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AsRock

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Well, last Linux i used was back when Ubuntu was given away at the start on CD, but being a gamer well you know, as long as it's easy to use stable and plays flac and such file's as intended.

Hell, the next kernel version is slated to receive UAC3 support. Also, if the OP uses the laptop for media consumption maybe something like OpenELEC would be good fit?
Otherwise, for generic usage Mint should be fine.

Is it like Foobar kind of deal ?, all i need it for is music.

You boot into Mint and there's a link on the Mint desktop to install.

Pretty much how i remember Ubuntu being like all those years ago.

Running Mint 18 Cinnamon 64 bit (Sarah) here and install is easier than Winblows.
Grab a copy of the .iso image, burn it or mount it onto a USB drive (I burned it) and do the deed. As long as you have the machine connected ot the web it will install all needed updates while it installs. Once done and you reboot, that's it.
No drivers to load or anything - It just works.

BTW although it is different than Windows it's similar enough that you will figure it out very quickly. Other distros can be as "Friendly" or not, the version I have is about a good as it gets for moving from Windows. Been using it since I said "No" to Winspy 10 and went with this instead, no regrets doing it at all.

Think thats the best option, will have to see how it goes.

Thanks.


To many to quote so :p, Thank You All.
 
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https://zorinos.com/

I played with this the other day its impressive.

Comes in a light version as well.
 

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I've been using Ubuntu on my tower for the last couple years. It works for me and has lasted far longer than my previous Windows 10 installations. :p
 

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is great. Been running Ubuntu for many years and have used many other distros...I really like Unity. Otherwise they are all kinda the same'ish.
 

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is great. Been running Ubuntu for many years and have used many other distros...I really like Unity. Otherwise they are all kinda the same'ish.
Right, recommend Unity now that Canonical has dropped it. The OP obviously doesn't know a lot about Linux, so let's not confuse him further by opening devated like Unity vs Gnome vs KDE, X vs Wayland, systemd vs init V and whatnot, shall we?
 
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I'd recommend MINT Cinnamon rather then Ubuntu though MINT is based off Ubuntu. Just MINT looks like a Windows 7 and is still one of my favorite Windows OS's

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I'd recommend MINT Cinnamon rather then Ubuntu though MINT is based off Ubuntu. Just MINT looks like a Windows 7 and is still one of my favorite Windows OS's

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Eh, modern DEs can be made to look like anything really. The guy just wants to play some music. In that regard, both Ubuntu and Mint make it dead simple to install the needed proprietary codecs.
Which isn't true of other distros, like Fedora, that actively try to stay away from anything proprietary.
 
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I'd recommend MINT Cinnamon rather then Ubuntu though MINT is based off Ubuntu. Just MINT looks like a Windows 7 and is still one of my favorite Windows OS's

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I’m about to tear down my rig this weekend to install a vertical gpu and I think I’m gonna give mint a try. I like windows feel and seeing your ss makes me wanna try this :)
 
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I’m about to tear down my rig this weekend to install a vertical gpu and I think I’m gonna give mint a try. I like windows feel and seeing your ss makes me wanna try this :)
For sure man. I don't have it installed on my main rig but I'll install it on my 775 Build along side Windows 10. The 775 Build is my 720P Gaming system
 
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Linux is hard to install, after I mount with RUFUS it always tells me "this hard drive has no root file, bla bla" I assumed it was like windows you just boot from USB and click install and next next next, boom OS. :( i gave up about 2 months ago

Use http://www.linuxliveusb.com
 
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Just saying if for some reason problems with the USB based setup continues you can burn the image to a disk provided the machine has a DVD/BD drive to use, doesn't matter how it interfaces with the machine so much - As long as the machine can see the drive and read the disk it should go.

If one has access to an external DVD/BD drive with a USB interface that would work too just to get it on the machine and working. This is actually a cheap drive as shown here: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7254TZ1396 and probrably would come in handy.... In fact I really need to grab one for myself at some point. :rolleyes:

However it should work with a USB thumb drive if the drive itself is setup correctly.
 

