On another note my daughter created a profile picture for me so I now have that for my overall picture rather than the old shot of me having a beer in the pool a few years ago.
I tried it on my Acer Netbook and everything I tried worked. Firefox, not a problem. Software updates worked without a hiccup. The only thing is that it is a netbook so it was running a bit slow. At least I now know that it is the HP laptop that had a problem and not the distro itself. It would appear that I may have to try again and then see what causes the problems and if there are workarounds. I would like to make every machine in our house use one distro.