Bought ASUS VivoBook Max- F541N with pre-installed Win 10 and dual booted into Mint Linux Sylvia (Cinnamon)
I see that the keyboard cursor pointer suddenly freezes while on FireFox . I thought that was something specific to FireFox but same in Libre office (which I am using right now to type) but maybe takes a little longer to freeze compared to FireFox.
I don't use a mouse
1. It seems erratic- at times, I can use and type in the main menu , doing which I went to drivers and switched to Intel Microcode, rebooted and the behaviour persists
2. All updates (level 3) done
3. It’s a virgin system – nothing installed it
4. Laptop tool confirms that it's running the latest BIOS
5. 6 GB swap , 30 GB root and 400 GB home allocated while installing, so that shouldn't be a problem I guess (Edit: Confirmed. Installed resources desklet and checked multiple times . CPU < 15 % and Memory < 1.5 GB when this happens)
I am a newbie in Linux stuff but dual booted my nearly dead Win XP with 17.3 and I like it so much that I decided to install Mint ASAP
Kindly provide specific steps to trouble shoot and fix this problem given that I know nothing about Linux
Thanks in advance
This output seems to be the standard requirement, so here it is - it froze again while posting so using a luckily available nearby laptop to edit
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shyam@shyam-X541NA ~ $ inxi -Fxz System: Host: shyam-X541NA Kernel: 4.13.0-45-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Machine: System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: X541NA v: 1.0 Mobo: ASUSTeK model: X541NA v: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends v: X541NA.318 date: 02/27/2018 CPU: Quad core Intel Pentium N4200 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 8755 clock speeds: max: 2500 MHz 1: 852 MHz 2: 798 MHz 3: 842 MHz 4: 1277 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Device 5a84 bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 505 (Broxton) GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel Device 5a98 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:0e.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.13.0-45-generic Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 01:00.0 IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (1.3% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST1000LM035 size: 1000.2GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 29G used: 6.3G (23%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6 ID-2: /home size: 446G used: 160M (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda8 ID-3: swap-1 size: 6.37GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda7 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 35.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 201 Uptime: 13 min Memory: 607.0/3809.0MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35
Reviewing the install process, there was a step which let me choose drivers to be installed and I agreed to it. One of the blogs on net says it is not recommended without any elaboration.
1. Since I have nothing installed in Mint, I am willing to re-install Mint without installing drivers and let the right drivers be updated- Is that a good idea?
2. I haven't installed second time before , so would request help on things to watch out for (is it safe? will the partitions remain -swap, root , home or do I need to recreate? do I need to uninstall and then reinstall or just start fresh etc...confused