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Hi everyone! I'm new here and hope to get a good stay in this awesome community. I hope that someone will have time to spend for reading and then teaching me on the topics I don't understand/know.

My doubts come from the fact that I've bought a new laptop, an ACER Aspire E 15 (specs in signature).

I'm new to the world of AMD and want to get in touch with the technologies I can now get to work with my APU and with the GPU, one being an AMD A8-7100 (1.8GHz Quad-Core enabled to Turbo CORE Tech. for getting to 3.0GHz) and the other being AMD Radeon R7 M265 with 2GB dedicated VRAM.

My questions are:
1. What do you think of this hardware? I use it mainly as a study PC, don't need it to run the latest games (Garry's Mod, Portal, Half Life 2 are what I may want to get here), and I love to test OS's (so GNU/Linux distros).

2. As for OS testing, is Linux able to run properly on this HW?

3. I have WIN8.1 running. Installed the latest Catalyst driver (14.9) and even the latest beta driver (14.7, for some reason..?!) but I am not able to find CrossFireX feature ANYWHERE. Is it fine for me to try to enable it? I ran GPU-Z, CPU-Z, Speccy and all (?) of them tell me Crossfire is disabled between my GPU (R7) and the GPU power of my APU (R5 integrated on AMD A8).


Thanks in advance.
    
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AMD A8-7100 K15 Bald Eagle, 8 Compute Cores 4C+4G Acer EA50_KV (Socket FP3) AMD Radeon(TM) R7 Graphics M265 2GB Ded. VRAM +... DDR3 @ 810 MHz (11-11-11-28) 
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Western Digital WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0 (SATA) MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8E2Q Windows 8.1 15.6" @ 1366*768 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A8-7100 K15 Bald Eagle, 8 Compute Cores 4C+4G Acer EA50_KV (Socket FP3) AMD Radeon(TM) R7 Graphics M265 2GB Ded. VRAM +... DDR3 @ 810 MHz (11-11-11-28) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0 (SATA) MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8E2Q Windows 8.1 15.6" @ 1366*768 
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AMD High Definition Audio Device + Realtek High... 
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