How I installed Mint 19 XFCE on an Oryx Pro

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How I installed Mint 19 XFCE on an Oryx Pro

Post by pschmidt » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:26 pm

The following detailed steps are what I did to get Mint 19 installed on a brand new Oryx Pro. Hopefully others will find this helpful.

First, here's my hardware:

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phil@muon:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: muon Kernel: 4.15.0-34-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.31) Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara
Machine:   Device: laptop System: System76 product: Oryx Pro v: oryp4-b serial: N/A
           Mobo: System76 model: Oryx Pro v: oryp4-b serial: N/A
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: 1.07.05RSA3S76 date: 06/14/2018
Battery    BAT0: charge: 65.9 Wh 100.0% condition: 65.9/66.9 Wh (99%)
           model: Notebook BAT status: Full
CPU:       6 core Intel Core i7-8750H (-MT-MCP-) 
           arch: Skylake rev.10 cache: 9216 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 26496
           clock speeds: max: 4100 MHz 1: 2877 MHz 2: 3789 MHz 3: 3660 MHz
           4: 3602 MHz 5: 3785 MHz 6: 3611 MHz 7: 3221 MHz 8: 3410 MHz
           9: 3785 MHz 10: 3571 MHz 11: 3773 MHz 12: 3701 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 3e9b bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GP106M [GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: modesetting,nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@144.01hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1060/PCIe/SSE2
           version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 396.54 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel Device a348 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
           Card-2 NVIDIA GP106 High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-34-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 bus-ID: 6f:00.0
           IF: enp111s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Wireless 8265 / 8275 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 71:00.0
           IF: wlp113s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2500.5GB (10.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: Samsung_SSD_970_EVO_500GB size: 500.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sda model: ST2000LX001 size: 2000.4GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 457G used: 15G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 41.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:42C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 2840
Info:      Processes: 265 Uptime: 12:02 Memory: 2581.8/15869.3MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191) inxi: 2.3.56 
phil@muon:~$ 
The following are my installation notes, exactly as I captured them.

Start by creating a bootable USB stick, using https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=258. Be sure to verify this!

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=== POWER 1 ======================================================================
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With PC off, insert Mint 19 USB stick
Start the PC, holding F7.
When the blue boot options screen appears, select the USB to boot.
Grub should start.
Highlight the line
Start Linux Mint 19 Xfce 64-bit
Press 'e'
In the grub screen on the linux line, replace "quiet splash", with "nouveau.modeset=0"
Press F10 to start Mint.
After Mint starts, open the "Install Linux Mint" application
Connect to the network
Check "Install 3rd party software..."
Wait patiently - a few minutes.
Select "Erase disk and install Linux Mint"
Use /dev/nvme0n1 (ext4)
When installation is complete, DO NOT restart.
Select "Continue Testing", then completely shut down the computer.
When prompted, remove the Mint 19 USB stick, hit Enter, and the PC will shut down.

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=== POWER 2 ======================================================================
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Start the PC, holding F7.
When the blue boot options screen appears, highlight ubuntu to boot.
IN QUICK SUCCESSION, press Enter, then hit Esc to get to Grub.
Grub should start.
(if you miss grub, shutdown and try again)
Highlight the line
Linux Mint 19 Xfce
Press 'e'
In the grub screen on the linux line, replace "quiet splash", with "nouveau.modeset=0"
Press F10 to start Mint, and log in.

Open Update Manager, click Refresh, and install all updates.
I only have "mintupdate" showing
After this, a whole bunch more updates are showing. Install them all.

Shut down.

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=== POWER 3 ======================================================================
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Start the PC, holding F7.
When the blue boot options screen appears, highlight ubuntu to boot.
IN QUICK SUCCESSION, press Enter, then hit Esc to get to Grub.
Grub should start.
(if you miss grub, shutdown and try again)
Highlight the line
Linux Mint 19 Xfce
Press 'e'
In the grub screen on the linux line, replace "quiet splash", with "nouveau.modeset=0"
Press F10 to start Mint, and log in.

per http://www.blindinganswers.com/blog/how ... -pro-oryp4
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:system76-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y system76-firmware-daemon xbacklight python3-evdev system76-dkms

Shut down.

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=== POWER 4 ======================================================================
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Start the PC, holding F7.
When the blue boot options screen appears, highlight ubuntu to boot.
IN QUICK SUCCESSION, press Enter, then hit Esc to get to Grub.
Grub should start.
(if you miss grub, shutdown and try again)
Highlight the line
Linux Mint 19 Xfce
Press 'e'
In the grub screen on the linux line, replace "quiet splash", with "nouveau.modeset=0"
Press F10 to start Mint, and log in.

At this point, keyboard backlighting works, but screen backlight adjustment does not.

per http://www.blindinganswers.com/blog/how ... -pro-oryp4
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings

Open Driver Manager (in Mint System menu). Observe two drivers:
nvidia-driver-396: version 396.54-0ubuntu0-gpu18.04.1
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: version 1:1.0.15-2

Use Driver Manager to select nvidia-driver-396, and apply changes
This process takes a long time - maybe 10 minutes on my slow network - be patient!
When complete, DON't restart. Instead, close the Driver Manager window, and then do a complete shutdown.

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=== POWER 5 ======================================================================
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Start the PC, without entering grub. Startup should be fine.

Nvidia icon shows in tray.
Keyboard backlighting works, but screen backlight adjustment does not.

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To find video configuration:
xrandr --current --verbose

From that list, I identified eDP-1-1 as the current output. Adjust brightness:
xrandr --output eDP-1-1 --brightness 0.7

Brightness values go from 0.0 to 1.0

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At this point, I am satisfied with my install. I still need to get "native" screen backlight working with the Fn keys,
and I would like to be able to switch from Nvida to Intel video and back, but I have avoided playing with this until I
get some time and a backup under my belt. Performance is excellent!
Last edited by WharfRat on Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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