What hardware do you use to test distros?

I had an idea that it would be helpful to start compiling a list of hardware specs that people might regularly be using to test distros on. In this way, when discussing a distro challenge or any other distro we might be playing with, other folk can refer to this list and know what hardware a particular community member is using to do so. I kind of forked the idea I heard from Jason on Linux4Everyone about keeping a database when distro maintainers need to put a call out for people to beta test.
Please return to update your specs as they evolve over time.

Terminal commands to help you determine your specs:
inxi -F
neofetch (or screenfetch)

Here are the specs of my testing machine that I have been using for challenges:

HP 14-an006AU Notebook:

  • AMD Quad Core E2-7110 @ 1.8GHz with Radeon R2 integrated graphics
  • 8 Gb DDR3L RAM
  • 120Gb Kingston A400 SSD
  • 14in 1366x768 display
  • Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
  • Intel Corporation Wireless 3165
  • HDMI and VGA outputs
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Main rig
SkyTech Blaze II Custom:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (12) @ 3.400GHz
  • 16gb DDR4 RAM 3000MHz
  • 465gb Seagate BarraCuda SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Rev. A
  • Dual x 27inch 1920x1080 displays
  • Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
  • Realtek RTL8812AE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
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Machine: Type: Laptop System: Dell XPS 15 9570
CPU: Topology: 6-Core model: Intel Core i7-8750H bits: 64 type: MT MCP L2 cache: 9216 KiB
Graphics: Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 630 driver: i915 v: kernel
Device-2: NVIDIA GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] driver: N/A
Audio: Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS driver: snd_hda_intel
Network: Device-1: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 driver: iwlwifi
Device-2: ASIX AX88179 Gigabit Ethernet type: USB driver: ax88179_178a
Drives: Local Storage: total: 1.14 TiB used: 684.23 GiB (58.5%)
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Toshiba model: KXG50ZNV256G NVMe 256GB size: 238.47 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Crucial model: CT1000MX500SSD1 size: 931.51 GiB

My pc ;
CPU:AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Graphics:Radeon RX 580
Audio:Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 17h HD Audio
Network: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
Drives:Local Storage: total: 1.33 TiB used: 748.34 GiB (55.0%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Biostar model: S100-480GB size: 447.13 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: HGST (Hitachi) model: HTS725050A7E630 size: 465.76 GiB
ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Biostar model: S100-480GB size: 447.13 GiB

I test with a Dell XPS 13 9370 (2019)
Intel Core i7 8700HQ
Intel Integrated UHD 630 Graphics

is there a profile section that we can add our hardware to on Discourse?


These are the systems I use for Linux. The Mint machine does not change, it is a desktop. The manjaro, PopOs, and ClearOs are all laptops and the verison of linux on them may change.

Machine : Type: Desktop Tower System: PC Specialist product: Amd X399 Threadripper
CPU : 16-Core (2-Die) model: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X bits: 64 type: MT MCP MCM
Graphics : Device-1: NVIDIA TU102 [GeForce RTX 2080 Ti]
Audio : Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 17h HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
Device-2: NVIDIA TU102 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
Device-3: C-Media type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid
Device-4: Logitech type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid,uvcvideo
Network : Device-1: Intel I211 Gigabit Network driver
Drives : Local Storage: total: 47.49 TiB used: 34.06 TiB (71.7%) Only SSD shown here
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB size: 931.51 GiB
ID-2: Mushkin model: MKNSSDRE1TB size: 931.51 GiB
ID-3: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB
ID-4: Samsung model: SSD 860 QVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB
ID-4: SanDisk model: Ultra II 960GB size: 894.25 GiB
ID-5: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB
Memory : 64GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 3000MHz (4 x 16GB)

(excuse if posted in wrong topic category)
I have attended BDLL youtube sessions for around 6 months. With some overconfidence I bought a new ASUS GL10DH desktop; thinking I would install Linux on it (am starting with trying to make it a dual-boot). So I managed to get it to boot off a USB stick after some BIOS tinkering. Now I am struggling with a “DVI-D out of range” error message at boot. Came across a post that suggests editing GRUB with either adding “nomodeset” or “vga=795”. The included GPU is a nVidia GTX 1650. Tried to install OpenSuse with nomodeset, but that caused the resolution of the install to disallow choosing a DE. A few other distros did not provide a readily modifiable GRUB script.

Besides an obvious plea for help here, I wondered if some attention might be given to Linux installs on various and current hardware.

[ my overconfidence came from listening to the many distros being tested and my not giving hardware the proper forethought ]

Hi @gary_bean,

I just ran through an install of openSUSE Leap 15.1 with nomodeset in the kernel options, unfortunately not on the same graphics card as you and I could select a DE. What do you see when the resolution is disallowing the DE selection? Is it just too small / big? If that is the case, I found I could use the tab key to cycle through the options and press enter when the correct one was highlighted (KDE Plasma for me).

Also, if you wanted to try ubuntu instead, press shift when it’s booting into the iso, it will pop up a bootloader menu. Select your language and then hit F6, this will allow you to select nomodeset.

Hopefully that helps.

Now, in terms of the topic, the hardware I normally follow along with the distro challenge on is:

appreciate your reply.
I am now assuming my issue is solely with how some distro installation ISO’s cooperate with the nVidia GTX 1650. (in my particular case, I was able to install Manjaro and EndeavourOS in working order,)


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