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Old 09-08-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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how to import drivers and settings from mint 16 to mint 17


I have a hdd with four partitions. One of them has mint 16. I just installed mint 17.2 on another partition.
In mint 17.2 the screen is running at a very low resolution and doesn't recognize the dual monitor setup.

I bought this computer a year ago and I dont remember the hardware specs.
I know that the video adapter is on the mother board and has a dual monitor support. But the mint 16 boots with all the hardware specs recognized correctly. How do I tell the hardware specs from the mint 16 partition? How do I copy the drivers or other settings from the mint 16 partition to the mint 17 partition?

I can access the mint 16 partition as /sda4 from the mint 17 installation. Is there a way to tell the hardware specs by cat ing some file without rebooting into the mint 16?
Is there a way to copy the drivers or whatever from /sda4 to mint 17?

If I run Menu/Administration/Driver Manager (in 17) it shows a blank window with 'No proprietary drivers in use' at the bottom. If that helps.

Installing mint 17 was a huge hassle so I don't want to repeat it for the mint 16 partition to upgrade it. Besides I don't want to lose any drivers and settings stored on it through an upgrade. I originally installed mint, ubuntu, debian and edubuntu on four separate partitions so I could test out different distributions because I was (and still am) a linux newbie. That came in handy when ubuntu committed network suicide by auto updating itself. It destroyed its network access by auto update and I couldn't fix it because I couldn't access the internet from it. So I switched to linux mint. Installing on separate partitions also came in handy when I had lots of trouble with installing mint 17.
 
Old 09-08-2015, 10:29 AM   #2
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Try running:

Code:
lspci
And it should give you a semi-detailed listing of your hardware.
 
Old 09-08-2015, 10:38 AM   #3
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This is a output of lspci:

Code:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. AMD RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3)
00:0a.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 5)
00:11.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
00:12.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:12.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:13.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3c)
00:14.1 IDE interface: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller
00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:14.5 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS780L [Radeon 3000]
01:05.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS780 HDMI Audio [Radeon (HD) 3000 Series]
02:00.0 USB controller: ASMedia Technology Inc. Device 1142
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 09)
What should I do with this info?
 
Old 09-08-2015, 11:03 AM   #4
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Okay, first look over it carefully. That listing is your hardware specs.

Your VGA adapter is an AMD Radeon HD series, so unless you're running the AMD proprietary drivers, Xorg should automatically configure itself for the "ati" driver. You should have at minimum a configuration for X in either /etc/X11 or /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d with the adapter using the "ati" driver.

Everything else is automatically set up by udev, so you won't need to recopy anything for each device.

I won't recommend the AMD proprietary drivers anyway. They're often very sketchy in support, and a properly updated MesaLib package along with various add on packages like driconf and libtxc_dxtn with an environment flag set with:

Code:
export force_s3tc_enable=true
will give near equal support to the AMD proprietary drivers and have more stability.
 
Old 09-08-2015, 11:37 AM   #5
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Code:
mint17 ~ # ls /etc/X11 -al
total 88
drwxr-xr-x  10 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:32 .
drwxr-xr-x 145 root root 12288 Sep  8 17:28 ..
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:32 app-defaults
-rw-r--r--   1 root root    14 Jun 27 19:32 default-display-manager
drwxr-xr-x   4 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:22 fonts
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 17394 Dec  3  2009 rgb.txt
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root    13 Sep  8 15:10 X -> /usr/bin/Xorg
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:32 xinit
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jan 15  2014 xkb
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   709 Apr  1  2010 Xreset
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:24 Xreset.d
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:24 Xresources
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  3730 Oct  8  2014 Xsession
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:30 Xsession.d
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   265 Jul  1  2008 Xsession.options
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jun 27 19:32 xsm
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   601 Jun 27 19:24 Xwrapper.config
mint17 ~ # ls /sda4/etc/X11 -al
total 88
drwxr-xr-x   9 root root  4096 Nov 26  2013 .
drwxr-xr-x 147 root root 12288 Sep  8 15:03 ..
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 26  2013 app-defaults
-rw-r--r--   1 root root    14 Nov 26  2013 default-display-manager
drwxr-xr-x   4 root root  4096 Nov 26  2013 fonts
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 17394 Dec  3  2009 rgb.txt
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root    13 Mar  4  2014 X -> /usr/bin/Xorg
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 26  2013 xinit
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 May 17  2013 xkb
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root   709 Apr  1  2010 Xreset
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 26  2013 Xreset.d
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 26  2013 Xresources
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root  3730 Mar 22  2012 Xsession
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 26  2013 Xsession.d
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   265 Jul  1  2008 Xsession.options
-rw-r--r--   1 root root    13 Jun  6  2013 XvMCConfig
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   601 Nov 26  2013 Xwrapper.config
I dont see a conf file in either mint 17 or 16 folders.

So far the following things dont work:
Screen resolution is very low.
Dual monitor support absent.
VLC is very slow probably because rendering is being done in software.
No sound in either VLC or youtube.
USB not accessible from mint 17.

Everything was working when I booted from USB.
Screen resolution was great.
I was watching youtube on one screen while the installation was proceeding on the other monitor.

Why would everything stop working when I boot from hdd mint 17 but not when I boot from usb mint 17?
 
Old 09-08-2015, 12:54 PM   #6
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I reinstalled mint 17.2, this time telling it to format the partition.
Everything is working so far.
It seems when the partition was not formatted the previous ubuntu files mixed up with the new files and screwed up the installation.

Thank you.
 
  


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