Installing Linux on a new PC


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I bought a PC (I compiled a computer with this set):

ASRock B450M PRO4
GPU RX 560
Ryzen 5 2600

The drivers on the manufacturer's website are for Win10 / 7 only. My question is how can I install Linux on this PC? Where can I get the drivers? It must somehow go. How is this addressed?
Thank you

Hello linuxak01,

Generally Linux installs the needed drivers at the time of install.

However depending on how new the hardware the needed drivers may not be available.

My suggestion is to decide which Linux distro you want to use and create bootable media and give it a test drive and see what happens.

Here is some good documentation written by a linux'org member Condobloke.

**How to install/try Linux Mint on your Windows PC**

First, you can -- __and should__ -- try Linux Mint before switching to it. Fortunately, unlike other operating systems, Linux distros like Mint make it easy to give them a test run before installing it.

First you'll need to download a copy of Linux Mint, which comes with three different desktops: MATE, Xfce, and its default desktop, Cinnamon. If you have a 2012-or-newer PC, I recommend you download the 64-bit version of Mint with Cinnamon and multi-media support.

If you don't have an __ISO burner program__, download one. I recommend freeware programs ImgBurn for optical drives and Yumi for Windows for USB sticks. Other good choices are LinuxLive USB Creator and UNetbootin. These are also free programs.

((( I use unetbootin. I download the iso file separately....I don't use unetbootin to download it for me. I then use the are at the bottom of the unetbootin window to locate the iso on my pc, select the USB stick to write it 4gb of persistence (so that after a reboot most/all the changes i have made will still be there)....and away we go !)))

**Giving Mint a try**

Once you've installed the burner program and have the latest Linux Mint ISO file in hand, use the burner to put the ISO image to your disc or USB stick. If you're using a DVD -- __Mint is too big to fit on a CD__ -- check your newly burned disc for errors. Over the years, I've had more __problems with running Linux and installing Linux from DVDs__ from bad discs than all other causes combined.

You can set it up a USB stick with persistent storage. With this, you can store your programs and files on the stick. This way you can carry Linux and use it as a walk-around operating system for hotel, conference, and library PCs. I've found this to be very handy and there's always at least one Linux stick in my laptop bag.

**Next, you place your disc or USB stick into your PC and reboot**. During the reboot, stop the boot-up process and get to your PC's UEFI or BIOS settings. How you do this varies according to the system.

Look for a message as the machine starts up that tells which key or keys you'll need to press in order to get to the BIOS or UEFI. Likely candidates are a function key or the "esc" or "delete" keys. __If you don't spot it the first time, don't worry about it. Just reboot and try again.__

Once you get to the BIOS or UEFI, look for a menu choice labeled "Boot," "Boot Options," or "Boot Order." If you don't see anything with the word "boot" in it, check other menu options such as "Advanced Options," "Advanced BIOS Features," or "Other Options." Once you find it, set the boot order so that instead of booting from the hard drive first, you boot from either the CD/DVD drive or from a USB drive.

Once your PC is set to try to boot first from the alternative drive, insert your DVD or USB stick and reboot. __Then, select "Start Linux Mint" from the first menu. And, from there, you'll be running Linux Mint.__

Some Nvidia graphics cards don't work well with Mint's open-source driver. If Linux Mint freezes during boot, use the "nomodeset" boot option. You set this to the Start Linux Mint option and press __'e'__ to modify the boot options. Then, replace "quiet splash" with "nomodeset" and press F10 to boot. On older PCs using BIOS, press 'tab' instead of 'e.'

__MINT WILL RUN SLOWER THIS WAY, BUT IT WILL BOOT AND RUN__. If you decide to install Mint, you can permanently fix the problem with the following steps:

Run the Driver Manager
Choose the NVIDIA drivers and wait for them to be installed
Reboot the computer


Using a DVD drive Mint will run slowly, but it will run quickly enough to give you an idea of what it's like to use Mint. With a USB stick, it runs fast enough to give you a good notion of what working with Mint is like. with it...explore CANNOT break it...remember it is on a thumb drive....if it goes up in smoke, just reboot and away you go again. No harm done.__

Advice : Have a look at **'Timeshift'** it is similar to windows system restore.....just MUCH better. It actually works.

A good tutorial can be found :

While you are //playing with Linux// on a thumb drive //you will not need Timeshift//.....but after you have **actually INSTALLED Linux...then i HIGHLY recommend you give Timeshift a run**. If you have an __external hard drive as well, this is the ideal set up.__ You are able to send a 'snapshot' of your system to the external hard drive via Timeshift' serves as a 'safe spot' which you can restore from with one click.
In the case of a (HIGHLY unlikely) bad update, where your normal __Linux__ would not boot.....simply boot the pc to the external hard the 'snapshot' you wish to run (usually the one made before the bad update) on 'restore'....go make coffee.
It will be done by the time you have made it. __Simple.__



Read the rest of this article online.


