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Hello, about 8 years ago I installed Ubuntu on a laptop and although it took some getting used to, I still have. It's an old machine and very slow, so I plan to buy new.

I am looking into buying a laptop that has Win 10 on it, then delete it during the install. I just read the thread about the "Lenovo 14w with a amd a6 CPU with 4g of ram and a small 64g mmc drive." Glad I read it and I will not buy one of those, or any other with that drive.

Can I assume a SSD or HDD drive is OK? The other question is, the new laptop with "Chromebook", can one of these be used and will the preinstalled OS be wiped clean?

I like the looks of Mint, I'm going this route this time. When I get the new machine, I'll be back! Thanks

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Hello Stob,
Welcome to Linux Mint Forums.
You are correct most SSD's and HDD's work fine. May I suggest that you look for a good refurbished Lenovo thinkpad I have the T-450 It's not cutting edge but it sure works well with Mint. Places like Newegg sell them at very reasonable prices. https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=refurbish ... o+thinkpad
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kc1di wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:35 pm
Hello Stob,
Welcome to Linux Mint Forums.
You are correct most SSD's and HDD's work fine. May I suggest that you look for a good refurbished Lenovo thinkpad I have the T-450 It's not cutting edge but it sure works well with Mint. Places like Newegg sell them at very reasonable prices. https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=refurbish ... o+thinkpad
Thanks for the reply! Another fellow on a completely different forum suggested I find a T-430. Must be good machines. I will take a look at Newegg.

Before I read that Mint will wipe out preinstalled programs, I was looking at Newegg considering buying a new hardrive and just trashing the one that came with it.

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I suggest you not consider a Chromebook. While there are a couple of ways of getting Linux onto a Chromebook, they're more work and more finicky than installing to a mainstream Windows machine.

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Read the Lenovo 14w thread through. The issue was the 4.15 kernel in the 19.2 ISO. This was resolved by the 19.3 ISO which has the 5.0 kernel. I installed 19.3 on my 14w and it works flawlessly.
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CapraFan wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:16 pm
I suggest you not consider a Chromebook. While there are a couple of ways of getting Linux onto a Chromebook, they're more work and more finicky than installing to a mainstream Windows machine.
It was a thought, but my gut tells me to always steer clear of anything google. Will do.

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Stob wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:20 am
CapraFan wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:16 pm
I suggest you not consider a Chromebook. While there are a couple of ways of getting Linux onto a Chromebook, they're more work and more finicky than installing to a mainstream Windows machine.
It was a thought, but my gut tells me to always steer clear of anything google. Will do.
Well, some people do manage to fully de-Chromify a Chromebook, but many of them have ARM processors and Mint doesn't run on those.

Most people have great results with Thinkpads. My daily driver is a X201, which some people consider to be old; it runs Cinnamon like a champ and does everything I need it to do. Getting a refurbished Thinkpad is by many people considered to be the most bang you can get for your buck.
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