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Well all went good, downloaded in no time, be checking it out more tomorrow but all seems good so far. funny i can find what i am much faster in it then i can in windows 10 lmfao.

Right, recommend Unity now that Canonical has dropped it. The OP obviously doesn't know a lot about Linux, so let's not confuse him further by opening devated like Unity vs Gnome vs KDE, X vs Wayland, systemd vs init V and whatnot, shall we?

Nope, not used it years. not really bothered as i gave up a long time in hoping that gaming on linux would fully bloom in to some thing that would worry MS, but now MS got their nose in to that now. but thats ananother story.

Anyways, not confusing at all. i learned the hard way how to fix computers and NOTHING makes you more motivated then your dad who is going kick your ass to the moon for wrecking the OS on your brother 486. 3 days i had the OS and system working like new, that's including finding the OS as they got the system second hand.

Options Options, well they are always good, i just want to see what will run on this laptop, although easier to use the better but nothing gets done without some leg work.

Really i need to find them all and put them on CD\DVD's really. Although depending on how it goes with Mint i may not try others, in the end to me it's F U MS, some one steals your key and they will not help so, just happy there is a solution this time as thats why i was after a cheap win10 key thread which i believe got deleted, then i got starting thinking i been wanting to use Linux as i cannot use it for my gaming but surly looks like i can use it for this.
 
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With 2 Gigs, i would go for any mainstream distro (makes using for example Steam easier), 64 bits (no need to use 32 bits with 2GB on Linux, this is not Winbloat), but, with a lighter desktop than Gnome or Cinnamon (they use a full gigabyte usually). Mate, XFCE and even Plasma 5 (KDE) are great options.
 

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I'd recommend Kubuntu. Did Mint, all the other Ubuntus, Debians, on and on. Kubuntu. Add winehq devel, and you have a gaming/multimedia box. Don't forget to sudo apt install smplayer!
 
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smplayer is old, mpv is the new cool kid.
 
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Xubuntu is lightweight and Lubuntu is even lighter - they will be less taxing than the main mint release or vanilla ubuntu, especially considering your RAM amount.

Give one of them a go and be happy, they're ubuntu variants so there's full compatibility.
 

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Xubuntu is lightweight and Lubuntu is even lighter - they will be less taxing than the main mint release or vanilla ubuntu, especially considering your RAM amount.

Give one of them a go and be happy, they're ubuntu variants so there's full compatibility.
You'd be surprised to find out how well the "heavy" DEs work with limited resources.
 
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Universal usb Insaller there are many Linux os and stay away from Windosws 10 its slow on single core, hardrive laptops, and on limited internet settings its downloads loots off unecesary data...
 

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Universal usb Insaller there are many Linux os and stay away from Windosws 10 its slow on single core, hardrive laptops, and on limited internet settings its downloads loots off unecesary data...
Priceless advice for someone looking to migrate from Vista to Linux :wtf:
 
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Priceless advice for someone looking to migrate from Vista to Linux :wtf:
Worst thing in Vista (chicken) it always used to much RAM on 2GB (Mint for new laptops, Xubuntu for old).
 
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Universal usb Insaller there are many Linux os and stay away from Windosws 10 its slow on single core, hardrive laptops, and on limited internet settings its downloads loots off unecesary data...
There's also UNetbootin for downloading and writing linux images to bootable media
 
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Really? OMG :laugh: IMGBurn is for CD/DVDs just sayin
 
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Really? OMG :laugh: IMGBurn is for CD/DVDs just sayin

Nothing wrong with the suggestion if it would work plus for some at least, burning a disk is less of a headache than doing a thumbdrive depending on the system they want to install it to. Some systems that it could be installed to don't play nice with thumbdrives overall, I've ran into that before and I have mine on a disk - No worries or headaches over it, just install and that's all.
 
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