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Time for an Upgrade

Linux Mint has always been a little temperamental on my HP 6005. It may been that some minor compatibility issues between the OS and the AMD architecture, I don’t know. But over the last few days, it had gotten flakier, locking up more often, and I’d see one or two of my CPU cores hitting 100 percent quite regularly. It was getting very frustrating to say the least and I’d already been flirting with the idea of upgrading my system.

Len-M91pI found a good deal at Micro Center for a refurbished Lenovo M91p with a 3.4GHz i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with Windows 10 pre-installed. I reserved one the other day and today I drove down and picked it up.

I’d begun a back up of the HP this morning and it was still going when I returned so started getting the new PC set up. My wife’s PC is the same model and I’d already installed 24GB of RAM in it so I took her 8GB modules and put in the 4GB modules from the new computer taking her down to 16GB and raising mine to 16GB.

My original intention had been to wipe the drive clean and install Mint 18.1 Serena but while getting the system data I knew I’d need later, I discovered that I had a 2TB drive in it. With that knowledge, I figured that I had enough room for a dual boot system. I gave 1.5 terabytes to Linux and left the rest for Windows.

I installed Mint as well as some my must have applications and utilities. There are still a few that still need to be installed and the usual tweaking. I don’t know how much use I’ll get out of the Windows 10 partition since I’ve never really liked it much. But maybe I can learn to live with it and eventually eliminate having a separate Windows PC.

After my backup was completed, I decided to go ahead and take the 8GB modules out of the HP and put them into the Lenovo, bringing it to 32GB . Lenovo’s documentation says it will only support 16GB but I’d been running 24GB in my wife’s system for over a year without any problems.

A more powerful laptop would be nice but my Dell Latitude (with its Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, and 160GB drive) still works well for what I do with it — a little web surfing, email, and some writing.

 

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2 Responses

  1. The new system has been up for a couple of days and I’m still dealing with a few minor issues. The biggest issue so far was with permissions. Since I’d used an ext4 formatted drive to back up the HP, the ownership and permissions carried over with the old UID. I finally found a syntax for chown that changed the ownership of my home directory to the new UID.

    For some reason I was having a lot of issues with Cairo-dock and ended up removing it. I have it installed with Serena on a laptop and it works fine. I do kind of miss it but I suppose I’ll get used to going to the Menu to start applications.

    I was also having some problems with Update Manager, Synaptic Package Manager, and Software Manager. I was able to install updates and install applications from the command line. I’m not sure if the problems with the GUI interfaces are resolved.

    When I start up the system I’m never quite sure on which monitor my conky display will appear. I haven’t been able to find any information on how to force it to appear on a particular display.

    I still haven’t installed VirtualBox, MultiSystem, ClamAV/TK, and Gramps. I’ll get to them soon. I’ve got non-computer things on my plate too.

  2. When I opened up a terminal window I noticed a lack of color which is, as it turns out, the default. According the the comment in /etc/skel/.bashrc, the color prompt is disabled so it won’t distract the user because the focus in a terminal windows should be on the output of commands, not the prompt.. I don’t find the colors distracting at all. I find them helpful.

    I uncommented the force_color_prompt=yes line and copied the .bashrc file to my home directory. (I had put 18.1 on a laptop a while back and it had the color prompts from the beginning and the color prompt line is commented out. Cairo Dock also works fine on the laptop. What gives?

    I also added an alias that clears the command history and clears the screen:
    alias cls=’history -c && history -w && clear’

    [9 January 2018]
    Added two more aliases to ~/.bashrc
    alias lsl=’ls -l’
    alias lsal=’ls -al’

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