Installing Linux Mint on a 2018 Razer Blade 15

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  1. Lucas says:

    Great post. After one month, how is your Blade 15 going with Linux? Any other issues? Did you try other distros?

    • Jason says:

      No issues at all so far. It’s been a very solid laptop. I haven’t yet tried any other distros, but I imagine all of the Debian-based distros like Mint would be as solid as this after the above fixes.

  2. Jesse says:

    Hey. Just cancelled my new 2018 Razor Blade15 delivery because of the lack of support for Linux only to stumble on this page. Do you know if it’s possible to dual boot with Kali Linux on the Razor Blade laptop?

    • Jason says:

      I didn’t install my setup in a dual-boot scenario, but if it boots to Linux with Grub there should be no reason why you shouldn’t be able to dual boot with Linux and Windows. Install Windows first, leave some space for your Linux installation, and then install Linux and use Grub to boot between the two. It should be pretty simple. I have to say though that after the BIOS install, and after the nVidia/Intel driver fix that I explained here, Linux works like a dream on the Blade.

      • Benny Tallis says:

        Hi there,

        Just got a Blade Pro 17.

        RTX 2080 Max Q
        9th Gen Intel i7 9750

        I am wanting to start using Linux for programming studies.

        I have been told Mint Cinnamon is the best beginner Linux.

        Will be doing a clean install.

        Will these instructions work for this machine?

        Any help would be much appreciated. I have the ISO on USB and haven’t touched the BIOS yet.

        I understand that the track pad and chromo lighting have issues. Will these be the only issues on my model.

        Any help from anyone would be welcomed.


  3. lucas says:

    I am considering purchasing a new laptop, compatible with linux and with good thermal performances for occasional heavy CPU work for reasonable prolonged time. Do you think this machine is a good choice?

    I work most with numeric/scientific programming, i.e. heavy CPU loads from time to time and occasionally for a prolonged time (up todays, not always a cluster is available). I was looking at the latest Dell and Lenovo Thinkpad, but a gaming machine may offer better thermal performance. I am not a gamer at all, but a dedicated GPU would be nice because I like to work with 3 to 5 monitors at the same time.

    • Jason says:

      I don’t think you’ll be able to run 3-5 monitors off of this all at once. You can run one off of the HDMI port (4K at 60Hz with HDMI 2.x) and one off of the Thunderbolt port (4K at 60Hz). I ran one off of the Thunderbolt port with a Thunderbolt to HDMI 2.0 adapter (I was using a TV) and that worked well. If you’re going to need heavier GPU performance I’d definitely get the 1070 model instead of the 1060. The only thing that would concern me using this as my primary piece of equipment is Razer’s questionable customer service. I’ve never had to RMA equipment to them but I’ve not heard good things. That being said I haven’t ever really EVER heard good things about RMAs with the other brands you mentioned either. OF the brands you mentioned, if you’re a DIY’er, Lenovo typically offers the greatest repairability with their laptops and their parts are always easy to order. They also have really good documentation for replacing and upgrading parts in their laptops traditionally. If I was going to have one non-Mac laptop that I was going to use as a workstation, it would probably be a Lenovo in all honesty.

    • Jason says:

      I just did a quick search and it looks like you can do 3 external monitors at once with the 2018 Blade 15 for what it’s worth. One via HDMI, one via Thunderbolt, and one via the DisplayPort port.

  4. Jason says:

    Just an FYI for anyone who reads this – the built-in video card in in the Blade WILL do monitor mode / packet injection under Kali, out of the box and with no special drivers!

  5. Swapan Shridhar says:

    How is the battery performance with Linux ? Satisfactory compared to running the shipped Windows with it ?

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