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    Default Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    Hi,

    I have a notebook, 7 years old, and currently running Windows 10 Home.

    I want to use Linux OS and remove Windows from my notebook.

    The specs of my notebook as follows:
    Model: Satellite Toshiba L750D
    Processor: AMD Phenom II P960 Quad-Core Processor
    Display: AMD Radeon HD 6300M Series
    Drive: 500 GB

    Based on above information, is it ok to use Linux OS??

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    If you need to ask that question , then perhaps Linux isnt for you ?


    Yes , Linux can run on that.
    Will everything work , without really digging deep , thats another question (eg wifi, webcam )

    The better question is
    What version of linux should I install on this 7 year old notebook (actually , it was released 10 years ago )


    Is this your only notebook/PC
    Can you live without it for a few days if you run into issues installing Linux
    or is it just a spare & you want to give Linux a try ?
    Last edited by 1101; 26-10-2021 at 08:05 AM.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    Hi 1101,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I am not an IT person and have a limited information to Linux.

    Yes, I have another new notebook and want to give my old one a try to Linux.

    Regards,

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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    Quote Originally Posted by rimutaka View Post
    Hi,

    I have a notebook, 7 years old, and currently running Windows 10 Home.

    I want to use Linux OS and remove Windows from my notebook.

    The specs of my notebook as follows:
    Model: Satellite Toshiba L750D
    Processor: AMD Phenom II P960 Quad-Core Processor
    Display: AMD Radeon HD 6300M Series
    Drive: 500 GB

    Based on above information, is it ok to use Linux OS??

    Thank you.
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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    The laptop should run linux, but as 1101 posted, what versions ?? There's plenty to select from. Mint CAN and does have problems with lower powered Devices these days, seen several cases where people have nothing but troubles with it. Its currently at 20.2 and then there's the different versions, Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce

    And that's the GOT - YA --- WHEN it has problems trying to find help. On here for example there's really only a couple of people who actually know what to do when problems happen.

    Trying to find help on other forums is a joke, MANY simply jump all around the bush and say nothing of any help what so ever, or something silly like " that shouldn't happen"

    Just remember that when installing there WILL be LOTS of updates, happens all the time. Its the old story, its all plain sailing till something goes wrong, then the people saying get Linux suddenly disappear.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    Quote Originally Posted by rimutaka View Post

    Yes, I have another new notebook and want to give my old one a try to Linux.

    Regards,
    Youve got nothing to loose then.
    It will be a learning experience , you'll need to put some time into it .
    If one flavour of Linux doesnt suit , there are plenty of others you can try . Allmost too many to choose from .

    You can allways revert back to windows later if you decide Linux isnt for you .

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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    Having done this with several systems, I would advise running Linux alongside Windows as a duel boot.
    You will be given this option during installation.
    I guarantee there will there will be something you will want Windows for later.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    Hi,

    Thank you for all advices.

    I have accessed https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop but have no idea because one of the requirements need DVD drive or a USB as an installer media.

    Does it mean that we can’t use an internal hard drive, in our notebook, for installation?

    Regards,

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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    The requirements you mention are for making the disk to use for installation, linux will let you install to any bootable media including other flash drives, micro SD, hard drives, SSD's etc. Stick with hard drives/ SSDs for long term reliability though.

    As to what will run, There's a really simple answer, create an install disk and boot off it. Most versions of linux will start and run with most functionality without any need to install them first so this means you can give them a try without changing anything and leave your windows install alone until you make a decision.

    Personally (and I'm by no means a linux expert, others here know more than me) I would try Linux Mint XFCE first as it's the least resource hungry version of Mint, but then again maybe go straight for cinnamon and see how that runs as it's probably the nicest.
    If you do have a play bear in mind it'll load and run faster off a hard drive than an install disk, also if you can get it to boot from usb a flash drive is the best option for an install disk.

    https://linuxmint.com/download.php

    Also a useful tool for making boot disks from downloaded iso's is
    https://rufus.ie/en/
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    Default Re: Windows 10 to Linux Operating System

    I have Mint on a spare desktop that I play around with, its not my main PC as I have a couple of programs that can Only run on Windows that I use daily. One of them is supposedly coming out for Linux but who knows when.

    Mint is a doddle to use for basic stuff as it includes just about anything you require, even hooking to my Brother printer wasn't too hard. However getting it to connect to my Google drive was a nightmare that took me 3 weekends to figure out and a hell of a lot of searching. I now have a dedicated Bookmarks folder just for Linux stuff that is shared between all my devices even my phone.

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