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Linux Mint on my Lenovo Thinkpad W500

Yesterday I attempted to install Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64bit on my Lenovo Thinkpad W500: FAIL. Install went through but afterwards thinkpad didn't boot up.
May be I shouldn't have tried the 64bit version ?
Today I grabbed an old Linux Mint 13 Maya CD and did another install: SUCCESS. So far - so good. May be now I can successfully upgrade to a more modern version of Mint.

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Great it worked out in the end. Also glad to see that if it doesn't work out the first time, to try again.

Lenovo ThinkPad is a great laptop. I'm hoping to do something similar later in the summer, with an older Lenovo ThinkPad X210. I'm planning to try a desktop alternative for Windows - called Zorin. Would be interesting to see how Thinkpad is either going to like it or not like it.
deanhills on Tue May 31, 2016 6:25 pm
I had Linux on an old thinkpad for quite a while. I think it was Ubuntu, I'm not sure if I discovered Mint while I was still using that.

Do you know if your processor is 64 bit? If so, I would think it should have worked. I currently have a 32 bit Mint 17 on a Dell which I know can do 64. If I find a good excuse to replace it, I will probably change it to 64 bit. But if you are having trouble, it may be that laptops (maybe just certain old ones) don't work well that way.
SonLight on Tue May 31, 2016 8:18 pm
OK, today I tried installing Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 32bit: FAIL again, thinkpad not booting from hard drive after install. Sad

Zorin looks interesting, thanks for the hint, deanhills, may be I give this a try now.
Alternatives to consider: ubuntu, or Fedora.

Luckily I am working from home today, so plenty of time to try out these installs. Wink
amagard on Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:57 am
Wanted to install Zorin, but download took forever, estimate was 1-3 hours.
Tried Fedora Workstation 23 64bit instead.
Download just took 15 minutes for 1.4 Gigabyte.
Interestingly all these linux live images all come with a size of roughly 1.4 Gigabytes.

Anyhow, install went through and thinkpad booted up without any hiccups. Very Happy
First impression: sweet ! Looks very nice. Integrates nicely with my Google, Microsoft and Facebook account.
Love it so far.
amagard on Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:24 pm
I threw Zorin into a VM yesterday. It is the weirdest cross between Linux/Ubuntu and Windows I've seen. It's cool but man... I don't know what to make of it yet. I haven't played around with it much since it's at work and I just upgraded my machine to Windows 10 and I've had a few hiccoughs here and there.

The download took forever! I had a really good connection here at work but the ISO just dragged on and actually failed the first time. It was quoting about an hour to download. When I was at home downloading Ubuntu 16.x it was a decently large ISO but still came down in a reasonable amount of time.

I'll play around with Zorin some more but it's probably still too big for the little netbook drive.
TheGremlyn on Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:40 pm
Aha, great feedback on Zorin. Very discouraging about the long download time. Think I'm still going to try it. Hopefully I'll survive the installation.
deanhills on Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:32 pm
That was nice. I am using Lenovo laptop as well. I am currently using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. It is okay but I do have the problem with the battery draining twice as fast when using Ubuntu as compared with Windows 10.
jestoy0514 on Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:14 pm

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