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Newbee questions before installation… will it work on my Notebook?

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My computer is a Lenovo Thinkpad W520, a powerhouse with an i7-2720, 32 GB RAM, two fairly big SSDs, fingerprint reader, USB3, eSata and a color calibration tool - you name it, this was built for photo and video editing.

The printers are a Samsung M288 printer/scanner and a Brother MFC 6490CW2.

Recently I installed Ubuntu 18 LTS and ran into several problems - the machine did not boot properly, sound did not work and more, printer installation felt like a dentist appointment, Wifi was dead slow, Bluetooth did not work and a few more. I could fix some of that but it was no fun at all. So, I am ready to quit the "normal" Ubuntu world.

**As LL is based on Ubuntu, too, do I have to expect the same problems?

Did any of you ever successfully install this OS on a similar machine? **

Intended use:
1. Video editing with Shotcut
2. Audio editing
3. Photo editing
4. organization of media files
5. Standard tasks like web browsing, writing letters, spreadsheets etc.
6. Maybe, maybe use Wine or similar to work with the construction software SketchUp or Vectorworks plus a renderer or so.
 


Re: Newbee questions before installation… will it work on my Notebook?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 10:04:36 AM »
 

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@cxo

There is a hardware list where you can see the hardware of other people successfully running Linux Lite.  Go to www.linuxliteos.com and click on Support, then Hardware DB.  In fact, I did a quick search, and here are the results I received when I searched for "w520."  https://www.linuxliteos.com/hardware_results.php?q=w520#search_results

Secondly, you can boot to the Live Media and see if sound, fingerprint reader, printers, and et cetera work before you install the software to your computer.  Printers may require installing separate drivers and doing this in a Live Media session might not work.  You could check Samsung and Brother for compatibility of those printer models with Debian/Ubuntu based Linux.
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Re: Newbee questions before installation… will it work on my Notebook?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 10:17:05 AM »
 

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Wow, that was quick.

Would I need the normal or the UEFI installer?
 

Re: Newbee questions before installation… will it work on my Notebook?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2020, 11:58:35 AM »
 

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@cxo ,

Consider following the release announcement and the installation guide referenced here:
https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/release-announcements/linux-lite-4-8-final-released/
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