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grumpyskeptic 03-19-2019 06:30 AM

Can I install Linux Mint on a Dell Inspiron 531, which has an AMD64 CPU and built in Nvidia?
 
I have been given a Dell Inspiron 531 desktop tower, which has an AMD64 CPU rather than the usual Intel CPU. I understand from looking it up on the internet that the board has built-in Nvidia graphics, although I cannot see any graphics card.

Will either of these create any problems when installing the latest long-term support version of Linux Mint?

The hard-drive is missing, so I will have to buy a new one or scavenge from another old computer.

(Sidenote: I chose Linux Mint as it seems to have the best and easiest means of installing and removing software programs. Its "Software Manager" is one-click, includes pictures of the software as well as star ratings and user comments. If it was not for that, I would probably prefer to install Ubuntu Mate.)

Thanks.

hazel 03-19-2019 06:55 AM

The cpu shouldn't be a problem. amd64 and Intel x86_64 are the same machine code basically. For the graphics you will probably need to install the proprietary nvidia driver. There is an open source equivalent, nouveau, but I gather people have a lot of problems with it.

camorri 03-19-2019 08:11 AM

Further to Hazels comments, I have run only AMD hardware for several years on linux. I have never seen an incompatibility problem.

As for the graphics, to advise you better, we need to know the chip set you have on the system. It may, or may not be Nvidia. I have an older system with an older Nvidia chip set that is no longer supported. I had to go to my favourite computer shop and buy a new card. There are plenty of cards that cost around $100.00 Canadian dollars. This is the link to Nvidia, it will tell you what cards ( chip sets ) are supported by each available driver.

-->https://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

As for the HD, if you have to buy one, buy an SSD, They will give you a large performance increase, see at boot time, and program load time. Well worth the investment.

DavidMcCann 03-19-2019 11:38 AM

If you want best performance with a proprietary driver, Mint will have it in its repository. See here for instructions:
https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-insta...-on-linux-mint

sidzen 03-19-2019 11:47 AM

https://www.lifewire.com/dell-inspiron-531-832058Back to the hardware limitations, Mint runs IMHO lousy on less than 2gigs of RAM. As stated, nVidia is a minor problem, compared to optimal RAM for the distro.

Puppy may be the best choice, performance-wise, I'd say.

If you want, look at my post under the Puppy form.

Best wishes and it can be done with persistance.

grumpyskeptic 03-20-2019 08:54 AM

The motherboard is an ASUS OEM M2N61-AX, and this webpage https://www.softwaredriverdownload.c...oard_spec.html says the chipset is "nForce 430" and the GPU is "NVIDIA Geforce 6100 Onboard VGA". It will not be used to play games.

The computer had 2GB of RAM memory in the board slots and I can probably increase that to 4GB.

Am I right to assume that the Linux Mint Mate installation DVD will automatically install something workable for the graphics, and if I am not happy with that I can then follow the advice on the webpage linked to by DavidMcCann?

Thanks.

camorri 03-20-2019 10:25 AM

This is the only driver listed that will work with this old Nvidia hardware.

-->https://www.nvidia.com/Download/driv...px/71303/en-us

Have a look at the "Supported Products" tab, and you will see your chip set listed. I can not tell you if Mint has this driver available in their repos. I have two systems with Gforce 6 series chip sets. I bought a newer card, deactivated the on board Nvidia chip set. As kernels get newer, this old driver software will no longer work with newer kernels.

Best advice, install Mint, and see if you can find a package that will work. Nvidia has no incentive to fix old drivers for the newer kernels. For me, this driver stopped working on kernel 4.4.157 on Slackware version 14.2.

You can always try Nouveau driver. As far as I know it should be available in Mint.

hazel 03-20-2019 12:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by camorri (Post 5975859)
You can always try Nouveau driver. As far as I know it should be available in Mint.

As far as I know, nouveau is available in every Linux distro. The reason I didn't recommend it is that I know most nVidia users blacklist it. So I assume there's something wrong with the way it works.

camorri 03-20-2019 12:12 PM

Quote:

The reason I didn't recommend it is that I know most nVidia users blacklist it. So I assume there's something wrong with the way it works.
Its and either or choice. If you want to use Nvidia, and get the acceleration form the closed source driver, you have to prevent Nouveau loading; thus the blacklisting.

I have used Nouveau, it mostly works, but may not give satisfactory results with some video, for example. Its a choice, open source Nouveau or closed source Nvidia.

DeTechTive 03-24-2019 12:45 PM

You absolutely can
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by camorri (Post 5975890)
Its and either or choice. If you want to use Nvidia, and get the acceleration form the closed source driver, you have to prevent Nouveau loading; thus the blacklisting.

I have used Nouveau, it mostly works, but may not give satisfactory results with some video, for example. Its a choice, open source Nouveau or closed source Nvidia.

I am running Linux Mint 19.1 on a system with an AMD processor and a Nvidia video card and I can assure you not only is it possible to run Linux but the Nvidia drivers are actually better than the generic Nouveau.

RockDoctor 04-01-2019 03:29 PM

The nouveau driver works quite well with my systems that use onboard Nvidia 6100 graphics, and loads by default.


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