Scrubtrash Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:25pm
A few questions about Mint
1.Can i install it on my 2nd hdd(where my windows steam install and all my games are)and still keep my stuff(aka do i need to format my drive?)

2.Do i get my video drivers(or any other driver)thru Mint or thru Nvidia's website?

3.Will Steam work on 64-bit?
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_donda_ Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:35pm 
hi,

1. yes, but you have to repartition the drive, meaning allocate less space to your windows partition so there's room to have a linux partition.

2. there should be nvidia driver packages in mint, but you can also get them from the website. former is easier though.

3. yes, but you need to install 32 bit compatibility libraries. there are plenty of guides on that, google something like "steam architecture i386". the easier way is to install 32 bit ubuntu.

hope that helps
Z!nk Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:40pm 
1. I can't answer this one, except that if you were able to do that, you would probably want a separate partition.

2. What I did was: System tools > System settings > Software sources > Additional drivers > Select the "Using NVIDIA binary Xorg driver...nvidia-current..."
The system will update it for you this way, unlike if you installed them from the site.

3. Steam will work on 64bit; I am using it on 64bit Mint right now.
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Scrubtrash Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:41pm 
Alright,thanks guys!

Edit:Do i have to make the new partition on Windows or can i do it through the installer(without it deleting my stuff)?
Last edited by Scrubtrash; Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:48pm
Z!nk Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:50pm 
Repartitioning a drive with data you want to keep is risky business. You should make a backup before repartitioning. Check out gparted for doing the partitioning, not Windows. gparted may be able to do it without formating.
[Linux]sulman Feb 16, 2013 @ 2:50pm 
Originally posted by Scrubtrash:
Alright,thanks guys!

Edit:Do i have to make the new partition on Windows or can i do it through the installer(without it deleting my stuff)?

Do it through the installer. If it's Gparted it's dead easy. It won't hurt your windows install, just make sure you identify the right disk :)

You can even mount your windows drive within Linux and copy files to and from it. Surprisingly handy.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 16, 2013 @ 3:31pm 
Originally posted by Scrubtrash:
1.Can i install it on my 2nd hdd(where my windows steam install and all my games are)and still keep my stuff(aka do i need to format my drive?)

2.Do i get my video drivers(or any other driver)thru Mint or thru Nvidia's website?

3.Will Steam work on 64-bit?

Hi Scrubtrash,

First, update, update, update. Ensure your system is patched and current before doing anything.

You absolutely need the nvidia drivers. Get them through Synaptic. The nvidia-experimental-310 is in use everywhere. If your video card is brand-spanking-new, you might need a more recent nvidia-driver version. Still, get them through Synaptic. That's "easy mode" Also, reboot after you install those drivers.

Second, go to store.steampowered.com in your web browser. Click on the green "install steam" icon and Mint will do the rest. Just follow the prompts. The software-installer will pickup any other packages you need to install Steam.

Oh, and yes, Steam works on 64bit distros. The client might not be 64bit but it absolutely works on 64bit distros.

Keep us updated on your progress!
Scrubtrash Feb 16, 2013 @ 6:58pm 
I'm on Gparted right now and im a bit lost.Im on the page of my second hdd and when i click resize(thats it right?)it gives me space preceding new size and space following... its 1tb and using exactly 503GB on it.I want to make a 250Gb partition for Mint.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 16, 2013 @ 7:02pm 
Originally posted by Scrubtrash:
I'm on Gparted right now and im a bit lost.Im on the page of my second hdd and when i click resize(thats it right?)it gives me space preceding new size and space following... its 1tb and using exactly 503GB on it.I want to make a 250Gb partition for Mint.

Visuals please. How about a screenshot?
Scrubtrash Feb 16, 2013 @ 7:28pm 
Nvm i figured it out.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 16, 2013 @ 7:41pm 
Originally posted by Scrubtrash:
Nvm i figured it out.

Steam running on Mint yet? TF2 goodness?
Scrubtrash Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:39pm 
Well,Mint 14 just freezes when i try to install it.Could it be because it's running on two screens?

I once had something happen when the screen became black execpt for a white rectangle in the corner with stuff about playlists and ''GPU locking up''...
Last edited by Scrubtrash; Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:40pm
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:45pm 
Originally posted by Scrubtrash:
Well,Mint 14 just freezes when i try to install it.Could it be because it's running on two screens?

I once had something happen when the screen became black execpt for a white rectangle in the corner with stuff about playlists and ''GPU locking up''...

Two screens shouldn't be a problem...but starting with one might make troubleshooting easier.

Where is the Mint install freezing?
Scrubtrash Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:47pm 
It actually freezes after a while,whatever i do.Anyway,should i use 13 instead as it's supported until 2017(14 is only until 2014)?
[Linux]sulman Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:49pm 
What point is it freezing at - on the installer?
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:51pm 
Originally posted by Scrubtrash:
It actually freezes after a while,whatever i do.Anyway,should i use 13 instead as it's supported until 2017(14 is only until 2014)?

Can't speak about which version to install. That's a user choice.

So, you boot from the Linux Mint DVD, end up in a desktop where you double-click on "install Linux Mint". What happens next? Does the installer run? Are you prompted for setup info (locale, user, password, partitioning, etc.)? Does the installer get past that point and start installing packages?

Details, please.
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