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by iain_33
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?
Replies: 17
Views: 719

Re: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?

I did some Googling about finding which SATA version I have, and came across using dmesg in Linux, so I've started up a Live CD session and put it into the terminal: mint@mint:~$ dmesg | grep -i sata | grep -i "link up" [ 10.492083] ata1: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300) [ ...
by iain_33
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?
Replies: 17
Views: 719

Re: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?

My laptop's a HP G70-110EM from 2008/09, I'm not sure what SATA version it has but according to Windows Device Manager the HDD controller is an "Intel(R) ICH9M/M-E Family 4 Port SATA AHCI Controller - 2929". (edit: from the release dates on the SATA wiki page I reckon it's SATA 2) In the B...
by iain_33
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?
Replies: 17
Views: 719

Replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD ... feasible?

In my ponderings about how to install Linux (replace Windows or dual-boot) and how to partition, and/or whether to buy a bigger HDD, I struck upon the possibility of replacing my laptop's DVD drive with an SSD and put the operating system(s) on there. It looks quite straightforward on this site and ...
by iain_33
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Mint on an old laptop?
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

Re: Mint on an old laptop?

Thanks for all the advice folks, I've not had time to do anything about it over Christmas but it has given me chance to mull over the options ... I'm torn between wiping the HDD, re-partitioning it and having a Mint / Win10 dual boot setup "just in case" (and reinstalling Windows would pro...
by iain_33
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Mint on an old laptop?
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

Re: Mint on an old laptop?

An update: I'm writing this from a live CD session of Mint 19.1 MATE 64-bit ... I decided to start with the latest version (not expecting success) and work backwards until I found one that suited, and to my surprise the latest edition works like a charm ... well, it did until I installed Shotwell an...
by iain_33
Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Mint on an old laptop?
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

Re: Mint on an old laptop?

Well then, all this time and I thought it was a 32-bit system :lol: I seem to remember the documentation said its maximum RAM was 4GB which doesn't make sense if it's a 64 bit CPU, could something else limit it? Thanks for the advice so far, I'll download a few live discs, start with Mate x86_64 and...
by iain_33
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Mint on an old laptop?
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

Mint on an old laptop?

Hello, sort-of newbie here - I used Linux Mint a few years back and posted a bit on here, before returning to Windows and subsequently forgetting my login details for this forum :wink: I'm looking to give Mint another go, but my laptop is getting on a bit so just wondering what my options are. My la...

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