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Mint 19.1 x64 Cinnamon is not suitable for my PC?
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Hello!
I am really upset, and I do not know what is going on.
I have used Linux Mint 19.1 x64 Cinnamon for several months, no problems at all...

After I installed a bunch of software, I saw Mint struggled to work and I decided it is time to reinstall a fresh copy of Mint. In order to do that, I moved on an external drive all my personal folders from Home, knowing that Home keep all kind of config files regarding my user settings for different software, so I did not kept anything. I even delete all the partitions, everything was wiped.

I installed the same Mint 19.1 x64 Cinnamon by choosing Something else, recreated the partitions (SSD contains only the OS) and another internal HDD containing my Home directory. I did not create the swap partition, but what I made different this time was to create that fat32 partition with 300 mb and flagged it as boot and esp.

Having my fresh installed copy of Mint 19.1, I updated everything that showed up in the update manager and after a restart I started and install all my software I use: Double Commander, Audacity, Epson printer, Chrome, Qbittorent, Dropbox, 4kvideodownloader, then WINE and Virtualbox.

So I did not try to check if playing video files from my PC or Chrome goes smoothly as it did in my previous Mint installation.
After installing everything I mentioned above, I could see that the screen tearings appeared everywhere when a video file was playes either by Chrome or VLC player. I tried fixing that by following 2 tutorials and I managed to fix that BUT sometimes, if I exist YouTube full screen, for few seconds, my tabs row and in between Chrome and Mint's start bar, I can see a frame from when I exited the full screen (it looks like I have set a wallpaper). Moving the mouse to the tabs row, that "wallpaper" disappears.

Then I discovered that there are crackle sounds in one of my guest os under Virtualbox, but in the other guest (same OS = Win 7) there were no crackle sounds at all. I wrote this problem in Virtualbox forum and I am waiting for help... Oh, in the time I was writing this, I received help from Vbox forum and I solved the crackle sound problem (I have set maximum of cores for my VM. Setting up to 2 cores solved my problem, so it was my fault).

In my searches and forum posting, someone told me I have an old machine for Mint 19.1 with or without Cinnamon desktop.
Is it true?
I can not imagine using another linux distro besides Linux Mint, and Mint 18.x had more troubles with Cinnamon falling back over and over. 

What should I use tho?

Code:
oks@oks:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:
 Host: oks Kernel: 4.15.0-54-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0
 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.0.10 Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa
 base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine:
 Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: N/A v: N/A serial: <filter>
 Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z77-DS3H v: x.x serial: <filter>
 UEFI: American Megatrends v: F9 date: 09/19/2012
CPU:
 Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-3570 bits: 64 type: MCP
 arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 L2 cache: 6144 KiB
 flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 27225
 Speed: 2225 MHz min/max: 1600/3800 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1723 2: 1694
 3: 1639 4: 1683
Graphics:
 Device-1: AMD Bonaire XTX [Radeon R7 260X/360] vendor: PC Partner Limited
 driver: radeon v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0
 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: radeon
 resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
 OpenGL: renderer: AMD BONAIRE (DRM 2.50.0 4.15.0-54-generic LLVM 8.0.0)
 v: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.2 direct render: Yes
Audio:
 Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio
 vendor: Gigabyte driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
 Device-2: AMD Tobago HDMI Audio [Radeon R7 360 / R9 360 OEM]
 vendor: PC Partner Limited driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1
 Device-3: C-Media CMI8788 [Oxygen HD Audio] vendor: ASUSTeK Virtuoso 66
 driver: snd_virtuoso v: kernel bus ID: 05:01.0
 Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-54-generic
Network:
 Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Gigabyte
 driver: atl1c v: 1.0.1.1-NAPI port: d000 bus ID: 03:00.0
 IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:
 Local Storage: total: 1.87 TiB used: 1.02 TiB (54.7%)
 ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Kingston model: SV300S37A60G size: 55.90 GiB
 ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EZEX-00BN5A0
 size: 931.51 GiB
 ID-3: /dev/sdc type: USB vendor: Western Digital model: WD Elements 25A2
 size: 931.48 GiB
Partition:
 ID-1: / size: 54.48 GiB used: 12.66 GiB (23.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
 ID-2: /home size: 915.89 GiB used: 183.18 GiB (20.0%) fs: ext4
 dev: /dev/sdb1
Sensors:
 System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: radeon temp: 42 C
 Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
 Processes: 248 Uptime: 2h 36m Memory: 7.75 GiB used: 2.07 GiB (26.7%)
 Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20
 inxi: 3.0.27
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#2
I'd say mint 19.0
Your machine is not to old for Linux Mint.
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#3
Thank, p-murphy, but can you elaborate?
Why Mint 19.0?
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(07-11-2019, 06:41 AM)ovisergiu Wrote: Thank, p-murphy, but can you elaborate?
Why Mint 19.0?
Before I say anything else I will suggest that you try updating the kernel to 4.18 or 5.0 in the update manger. This might fix the issue on 19.1 as I think your mesa drivers are to new for your 4.15 kernel.

Or you can try to install another desktop on your existing installation like mate (For the software center)

I recommended mint 19.0 because I think your issue might be caused by an update that was applied in 19.1.
Mint 19.0 might not have applied this update.

There are some other other options I will recommend:
 Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE)
 Peppermint
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(07-11-2019, 12:00 PM)p-murphy Wrote:
(07-11-2019, 06:41 AM)ovisergiu Wrote: Thank, p-murphy, but can you elaborate?
Why Mint 19.0?
Before I say anything else I will suggest that you try updating the kernel to 4.18 or 5.0 in the update manger. This might fix the issue on 19.1 as I think your mesa drivers are to new for your 4.15 kernel.

Or you can try to install another desktop on your existing installation like mate (For the software center)

I recommended mint 19.0 because I think your issue might be caused by an update that was applied in 19.1.
Mint 19.0 might not have applied this update.

There are some other other options I will recommend:
 Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE)
 Peppermint

Hi,
Peppermint 10 is on 4.18.0-21 on my VM install if that helps!
I just updated and I stand corrected. it is 4.18.0-25... Big Grin
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