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#1 Cookie

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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 07:40 AM

With the EOL of Win7 many pc user do not want to share all their personal data with MS by "updating" to Win10.
After a fresh full install of W10 I registered a 1.5GB upload in the task manager...

Win7 was the last MS OS you owned, you could buy a new pc and move the old OS to it. W10 is bound to a single HW constellation.

So for me the decision is clear to not use W10 for my daily tasks as banking, e-mail and net-surfing!

But wich of the many linux distros is the best for an old Windows user since Windows 3.1?
A distro that comes with an easy to install iso file you can test "live" without installing.
I testet Ubuntu, Sparkylinux, Manjaro, Debian, Mint and many others.

The last 2 distros standing were Manjaro and Mint:

Manjaro is a rolling release, what means, it is allways up-to-date with the newest software and OS kernel.
Mint is a more conservative distro, with an older but saver kernel, security is up-to-date of course.

The decision to take mint cinnamon was finaly fallen when
I succeeded to get Teamspeak working with the onboard sound to earphones and the GPL sound over HDMI to the speaker.

So if you want to move from W7 to a new OS just don't hurry,
easiest and savest way is to get a small 128/250GB SSD and make a fresh install.
Or
If you have some space left on your old HDD or SSD you can install it besides W7.

If you want to use the old HDD or SSD make shure to save all the data on an external drive.

One of the main things is the browser settings and links and PWs,
I use firefox and the first thing is to get it working in my new OS means copying a single folder! (profile xxxxxx.default)

First steps:

Get an USB stick and write the .iso on it

- linuxmint-19.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso -> https://linuxmint.com/
- Win32 Disk Imager -> https://sourceforge....in32diskimager/
- 4/8 GB USB stick (I prefer USB3 as it is extremely faster)

Run it by pressing F9 or F11 during the booting
Test the OS...

to be continued


Edited by Cookie, Jan 20 2020 - 09:23 AM.


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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 09:28 AM

Installing

Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon

Best for GPL is to use a NVidia GPU
as it has proprietary drivers that supports the openGL version that is used by the OGLV2 rasterizer we use!!!
AMD and intel GPU do work too but you only can use Direct3DV2 rasterizer.
Modern Games like AC work perfect with AMD GPU RX 580 here!

Run the pc and let it boot from USB

on the desktop you find the installer - run it - follow the steps.

Decide to do a single or parallel install.

Check the thirdparty software box! to get the proprietary drivers for the NV GPU

Let it do it's work, after less than 5min you have a new OS ( just did it)

Restart the pc

Now you get the welcome window follow it step for step (the first 3 are most important)

choose the best  NV proprietary driver

after this do a restart

now the browser, firefox for me, start it once and close it.
open the personal folder- hit ctrl-h - to make hidden files visible!
go to .mozilla and copy the name of the xxxx.default-release folder
rename the saved from windows profile folder to it and put it in there - voila you have your old firefox!

Now we go to https://easylinuxtip...t-cinnamon.html wich is allways a first help for me

I use it to learn about the use of the terminal

and to set the numlock at startup!


After this you have a working OS!

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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 09:58 AM

Installing wine -  the windows environment for GPL

open the software center and search for "wine" -> install it

then open the terminal and write winecfg

close all windows

now open your personal folder - now you find .wine folder (hidden) unhide (ctrl+h) -- open it

go to .wine/drive_c and copy your saved GPL folder into it

now run GEMPackage_2.5.0.32.exe

delete the GEM.ini in .wine/drive_c/users/Public/Documents/GEM+

open GPLSecrets folder

- open igor.ini for the path
- put your old options folder in GEM+
- copy the last GPL Setup Manager folder in it

now run GEM+2 and find a fitting size

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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 10:32 AM

Setting up the G27 wheel + fanatec pedals

open a terminal and write wine control

open the game controller and  disable the G27 (js)

you can test the ffb too, but it's strong!


PS
the last pic is the result of this install :up:

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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 11:27 AM

Hi Axel,

all you´re doing here is just GREAT!

Linux Mint and GPL runs fine here at my home since years - on my PC-workstation (AMD Phenom II X4 965 with an AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series-grafics) and on my old Macbook (late 2008) with a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M "graphics processor with 512 MB too!

Definitely a recommodation for everybody not wanna have his pants down..

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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 01:29 PM

Thank you, Axel!
Last time I tried GPL on Linux I had problems with getting force feedback work. But it was many years ago. Too bad I'm stuck to Windows 10 at the moment...

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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 05:44 PM

I got the best results from Mint too. Manjaro had real problems with oglv2 but I think that has more to do with amd radeon and wine-staging. I never got around to seeing if GPL using oglv2 could work with Manjaro and wine-stable.

I'd recommend copying a windows install of GPL for Linux. I started from nothing once and every time I ran another exe for installing mods or tracks GPL got buggier until it was useless. I thought about filing a bug report to winehq but they request that only one program be installed in the wine prefix. That got me thinking that each time I ran another exe in linux it was making GPL buggier.

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Posted Jan 20 2020 - 06:07 PM

Great Axel!!

I have Manjaro with Gnome on an intel i7 Laptop with integrated "gpu" and it works very good with directX, although the fps go slightly under 36 at the end of full grids.

I can add that the G27's H stick works only with "fairshift" and this is the main reason I still don't use Linux for racing online. Sadly gplshift don't survive Wine... But if you're ok being slower than everybody else "fairshift" does perfectly what's intended to do.

Thanks Axel for the post!

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Posted Jan 21 2020 - 06:42 AM

Marco I found that even the smallest NVidia GPU makes a big difference.
I just bought a GT 1030 for 50€ for my office pc, in my laptop a NVIDIA NVS 4200M makes GPL run in 60fps full HD like a charm!

I will test the H shifter with mint...

Edited by Cookie, Jan 21 2020 - 06:46 AM.


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Posted Jan 21 2020 - 10:18 AM

Great, Axel!

Let us know how go your tests with the H :)

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Posted Jan 21 2020 - 03:26 PM

clear tutorial, Axel .Informative and useful . :) Your topic has to be a sticky one

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Posted Feb 05 2020 - 01:17 PM

Followed. Interesting for future, as i don't want to move to Windows 10.




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