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Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by rbvandyke » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:07 pm

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I'm looking to buy a 64-bit laptop to install Linux Mint on.

Back in December 2017 (almost two years ago as I type this) I installed Linux Mint 18.3 on an old 32-bit laptop. Linux in general, and Linux Mint in specific, has worked so well that it quickly became my preferred operating system. So now I want to install Linux Mint on a 64-bit laptop.

+ I don't play games so don't need a "gamer-powerful" platform.

+ I of course want hardware that's known to be reliable and that's well supported.

Cheers & thanks in advance,
Riley
SFO

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Linux Mint 18.3 on an old 32-bit ASUS laptop.

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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by carum carvi » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:12 pm

Buy a secondhand Lenovo Thinkpad T430 or T440. That would be my advice. A Thinkpad T430/440 is 6 to 4 years old. Intel I3 or Intel I5 processor. 4 to 8 GB RAM. Displayport. Usb3. Dvdrw drive. Of course it is 64 bit. Will cost between 150 - 250 dollars. That might sound like a lot for a secondhand computer, but those Thinkpad laptops have excellent compatibility with LinuxMint.

Brand new they cost over a 1000 dollars, secondhand they are still very reliable for years. They are built like a tank. There are many spare parts available online for Lenovo Thinkpad's. There is a helpful and thriving Thinkpad forum as well. And the Thinkpad has many fans on this very LinuxMint forum. It simply will work flawlessly alongside LinuxMint whereas many newer computers carry the risk of having 1 or 2 annoying hardware compatibility problems, which can or cant be solved (easily). In general older hardware has got better support for LinuxMint than newer hardware.

I have bought a Lenovo Thinkpad secondhand a year ago, I am gonna buy another one soon... :D
DELL sells computers with Linux installed as well. So in general Lenovo and DELL are both good starting points to start a search for a computer with excellent compatibility. I like to play it safe and simple though. I asked your same question a year ago and I got many recommendations for the Thinkdpad T series. So I bought one and I enjoy it very much...

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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by rbvandyke » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:45 pm

Thanks for that carum carvi -- information that I did not have that is very helpful...
Linux Mint 18.3 on an old 32-bit ASUS laptop.

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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by DisturbedDragon » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:30 pm

I have a Lenovo Ideapad 720S. Bought it new a year ago from Lenovo. $550 US. Ryzen 5 2600, 8GB RAM and 512 VNMe, aluminum, beautiful display, USB C charging and so on. Installed Mint the day I received it and everything works flawlessly.
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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by deepakdeshp » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:39 pm

This should give you a wide choice.
https://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/welcome
If I have helped you solve a problem, please add [SOLVED] to your first post title, it helps other users looking for help, and keeps the forum clean.
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I am using Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD A8/7410 processor . Memory 8GB

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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by rbvandyke » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:27 pm

Thanks so much to everyone -- I've learned a lot in 7 hours. Contrast this with me having asked same question in multiple forums and received no substantive responses. Cheers & thanx 'gain, Riley SFO
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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by AndyMH » Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:44 am

As I have three thinkpad T430's I think you know what my advice will be :D If you go for a newer one such as the T440, go for the T440p. Most thinkpads come in slightly different variants and it is worth checking the specs before you buy. I paid less than £100 for my last T430 (ebay), it came with 8G RAM and a 500G HDD (no OS), condition was outstanding for the price (I'd rate it as grade B+). You can save a lot of money second-hand.
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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by rbvandyke » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:18 pm

I today came across this article about System76's Linux laptops:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevang ... -firmware/
Beginning today, System76 will start taking pre-orders for both the Galago Pro and Darter Pro laptops. The systems will ship out later in October, and include the company’s Coreboot-based open source firmware which was previously teased at the 2019 Open Source Firmware Conference.
Again, thanks to all who have responded. Your comments have been genuinely informative and helpful.

Riley
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Linux Mint 18.3 on an old 32-bit ASUS laptop.

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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by deepakdeshp » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:40 pm

rbvandyke wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:18 pm
I today came across this article about System76's Linux laptops:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevang ... -firmware/
Beginning today, System76 will start taking pre-orders for both the Galago Pro and Darter Pro laptops. The systems will ship out later in October, and include the company’s Coreboot-based open source firmware which was previously teased at the 2019 Open Source Firmware Conference.
Again, thanks to all who have responded. Your comments have been genuinely informative and helpful.

Riley
SFO
Is core boot compatible with Mint? I thought that was your goal?
If I have helped you solve a problem, please add [SOLVED] to your first post title, it helps other users looking for help, and keeps the forum clean.
Regards,
Deepak

I am using Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD A8/7410 processor . Memory 8GB

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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by catweazel » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:09 pm

rbvandyke wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:18 pm
I today came across this article about System76's Linux laptops:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevang ... -firmware/
The Mint grub should support that device as it's GrUB2.
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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by rbvandyke » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:27 pm

Is core boot compatible with Mint? I thought that was your goal?
So does that comment mean that if one wants to install a particular Linux distribution, then one needs to consider the brand of BIOS?

This is the sort of information I hoped to acquire when I created my question. In this case it sounds like System76 laptops may be "wonderful" for certain Linux distributions but not all...?
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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by Petermint » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:34 pm

Batteries last between 1000 and 3000 charges. Once per day, that is between 3 years and 9 years. The fans fill up with junk. If you can replace the battery and clean out the fan, everything should work. New chips take between 6 months and a year to get a reliable driver. Any popular notebook over a year old should have support.

One of the problems with some brands is the constant change. Every batch may be from a different factory with major changes to the internal components. The best test is to take a live Linux Mint on a bootable USB stick and test the notebook. Run some of the commands to list the hardware at the chip level.

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Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Post by catweazel » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:37 pm

rbvandyke wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:27 pm
This is the sort of information I hoped to acquired when I created my question.
A search of the forum will reveal that people with a system76 system have had varying issues.
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