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Questions about specific things before installing?!

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 1:03 pm
by Madyorbek
Hello there? I need to ask about Linux Mint, I am thinking which distro's is better for overall performance. Currently, I have gaming laptop MSI GL62M 7RDX; CORE i7; CPU 8GB; GTX 1050-4GB; 128 GB SSD; 1TB HDD. I started using Windows 10 pro but after a lot of updates it starts lagging, crashing and lots of system errors. So, I decided to move Linux OS. I was using Adobe whole products everytime and I need MSI utilities drivers for daily use. Sometimes I play some games. Also, is it possible to install any social media apps like Facebook, Google sources, Imo, telegram and Skype? So, guys that's what I wanted to ask from you?! THANK YOU!

Re: Questions about specific things before installing?!

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 1:44 pm
by Mark Phelps
Unless I'm mistaken, the MSI Utilities Drivers would be strictly MS Windows stuff -- and since you need that for daily use, then switching to Linux will not work.

Re: Questions about specific things before installing?!

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 2:04 pm
by phd21
Hi "Madyorbek",

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

You can easily run any Linux Mint edition (64-bit) with that hardware. I would recommend Cinnamon 19.1 64-bit.

It would help to know more about your system setup. From Linux Mint, if you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.
Madyorbek wrote:I was using Adobe whole products everytime and I need MSI utilities drivers for daily use.
Nobody needs to check for and or install daily drivers for their computer's motherboard (mainboard) which I infer as MSI?

There are options available from your computer's Bios and in the Linux mint "Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)" for updating hardware firmware.

MSI drivers for Linux? : linuxhardware
https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxhardware/ ... for_linux/
Madyorbek wrote:Sometimes I play some games.
Obviously, you can run any Linux games which there are many and more always on the way, and thanks to Steam for Linux with Proton support everyone can run a lot of Ms Windows only games from within Steam, assuming you have hardware capable of running the games. There is also "Lutris" and other options as well.
Madyorbek wrote:Also, is it possible to install any social media apps like Facebook, Google sources, Imo, telegram and Skype? So, guys that's what I wanted to ask from you?! THANK YOU!
There are options to run most if not all of the Social Media systems including those you mentioned except I do not know what "Imo" is? There are some cool apps like "Rambox" (Community free edition or paid for) and "Franz" which can run multiple social apps at the same time.

Hope this helps ...

Re: Questions about specific things before installing?!

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 11:45 pm
by pbear
Madyorbek wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 1:03 pm
I started using Windows 10 pro but after a lot of updates it starts lagging, crashing and lots of system errors.
Have you considered doing a Win10 refresh? They added that utility to address your exact situation.

By all means, give Linux a try. Keep your Windows system, though, while you learn Linux and figure out whether it will suit your needs. Dual boot is one option, but not one I like personally. Dueling updates can be a problem and unwinding is gnarly. OTOH, many users like it. A much better option, in my opinion, is installation to a second computer. Perhaps you have an old one in a closet, or you can buy a cheap used laptop. Keeps the systems separate (no conflicts) and even serves a useful purpose, i.e., a backup computer if your Win10 machine has to go to the shop. Third option is full install to USB drive. Fourth option is a virtual machine running under either VirtualBox or VMware.

Re: Questions about specific things before installing?!

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 1:48 am
by Petermint
Windows arrives with drivers for everything, one of many reasons why it chews up 20 ~ 30 GB on your 128 GB SSD before you load your files. Linux arrives with less and used only 6 GB. You might have to load an extra driver when installing Linux.

Usually Linux works with everything on a motherboard that is a year old or more. A brand new MB might have a brand new wireless network chip and you might have to wait 3 ~ 6 months before there is a driver for Linux. I had to wait only once and it was only a few weeks.

The next problem is usually brand new Nvidia chips. You have to wait until a Marvel superhero arrives to make an Nvidia driver work.

I suggest loading a live LM Cinnamon 64 bit latest release and test everything. Most people find they do not need Dr Strange.

Re: Questions about specific things before installing?!

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:41 am
by Hoser Rob
You do not have to stop using WInfdows, you can still run it in a dual boot setup orr in a virtual machine like Virtualbox ... the latter is probably best. While I haven't had any Windows partitions for some time I don't think everone should do that, and I think beginners are often too eager to get rid of it. SOme things actually really do need Windows.