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Greetings! I'm trying to make something worthwhile out of a cheap Acer v5-123 I bought (E1 cpu, 2GB DDR3, 256 GB SSD) and I'm hitting a wall.

My goal is:

- Smooth 1080p playback, I'd like to make a small portable streamer for steam/movies,
- Editing PDF's without the whole thing lagging like crazy
- Decent interface and ease of use, some people who aren't tech savvy may have to use it

I tried running straight Windows 10, but the CPU is really getting hammered and just isn't smooth at all. Then gave PeppermintOS a go, Youtube lagged at every quallity setting, same for PDF's : massive delay when scrolling.

Is there a distro that'll do a good job for all I need? I'm currently downloading Puppy as I speak, heard it's probably my best bet.

Thanks in advance.
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It's probably the graphics drivers. I had a heck of a time with Peppermint OS on my N3150 and couldn't get the drivers to install right. I eventually went with Lubuntu and after I got the drivers going it was as good as it was going to get. Video playback was perfectly fine.

I just recently got an older AMD mobo with a Phenom II and the built in graphics stutter bad. I benched the CPU and the RAM seems fine, just needs drivers. I will probably just drop in my nVidia 720 and call it a day. You may want to check out the 'Additional Drivers' or 'Driver Manager' and see if there are proprietary drivers that fix the problems.
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Originally Posted by Kleer Kut View Post

It's probably the graphics drivers. I had a heck of a time with Peppermint OS on my N3150 and couldn't get the drivers to install right. I eventually went with Lubuntu and after I got the drivers going it was as good as it was going to get. Video playback was perfectly fine.

I just recently got an older AMD mobo with a Phenom II and the built in graphics stutter bad. I benched the CPU and the RAM seems fine, just needs drivers. I will probably just drop in my nVidia 720 and call it a day. You may want to check out the 'Additional Drivers' or 'Driver Manager' and see if there are proprietary drivers that fix the problems.
Did activate the proprietary ones, heck they are the 1st thing I did after install.
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crunchbang maybe

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crunchbang maybe

You mean bunsenlabs.

Crunchbang is no more.
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You mean bunsenlabs.

Crunchbang is no more.

You mean Crunchbang++.

Started just after the Crunchbang owner stopped.
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Either would do
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Arch is a good choice, I'm running Arch w/ JWM on a P4 with 512MB RAM (minus 128MB for the GPU) and it does OK
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Arch is a good choice, I'm running Arch w/ JWM on a P4 with 512MB RAM (minus 128MB for the GPU) and it does OK

My only real gripe with Arch is installing a .deb or .rpm is really unintuitive, I can't believe you still have to tarball ,which never works for me...
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My only real gripe with Arch is installing a .deb or .rpm is really unintuitive, I can't believe you still have to tarball ,which never works for me...

You don't install a deb or rpm on arch. Everything you need is in the repo or AUR.
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