Thanks for the reply.
It’s a brand new cable so while it’s unlikely that that is the culprit, it is possible. I don’t have any way to test that, short of getting an adapter and another cable. I’ve got lots of cables in my ‘computer graveyard’ (a 30-gallon plastic tote) so maybe I’ll pick up another adapter and see.
As for the ports, yeah. I plugged a different hub (I have four or five floating around here, I almost never get rid of computer stuff) and plugged my two 1Tb external drives into a different port on the lappy and Budgie recognized both right away.
I plugged both of my phones into the same hub and tho they’re charging, the system didn’t seem to open them up. But that might be my phone settings and I haven’t had coffee yet, so I’ll mess with those.
Otherwise, I’m loving the heck out of Budgie. I just installed Zoom (to yak with my daughters and grandkids) and it worked, perfectly, ‘right out of the box’.
Insofar as watching the movies and tv shows I have on the one external (the other one’s almost empty), I can just pop that into the usb port on my other Roku that I use for an Xbox monitor and that should be fine.
I had a setup in Minnesota when I lived there, where I used the laptop (with it folded shut, wireless mouse/kb and lots of externals) sort of as a mini-docking station. I had two monitors hooked up at that time, using Linux Mint (this was about a decade ago). I tried the standard Ubuntu at first, and tho the screen would light up on the second monitor, it would just stay green and I couldn’t do anything with it. I switched the laptop over to Linux Mint and immediately it recognized the second monitor and was like, “oh, yeah, here you go, two displays, w00t!”
So I’m hoping to do something similar here. I may buy a newer laptop with the money I get from my tower and sell this one or give it to a family member. They’re not real computer-literate, so I can set it up so that they can surf the net and watch youtube and go on social media, and not have to worry as much about viruses and trojans and the like.