Xfce booting from USB

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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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I'm confused about your situation. Did you install Mint xfce to the hard drive of your netbook, or are you running xfce from a live usb stick (where you lose all saved information when you reboot), or are you running xfce from a persistent install on a usb (where Mint xfce was installed onto the usb stick rather than the computer hard drive, and when you reboot your saved information is remembered on the usb stick)?

It sounds like you have a live usb stick that you used to install Mint onto your netbook hard drive and you want to use the live usb stick to install Mint onto the desktop, but are having problems. What problems are you having? A live usb stick can be use over and over again to boot and install Mint onto any number of computers.
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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Insitgator wrote:Neither, I have installed mint to the USB (not live) and want to be able to move it around.
I used a USB 2.0 with live mint on, and installed it onto a USB 3.0 on the netbook and want to be able to boot that USB on other devices without problems.

Like can I install multiple drivers to the install so I can move it from desktop with a 660GTX to a laptop with Intel chip set and then back to the netbook with a AMD chip set.
You cannot install multiple drivers. However, the linux kernel has the necessary capability to use a wide range of hardware. So if you do not install special drivers, chances are that your USB will work on different computers.
The 3.0 USB might only work on a 3.0 connection.
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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Speaking from experience I boot a Mint USB on three computers, each having dissimilar hardware.

All are legacy BIOS though, not UEFI.
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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Insitgator wrote:so uninstall drivers and i'm good to go? also when I installed I didn't add any swap (mainly because i'm new to Linux and didn't want to accidentally mess up the windows install on the SSD) will I need swap with 4GB laptop/net books and 12GB desktops?
Swap is only needed if you plan to hibernate, or if you open a very extraordinary number of programs or browser tabs.
Insitgator wrote:so uninstall drivers and i'm good to go? also when I installed I didn't add any swap (mainly because i'm new to Linux and didn't want to accidentally mess up the windows install on the SSD) will I need swap with 4GB laptop/net books and 12GB desktops?

so they will all need to be legacy?
A UEFI Mint USB will never boot on a computer that is not capable of UEFI. Legacy can be booted on any computer.
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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If you didn't install a proprietary video driver e.g., nvidia or fglrx then it will boot properly.

Mine boots to an AMD processor with AMD graphics, an Intel core I3 with Intel graphics and a xeon processor with an nvidia graphics card.

You can disable hibernate, however hibernation will probably just fail without a swap.
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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Insitgator wrote:i did install the drivers twice and unsure how to remove them.
Amd ones first then later Nvidia.
You really can't have these two drivers installed so I can't imagine how you managed that, but lets take a look.

Paste back the results of

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dpkg -l|egrep 'fglrx|nvid' 
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ls -lh /etc/X11/xorg.{conf,conf.d/}
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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Before doing anything, what does this show :?:

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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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The KDE desktop is a resource hog so if you want to improve performance I would suggest the Mate desktop version.

Good luck :wink:
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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I don't have that problem going from the laptop's 15 inch screen to the desktop's 22 inch screen.

What are the graphic properties for the two

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and what does xrandr show on each

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xrandr -q
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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Both systems are using the proper open source video drivers and xrandr shows that the detected optimal display resolutions are being used.

I notice that your X.Org is a latter version than mine. I thought I was up to date with all the packages. What do these return :?:

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egrep -w 'RELEASE|CODENAME|EDITION|DESKTOP|TOOLKIT' /etc/linuxmint/info

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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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WharfRat wrote:I notice that your X.Org is a latter version than mine. I thought I was up to date with all the packages.
X.Org 1.17.1 is the default with a fresh installation of Mint 17.3 (as opposed to the in-place upgrade).
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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austin.texas wrote: X.Org 1.17.1 is the default with a fresh installation of Mint 17.3 (as opposed to the in-place upgrade).
Thank you sir :D
Instigator wrote:ran both in the netbook, i assume laptop and desktop would say same thing?
Yep, that's correct and everything looks copacetic with your results.
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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UEFI or Legacy are not relevant to a graphics problem.
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Re: Xfce booting from USB

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There are no other open source drivers for AMD/Intell/Nvidia graphics.

Anything listed in driver manager is going to be proprietary.
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