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Greetings from a Linux neophyte in NC

Postby TangleWeb on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:15 pm

Greetings all!

Just a quick hello before I post for help installing Mint on an older Dell Optiplex 740, with an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ dual-core processor and 4 GB of RAM. Like the even older Compaq I tried it on yesterday, Mint doesn't seem to like the integrated Graphics, in this case, the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Graphics chipset.

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Re: Greetings from a Linux neophyte in NC

Postby The-Wizard on Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:51 pm

welcome to the mint family forums

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whilst running mint from live dvd try going Menu...all applications... and select additional drivers, provided you are internet connected it will search the mint data base for the best drivers and give you the option to install if it finds them
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Re: Greetings from a Linux neophyte in NC

Postby TangleWeb on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:08 pm

The-Wizard wrote:welcome to the mint family forums

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whilst running mint from live dvd try going Menu...all applications... and select additional drivers, provided you are internet connected it will search the mint data base for the best drivers and give you the option to install if it finds them

That's good to know.

My problem is that the I never see the Linux Live desktop. It displays as a broken up color background. Oddly enough, the 32-bit install DVD boots to the live desktop, but the 64-bit does not. Both downloaded in the past couple of days (14.1)
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Re: Greetings from a Linux neophyte in NC

Postby The-Wizard on Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:37 pm

may be that although you have a 64 capable processor the motherboard may only be 32 bit sorry never had a del so im not sure what they use
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Re: Greetings from a Linux neophyte in NC

Postby TangleWeb on Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:39 pm

The-Wizard wrote:may be that although you have a 64 capable processor the motherboard may only be 32 bit sorry never had a del so im not sure what they use

Probably not that, because I have Windows 8 64-bit on the same PC, but a different hard drive.

I did install the 32-bit version of Mint on it & it's running nicely. Now to figure out how to share out the printer, so others in the house can print :)
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Re: Greetings from a Linux neophyte in NC

Postby jesica on Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:36 am

Good day.
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Re: Greetings from a Linux neophyte in NC

Postby TangleWeb on Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:23 pm

jesica wrote:Good day.
Welcome to the forum.
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Thank you! :)

An update; I installed a PCIe card I had available (ATI Radeon X1300 256mb) & once I did, I was able to boot to the 64-bit version of Mint 14.1. I installed it alongside the 32-bit version, so I can boot into either.

I also have two 1 GB sticks of RAM coming for the older Compaq desktop (AMD 3000+ CPU) that I had originally intended to be my "Mint Box", so I can have Windows 8 AND Mint up at the same time.
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