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Hi - from Eastern PA USA,

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Hi - from Eastern PA USA,

I finally decided to jump start my 'introduction' to Linux (after too many years of downloading various 'distros' -- but then not installing them :) ) -- by buying an old laptop (Dell) with Linux Mint 18/Sarah pre-installed (Ebay).

Now I have to figure out what I got myself into. At this point, all I know is the D620 boots into Mint 18 fine. My first task is to check the hardware specs -- terminal use? (To check what the seller 'really' included.) That is the limit of my Linux use.

I'm coming from the Windows world, with 4-5 working Windows XP systems (plus couple of Win 7 systems). (I refused to 'upgrade' to Windows 10, knowing that I wanted to spend that time and effort on Linux -- someday. Win10 is so different anyway).

I am an old EE, turned into a programmer (sort of) during last 10-15 years before retiring. So -- there is hope.

So, wish me luck. And I will be back here--lots !

Bill
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welcome to the forum
:D

Do take the Time to Read the Mint Users Guide that came with the installation.

it's great that you got the old Dell working again.

type this into Terminal:

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inxi -Fxz
and copy the result, into a file,
so that you know, what the machine's hardware, is actually composed of.
- regardless of what the seller told you. . ..
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Welcome aboard, billy85!
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Pierre wrote:welcome to the forum
:D

Do take the Time to Read the Mint Users Guide that came with the installation.

it's great that you got the old Dell working again.

type this into Terminal:

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inxi -Fxz
and copy the result, into a file,
so that you know, what the machine's hardware, is actually composed of.
- regardless of what the seller told you. . ..
Welcome, Billy

If you want even more detail than the above command, you can get a really detailed hardware list in a .html file by entering this command in the terminal:

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sudo lshw -html > hardware_list.html
When you execute the command, it will ask for your password - there will not be any dots or asterisks feedback as you type in the password.

The file hardware_list.html will be in your home folder.
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welcome to the Mint family forums

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Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum.
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Welcome to Linux Mint and the forums! :)
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