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Best Version For Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Ram?

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

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

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:41 pm
by phd21
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 ...

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

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:01 pm
by Moem
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.
sysinfo.png

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

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:06 pm
by Ow That Hurts
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!

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

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:26 pm
by Moem
See above.

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

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:35 pm
by xox101
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.

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

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:48 pm
by Ow That Hurts
Thank you, M0em. Sorry, i couldn't find the thank button in this forum.

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

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:48 pm
by Ow That Hurts
Thank You, xox101

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:44 pm
by Wile E Veteran
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.

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

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:02 pm
by Ow That Hurts
Thank you, Wile E.

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

Thanks!