Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

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Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

Post by RacerBG » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:47 pm

Hello guys, recently I got Thinkpad X61 which came with Linux Mint Nadya MATE. As you know this version is unsupported (by the way runs pretty well) and my question is which version to succeed it? My current plans are for Mint 17.x but I wonder how good can be Mint 18.x considering the fact that the laptop is 10 years old.

It's spec's are:
2 GB RAM
CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz
Video Memory: Intel GMA X3100
80 GB HDD

By the way, the owner of the shop uses Linux Mint thanks to me! :) He said that with Windows most of the features of this Thinkpads were never fully working and he is glad to use Linux now on his PC's and laptops...
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Re: Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

Post by Citizen229 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:15 pm

XFCE hand down. My craptastic netbook runs 17.3 XFCE nicely. and thats with 1 gig of ram and a 1.66 single core.

-turn off fast boot
-up vram in bios(if you can) my net book cannot and it is stuck at 8 megs of vram.
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Re: Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

Post by RacerBG » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:58 pm

Citizen229 wrote:XFCE hand down. My craptastic netbook runs 17.3 XFCE nicely. and thats with 1 gig of ram and a 1.66 single core.

-turn off fast boot
-up vram in bios(if you can) my net book cannot and it is stuck at 8 megs of vram.
1. Why turn off fast boot?

2. I don't have this option too.
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Re: Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

Post by jimallyn » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:10 pm

Either XFCE or MATE. I like XFCE better, and it does use slightly less resources than MATE, but if you really like MATE, it's probably worth a try.
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Re: Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

Post by Citizen229 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:12 pm

Fast boot works for windows, in linux its slow boot.
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Re: Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

Post by Moem » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:21 pm

jimallyn wrote:Either XFCE or MATE.
What he said.
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Re: Which is the best Mint for Thinkpad X61?

Post by Derek_S » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:02 pm

Hello @ RacerBG - You should consider upgrading your system memory from 2GB to 4GB. Then you can run any version of Linux Mint you want without any problems at all.

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:X61

A couple of years ago one of the 2GB DIMMs on my T400 laptop went bad and I replaced the pair of them for $24 US. Look around. By now it should be even cheaper.
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