Installed Linux Mint 8 64bit

Back on February 1st 2010, I said I was going to wait on installing Linux again on my new Sager NP8690.  Well that didn’t last too long.  Over the past weekend I ran Symantec Ghost to backup my hard drive, downloaded and installed openSuSE 11.2 64bit.  Installation went well, I installed KDE and Gnome desktop environments.  However openSuSE 11.2 ran a little sluggish.  Although openSuSE was my first Linux distro, I can’t see myself running a distro that doesn’t thrill me.  I have a lot of respect for the openSuSE developers and I think they have a fine product.  I reinstalled the backup image and move to Linux Mint 8.

With Linux Mint 8 64bit, the installation was easy as always.  What I really like the most was having everything work as soon as installation was complete.  Of course I had to install the Nvidia drivers to enable Desktop Effects.  After rebooting the PC, I was able to log onto Facebook and run Farmville, Fishville, and Happy Aquarium.  I also watched the Avatar movie preview at Apple.com/trailers, and watch the Mac Ads.  I also watched a few video clips on Youtube, clips from my Video folder, and listen to MP3s.

Although I can connect to my television set using HDMI, I am unable to get the resolution correct.  Also I cannot play Blu-Ray movies (Star Trek) in Linux Mint.  I did read there are some hack I can run, but to be honest I would rather have a player already installed or a codex available for VLC.  I wouldn’t mind paying for a native application from Corel who sell WinDVD, an application that work well from my perspective.

I plan on running Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint 8 in parallel for many of my applications.   Although I use IMAP for my Google account, I’m not sure I want to check e-mail on both OSs. I still may set it up, but I need to decide which OS for my primary e-mail.

2 thoughts on “Installed Linux Mint 8 64bit

  1. Hey!

    Sorry for posting again on here, but I bought the same laptop, and I’m wondering about Linux compatibility. Any specific problems you’ve faced?

    Thanks!

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    1. Installing Linux Mint 6 64 bit was easy. No real problems. Of course since you have a Nvidia card, you will need to install the Nvidia drivers through Hardware Detection (or whatever that application is called).

      I still run into the random reboot issue, but I noticed that only happen when I am on Facebook playing games. It seems there is an issue with Flash in a 64bit environment. I installed the 64 bit version so I can take advantage of 6GB RAM. If I do a reinstall in the future, I will go with the 32 bit version. It seems to be more stable. Even the 32 bit version of Linux Mint I run at work has been up for 69 days since Friday.

      I think you will be happy with Linux on the Sager NP8690. I might try out Ubuntu 10.4 but then I still have to install all the multimedia again. Maybe I’ll wait for the next version of Mint.

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