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The Mint Machine is an Asus Essentio Series desktop tower computer. I used it daily from 2011, when I received it, until October 2014, when the hard drive finally failed. Despite being a good computer, it did have its issues (though mainly minor.) Now it is being used to run Linux Mint.
I originally received the Mint Machine in 2011, as a birthday present from my grandparents. It was my first Windows 7 Home Premium machine, which gave me my first look into full-fledged Windows 7, instead of the Windows 7 Starter edition I had previously experienced on an overworked netbook. The Mint Machine came originally packed with Microsoft Office 2003, but I eventually upgraded it to Microsoft Office 2010 Home, which faithfully served me until the hard drive died.
My intentions were to upgrade the memory from the stock 4GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM, but I never got around to it. The following specs reflect the original and current specifications.
*Mechanical Hard Drive
This was the first computer I ran Linux Mint on, and I was surprised at the cleanliness and the look and feel. However, Linux Mint had its issues. I've had to reinstall Linux Mint at least twice now, due to networking problems and other issues. The last time I had to reinstall Mint was caused by the computer refusing to connect to the internet, despite it working before, and other computers on the network being able to connect. I tried to reload the network configuration, but (dumb me) I forgot to follow the second part of instructions. When I rebooted the machine, it would not let me into the GUI, but rather stuck me into a terminal display. Reloading Mint partially fixed the issue, but I have to select the correct version of Mint through the GNU-GRUB Loader. I could not imagine using Linux Mint on a daily basis, as it is much more buggier than Windows and Mac OS X.
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