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    Hello all

    Been a bit of a plinker of Linux for a bit. No master of it in any stretch of the imagination, but I can install and run the basics. Well, that's all I really need anyway.
    But maybe someone can send me in a direction to do a bit of research.
    I recently got ahold of an Lenovo ThinkCentre with some decent specs.

    i7 3.4 quadcore 2600 series.
    Onboard Intel graphics.
    ATI Radeon 5450 graphics card 512mem.
    Realtek audio(sounds good).
    4 gig ram that I'm going to bump to 8 when the order comes in.
    500 gig hrdrv.
    And it's still new enuff to have most of the 3 year warranty.
    Manufacture date of Aug last year.
    Part of a special order that got cancelled and got it from an IBM distributor for half price.

    2 things. I have read in places Linux has a problem with ATI cards and with specs this new is there a distro that can handle this?

    I have a slow dsl internet so dwnlding a distro can be a bit of a pain.

    I'm not asking for someone to give me a definite use this distro but some ideas of a distro to look over.

    Have a nice computing day.

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    I have a slow dsl internet so dwnlding a distro can be a bit of a pain.
    Me also. I when I started out. I would download a small Puppy Iso like

    Puppy Linux Discussion Forum :: View topic - Lighthouse 64 601 Beta

    Boot up as a live session on usb, Use Unetbootin to make the USB. Make a save file on shutdown to keep changes. No install or special skill needed to do this.

    Then later use

    wget <distro download link goes here>
    in a linux terminal to get a larger distro download like

    Download - Linux Mint

    Go with the 64bit iso.

    I recommend these 2 because the kernels are newer and newer kernels support newer hardware. I recommend wget in terminal because my ISP sux and drops connections all the time.
    Took me 10 retries (wget automatically retries without any input from you) to download the Mint dvd iso. As always do a md5sum check of downloaded isos before using unetbootin or burning to cd/dvd.

    Good Luck and Happy Trails, Rok
    I refuse to let fear and fear of others rule my life. It puts my humanity at risk.
    Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.

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    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a nice laptop you got, and a good price. Glad to have you join us.
    Registered Linux user #526930

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    Linux User zenwalker's Avatar
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    Welcome. Why not just download the proprietary driver onto a USB stick, go to a reputable vendor like this one and take your pick?
    (See sig for my current picks in distros)
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    Been giving a look over of several distros. Do believe I'll give Mint a try. Thanks for the responses.
    Oh to above. It's a tower not a laptop. Never cared much for laptops. Just not my thing. And I believe I'll download the AMD driver that was reccomended to have on hand incase I decide to go thru with an install. Interesting thing about live cd's is one can see what's up and nothing gets harmed on the hardrive.

    Now for the time to work at it. May buy one from osdisc but I'll try my dsl first .

    Compute away and love it.

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    Computer love. Wish I got more of the post but I'm new o.O

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    Seems Mint 14 with the Mate de works pretty good. And it's the updated 14.1 release.

    Managed to dwnld in 2 and a half hours.

    Thanks for the advice. Now see how good it works in the long haul.

    Bang that keyboard and have fun.

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