You Can Keep Your Windows 10

Well, my return to Windows (10) ended up being fairly short. I have an almost 5-year-old Samsung laptop with an AMD chipset. It originally had Windows 7 and a year or so after I got it, I started slapping various Linux distros on it and have basically done that ever since, with a couple of brief returns to Windows (8) and most recently Windows 10.

I wanted to see how Windows 10 had evolved during the past year, and put it on before the free upgrade ran out. It worked fine, with the exception of some quirky touch pad behavior, which I could never quite configure to my liking - it seemed very "jumpy", and no amount of tweaking seemed to fix it.

I then rashly decided to plop the newly-arrived Anniversary Update on the laptop, and ended up with several seeming random and arbitrary UI changes, and a freezing problem. My laptop would do solid lock up on average once per day following the upgrade. I checked my RAM and verified the laptop was not overheating. The touch pad was also still acting nervously.

As I did not really *need* Windows 10 for anything specific, I eventually got tired of making accommodations and just went back to Linux; this time, Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon edition.

Interestingly, this time my Linux install was not all sweetness and light, it was quite dark. It came in the form of a black screen with a movable mouse pointer after I logged in (just before the Desktop should start up). The fix ended up being easy enough after some Googling, and I have had no more issues in the several days since (and no system lock ups either, I should point out).

In my case, I was able to use CTRL-ALT-F2 to get to a terminal, then login and run the following, then reboot.

sudo aptitude purge xserver-xorg-video-radeon
sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-video-radeon


  1. I have installed Arch 3 x in the past year or ear-and-a-half, and two of those were because Windows 10 hopelessly has no clue and required me to make the partitions by hand. Arch's rolling releases are what Windows 10 updates should be like.

    Which brings me to ... why no Arch love here? I mean, I like Mint OK, but I don't think it is great. Ubuntu is easy to use until you want to get under the hood and do things. The downside of Arch is that rolling releases sometimes means learning a new way of doing things (or how to revert back in the worst of cases). It seems daunting at first, but once you've set up an Arch system, a lot of things come into focus, including how Linux in general actually works. I mean, I use it for production, whereas Ubuntu generally drove me crazy in various ways and would sometimes require major tweaking.

  2. John, I have heard good things about Arch, just never dipped my toes in (yet). I am not the under-the-hood geeky fellow I used to be, and sometimes I like the gears and wheels to just stay under the hood. I guess I am just taking the easy way out these days, but you know what - I've earned it, lol