I have always installed Linux in such a way that wipes out windows/whatever else is on the Hard drive/ssd

**You may wish to dual boot**. The instructions for that are at that link, where it tells you to __"install linux mint alongside..__"...

This procedure will install Linux Mint next to your existing Windows system and leave it totally untouched. When I do this, I usually give half my PC's remaining drive space to Mint. You'll be asked to choose which operating system you want to boot by default. No matter which one you pick, you'll get a few seconds to switch to the other operating system.

You'll also be required to give your system a name; __pick out a username for yourself, and come up with a PASSWORD. WRITE THE BLOODY THING DOWN__. You WILL need it....many times over. On many occasions when you type the password into will NOT show on screen...not even asterisks etc have a record of it..... somewhere.

Set up a regular Timeshift schedule. Easy to do. Peace of mind assured.

Unless you work for the nsa, don't encrypt your drive. For normal day to day use , you do not need it.

Drivers : Next, you can have it check to see if your computer needs any additional drivers. I highly recommend you run this. After this, you can choose to install proprietary multimedia codecs such as drivers to watch DVDs. I think you should do this, as well.

You should also set it to __update your system to the latest software.__

Unlike Windows, when you update Mint, you're updating not just your operating system but all the other programs such as the default web browser, Firefox; office-suite, LibreOffice; and any other programs you've installed from Mint's Software Manager.
(software manager on menu...then on software manager (hover over icons, you will find it)...)

__To update manually, click on the shield icon in the menu bar__. By default in the Cinnamon desktop, the bar will be on the bottom part of the screen and the icon will be on the right. It will then prompt you for your password and ask if you really want to update your system. Say yes, and you'll be ready to give your new Mint system a real try out.

**PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ. Your updates will be automatically set to ""JUST KEEP MY COMPUTER SAFE""**......DO NOT stop/delay/fiddle with updates. __THIS IS NOT WINDOWS__. Just let the update manager do its thing. It will not destroy your pc and have you spend countless hours trying to resurrect it from the ashes....This NOT windows. Have Faith.

At some later time after you have become REALLY familiar with Linux, you may progress to the update setting..::Let me Review Sensitive Updates""....That is for **LATER.**
__(and just in case you select that update policy, and something goes sideways....thats what Timeshift is for !!!)__

The setup routine also offers to let you look at system settings and find new programs with the Software Manager, but since you're probably a new user, you can skip those for now. Please...__.. skip this FOR NOW.__

Set up Firefox (if you use that) If you have used F'Fox in windows you may have used the "Sync Settings" in Firefox account. Use that to 'sync' your settings, add ons, history,bookmarks,preferences,logins etc

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G'day @linuxak01 and welcome to :)

Just to add to the above, good, advice, a little:
  1. Google "linux best gaming distros" and work through some of them
  2. Make the acquaintance of and in particular in its page header, the reference to Page Hit Ranking
  3. If you follow the advice provided by friend @poorguy and thus indirectly from another friend Brian @Condobloke , or choose a similar path - the process described is known as Linux Live, so we say Live USB, Live DVD &c. It can be used to try before you buy (although Linux is free) or "test drive" a Distro, as well as then to ultimately install it on your HDD/SSD.
  4. BUT - (Wizard's but is never far behind him) it is also a perfectly good opportunity for you to test that the Linux being looked at recognises your WiFi, sound/speakers system, printers, and other peripherals such as joysticks, &c
So make good opportunity of your time trying these things, sing out if you need advice - you are in General Linux now, but if you have trouble with an install. slip over to Getting Started and start a new Thread.


Chris Turner
I built my system with specs similar to the OPs, but I recently decided to try to install a couple different distros of Linux, but ended up with failed attempts. I tried to boot a live image of pop-os 19.04 & Manjaro KDE 18.1.5. I get a different error depending on which boot method I try (legacy or UEFI). One of the errors I've seen is 'iotlb_inv_timeout', but I can't remember if it was when choosing UEFI or legacy as the boot option. I've tried booting with a SanDisk Cruzer flash drive and a DVD-RW, each a separate distro, but same errors per. Both images boot fine in Virtualbox, and my board has a BIOS version of P1.10.

ASRock B450M Pro4
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
ATI Radeon 550 Series
RAM=8 gigs
120 gig SSD
500 gig standard HDD
1 terabyte standard HDD
Current OS: Windows 10 Pro on Preview Build
I bought a PC (I compiled a computer with this set):

ASRock B450M PRO4
GPU RX 560
Ryzen 5 2600

The drivers on the manufacturer's website are for Win10 / 7 only. My question is how can I install Linux on this PC? Where can I get the drivers? It must somehow go. How is this addressed?
Thank you
Are you looking to make this your main OS? Or are you planning on using the same 2 Linux and Windows OS'es? I have 2 easy solutions!

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