It may be that you are one of the millions who will never know the joys of Vectoring with Linux. I hope not. Seems to me you are a real trouper. As someone who a few years back was suffering many problems similar to those that you are having (and who still relies heavily on this forum), I encourage you to stay the course. Once out of the Windows trap, things look up. I'm reminded here of Tom Jefferson, I think it was, who said that he preferred the boisterous sea of freedom to the calm waters of despotism.