Well got it working- commented out extra lines in Interface, undid the manual MAC change I did in network connections box and used those edit lines in the interfaces... but it might have been working all along- it is showing NO network icon of any type (which it also did before sometimes). Before there was no way to know what and where the Wifi connections were too, but that seemed to be cured when I added "auto wlan0" in interfaces file, Only found it by opening Skype -best real meter if you have live Internet. Know any way to add or force an icon to display connection always-some tiny program? Can open network tools, but that's awkward
This is good- first Internet I've had on it in 2-3 weeks. Was using old Windows XP Celeron from trans. agency, and that could get infected, or they demand it back. Had to do updates from 2006 and update all progs.
Does spoofing MAC address protect you from some infections, spyware, or hassles.
If my computer didn't reject peppermint 3+ 4 (disc doesn't load properly, but it does on desktop)- think I might have damaged live USB, I'd install that but I wonder if 7 year old machine is runnable on Ub 12.4 - are there hardware requirements (or lack of) that my beast can't handle. Would love to fix that crazy screen hysteria on return from suspend- have to reboot 70% of time.