from Linux users. -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734