Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

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Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Ow That Hurts » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:11 pm

Howdy All:

What's the best version for a somewhat older computer:

Core 2 duo E8400 @ 3GHz
4 GB RAM (DDR3 PC-3 10700)
Onboard Graphics card Intel 4 Series Internal Chipset (no discreet graphics card)
64-bit motherboard
Spinning hard Drive (No SSD)

I used to run Mint 13 on it and it seemed to run fine.

I have been running Win 7 Pro 64-bit on it, and it also seems to run fine (not super speedy, but no complaints... except for that fact that it is windows).

So will 17 Cinnamon be good to go on it? Is it porkier than Win 7 Pro 64 bit?

And is their any reason I should go for the Debian Edition instead of Mint 17 Cinamon?

Thanks in advance!!! :)

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In case you ar wondering, this machine will mostly be used for:

watching youtube videos
posting to facebook
checking email
google docs (like sheets)
Libreoffice (mostly Calc and the Docs apps)

And in a pinch, I might need to use it for:

darktable
the Gimp

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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by phd21 » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:41 pm

HI "Ow That Hurts",

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum !

You can use any edition of Linux Mint that works on your hardware.

Assuming your CPU processor is 64-bit, then you would download a 64-bit edition of Linux Mint to use and install.

You might consider creating Live DVD's (or USB flash drives) of each edition of Linux Mint: Cinnamon, Mate, KDE (my Fav.), or Xfce. Then, boot up to each one and see if one edition of Linux Mint performs better for your hardware and that you like the most. If you get "software rendering", or end up in "compatibility mode", then that edition of Linux Mint is having a problem with your video setup that may be resolved by installing special video drivers, or not; In these modes your system will not run well.

Hope this helps ...
Phd21: Mint 19.2 Cinnamon & xKDE (Xfce) & KDE Neon 64-bit Awesome OS's, Ancient Dell OptiPlex 780 Core2Duo E8400 3GHz,4gb Ram, 256gb SDD, only Intel 4 Graphics. Why I use KDE?:https://opensource.com/life/15/4/9-reasons-to-use-kde

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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Moem » Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:01 pm

Hello,
I'm running MInt 17.3 Cinnamon 32bits on my Thinkpad, see screenshot for my system specs. It's running just fine. Since the specs aren't so far from yours, I'm thinking that your plan sounds good enough to give it a try at least.
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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Ow That Hurts » Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:06 pm

Thanks.

I would rather avoid testing out the various versions if at all possible.

If anyone has used the Cinnamon desktop in Mint 17 with the built in intel chipset, that would be great if they could share their experience.

Thanks!

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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Moem » Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:26 pm

See above.
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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by xox101 » Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:35 pm

I have Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64bit running on several laptops with those specs and it runs with no problem. Dell and Lenovo. I know you don't want to but a couple of hours spent with an 8 gig usb stick and a few downloaded versions will tell you exactly what version runs best.

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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Ow That Hurts » Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:48 pm

Thank you, M0em. Sorry, i couldn't find the thank button in this forum.

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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Ow That Hurts » Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:48 pm

Thank You, xox101

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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Wile E Veteran » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:44 pm

I'm running Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit on a Lenovo T400 from an external hard drive connected via USB 2.0. Even given the slow USB connection, it runs faster than the Win 7 on the internal hard drive unless something requires a lot of disk I/O which I have rarely encountered. I imagine your computer is a similar model as I have the same Core 2 Duo. I do have 6 GB RAM but I'm sure it would do just as well with 4 GB.
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Re: Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

Post by Ow That Hurts » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:02 pm

Thank you, Wile E.

Yes, it does seem to run fine on my core 2 duo E8400 chip machine

Thanks!

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