PopOS

Why can't I install Windows 10 on my old laptop?

Windows 10

Episode 1688

Bob from Leonia, New Jersey

Bob upgraded most of his laptops to Windows 10. But he has one laptop that is running into trouble upgrading. He discovered that being an old HP 32 bit laptop, its ATI Video card isn't supported to make the switch. Leo says that there may be a separate motherboard graphics card built-in. You can try disabling the card in the BIOS and see if the motherboard card will work. But that may not work. Without drivers, you're kind of stuck. 

Why doesn't WiFi work with my Linux Distro?

popOS

Episode 1668

Dave from Twin Falls, Idaho

Dave installed Ubuntu Linux on the HP Stream and now he's having issues with WiFi. Leo says that HP probably didn't make drivers available for Linux, and so the community needs to figure that out. So chances are, there isn't a specific driver for the particular WiFi chip that his Stream uses. Leo recommends trying another version of Linux called POPOS by System 76. It's very similar to Ubuntu, but it has far more drivers available.

Can I Run Linux on a USB Key?

PopOS

Episode 1665

Glen from Florida

Glen wants to know if he should create a USB Key with Linux on it and boot to it. Leo says he can. It's called a Live Distro and just about every flavor of Linux does it. Leo likes PopOS. But understand that it will be a bit slower running off the USB key and eventually, it will wear out the USB key. But by then, you can decide if you want to install it or not, and they will probably offer that option on the distro. Will he still be able to see his Windows desktop? Leo says no. He will see the internal drive, but won't' be able to run Windows programs within it.

Why Won't PopOS Linux Update?

POP-OS

Episode 1657

Timmy from Oak Hills, CA

Timmy installed POP-OS Linux on an old HP laptop. But when he reboots, it won't update the system files. Leo says that this is a common issue in Linux, where, for security reasons, unsigned software isn't allowed to be installed into Linux. Leo says he will need to get the new key for that version of Linux and install it through the command line. Once that's installed, it'll update. Talk to System76.com support and they'll walk through it. What about the KeyRing password? Leo says it's probably login credentials.

Which Version of Linux Should I Start WIth?

Linux

Episode 1650

Timmy from California

Timmy wants to dive into Linux. What's his best option with a dual boot with Windows? Leo says that Linux is a great open-source option. Leo's current favorite version is Debian. It's a wide range of software to support it. But he may not find drivers to support it for the hardware unless he goes to the manufacturer's website. There's also a similar version called POPOS, which comes with just about any driver one can find out there. So that's a better option to get started. 

How can I fix a display issue in Linux?

Linux

Episode 1636

Stan from St. Louis, MO

Stan is having a computer display issue. He has issues when he plays video.  But when he uses Linux remotely, he has no issue. But when he's on Linux directly, he has an issue. Leo suspects that there's an issue with the video card. Maybe an incompatible video driver. You could remove the driver, and reinstall it. Or, get an inexpensive video card and see if it fixes the problem. Leo says that using a different flavor of Linux, like PopOS could also solve it.

Can I Still Upgrade to Windows 10 Before January?

PopOS

Episode 1628

Manny from Utica, NY

Manny has a 17" Dell laptop running Windows 7. With Microsoft stopping support for it in January, he's concerned about it. Should he turn it into a Linux laptop? Leo says that if you can put Windows 10 on it for free, then it would give it a few more years. But if you have to buy Windows, Leo would advise not doing that and going with installing Linux on it. Leo likes PopOS by System 76. If that doesn't work because it's a bit heavyweight, then Xubuntu or Lubuntu is designed for older machines.

Can I Use VPNs with Linux?

Arch

Episode 1626

Joey from San Diego, CA

Joey wants to know if Linux has a built-in VPN. Leo says no. He will need a provider to handle VPNs, not just software. Leo recommends visiting the Wiki for ARCH, a version of Linux. There's a great list of clients, carriers and servers that will run on Linux. That's the best place to start. Where can he get apps to download for Linux? Leo says that PopOS has its own "store," called the PopShop, which is an app that will help to install software.