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Looking to try Linux Mint on my HP G60-123CL Notebook PC


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#1 InquisitaB

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 11:24 AM

Good morning,

 

The performance of Windows Vista on my old HP laptop led me here to see if there were any ways to speed it up.  pcpunk suggested I give Linux a try and that I should post here to get some help setting it up.  I've settled on the Mint Distro and pcpunk recommended version 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon (64bit).

 

Here are the details on my HP: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01574162

 

I'm posting this now at work on the West Coast so I won't be able to start the process until this evening.

 

In terms of tech savvy I'm about a 4.5/10 (no experience coding or programming but I can navigate Windows with zero issues) so I appreciate any assistance that can keep things fairly laymen for the moment.  

 

Thanks! 



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Posted 10 October 2016 - 12:15 PM

Hi, looks like great advice from pcpunk. :)

Please feel free to fire away with any questions you may have.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 01:23 PM

Sure thing.  So what do I need to do to get started this evening?  To start I'd like to try it out via USB rather than installing it on the computer's hard drive.   



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Posted 10 October 2016 - 01:54 PM

To create a live USB in Windows, I suggest using UNetbootin:

https://unetbootin.github.io/ (download the Windows version)

It's fairly self-explanatory to use, and you can use it to download the Mint ISO, or use a Mint ISO that you have already downloaded.

Edited by Al1000, 10 October 2016 - 01:55 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 02:18 PM

What size flash drive would you recommend?  I have an older thumb drive with about 7GB of space.  Will that be sufficient or will I need a good amount more?



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Posted 10 October 2016 - 03:34 PM

That's fine for a live USB.

Just make sure there are no files on the USB (that you want to keep) beforehand.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 04:49 PM

That's fine for a live USB.

Just make sure there are no files on the USB (that you want to keep) beforehand.

And or, if you have a DVD-R or DVD-RW laying around you could use that.  Like I said earlier the USB will be more fun to use, it is much faster, especially if it is of good quality.  An 8GB will be fine, or even if you have a 4GB would work also.  It's well worth it IMO to buy an 8GB to use for this.

 

Here is the download site for the Linux Mint iso file.  Choose the Mirror closest to you, Under "Download mirrors"

https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=204

 

Once the iso is downloaded we need/should check it to see if the download went well.  If you are familiar with Download Managers, it would be a good idea to use one, especially if it has the option to Verify the download.  If help is needed just say the word.


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 06:29 PM

To create a live USB in Windows, I suggest using UNetbootin:

https://unetbootin.github.io/ (download the Windows version)

It's fairly self-explanatory to use, and you can use it to download the Mint ISO, or use a Mint ISO that you have already downloaded.

With all due respect to Our Moderator Al1000, I find "Universal USB Installer" to be better and faster to Boot.  It also supports the Download of "17.3" which is the latest of the 17 Series and the most refined.  Unetbootin Only supports Downloading "17.2" and is a little slower to Boot for me.

 

Here is the Download for Universal USB Installer if you want.  Just download it to a Folder in Downloads or where ever you want.  Then you just Click on it to Start it, both of them are Standalone/Portable, so they don't even need installing.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 

This can be done a few different ways, so when you get time tell us what info you need.

 

1. This first way would be to download the iso and then use the installer to grab the iso in your Download File/Folder.

 

2. The Second way would be to use the Installer to download AND install to USB all in one, either way is fine.

 

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 09:37 PM

OK, thanks for both of your help already.  I've downloaded both the Mint ISO and the Universal USB Installer.  I ran checksum on the Mint ISO and received the following results:

 

MD5: E71A2AAD8B58605E906DBEA444DC4983

SHA-1:EA7C906066D2D8E63FC6C0175482196F13AEF8DE

 

What are my next steps?



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Posted 10 October 2016 - 10:22 PM

So I installed and am now running Linux Mint.  Unfortunately the screen is flickering constantly.  I'm curious if this is a result of issues with my Nvidia driver which I've Linux can have issues with. 



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:36 AM

You should be using an open-source driver (probably noveau) at the moment.

Click on the terminal icon on the panel (panel in Linux = taskbar in Windows) to open a terminal, then run the command below, and paste the output into a post.
 
inxi -Fxz

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:24 AM

Here you go:

 

System:    Host: mint Kernel: 3.19.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.2)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 2.8.6 (Gtk 3.10.8~8+qiana)
           Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP G60 Notebook PC v: F.24
           Mobo: Wistron model: 303C v: 08.40
           Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: F.24 date: 09/03/2008
CPU:       Dual core AMD Turion RM-70 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 svm) bmips: 7999
           clock speeds: max: 2000 MHz 1: 500 MHz 2: 500 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA C77 [GeForce 8200M G] bus-ID: 02:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.17.1 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.1hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVAA
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.5.9 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card NVIDIA MCP72XE/MCP72P/MCP78U/MCP78S High Definition Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:07.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.19.0-32-generic
Network:   Card-1: NVIDIA MCP77 Ethernet
           driver: forcedeth port: 30f8 bus-ID: 00:0a.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
           driver: ath9k bus-ID: 07:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 328.3GB (0.5% used)
           ID-1: USB /dev/sda model: Flash_Disk size: 8.2GB temp: 0C
           ID-2: /dev/sdc model: TOSHIBA_MK3252GS size: 320.1GB temp: 56C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 1.4G used: 56M (5%) fs: overlay dev: N/A
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 87.5C mobo: 80.0C gpu: 109.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 167 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 582.4/2756.0MB
           Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.111) inxi: 2.2.28
 



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:48 AM

As I suspected you are using the open source "nouveau" driver, but when you come to install Mint you should have the option of installing an Nvidia driver.

Open "Driver Manager" from the menu, and see if an Nvidia driver is recommended.

Edited by Al1000, 11 October 2016 - 01:50 AM.
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Posted 11 October 2016 - 02:03 AM

Nvidia is recommended and I selected it and hit apply changes.  The screen is still flickering with every keystroke. 



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 02:10 AM

Can you post the output of the same command again so that I can see if there have been any changes?




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