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New Razer Blade Stealth Dual boot Windows Stock + Ubuntu

Discussion in 'The Linux Corner' started by babloo80, Nov 3, 2016.

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  1. frontBonebase123

    frontBonebase123 New Member

    Thought I could write down my findings on tweaking the 7th Gen based i7 laptop...
    I bought a 256 GB SSD based laptop (which features 16 GB RAM) and QHD+ display. Since I felt 256 GB SSD is quite small for having linux to run along side with it, I choose to swap the SSD with a 512 GB variant.

    Upgrade requirements:
    a. 'Samsung 512GB M.2 PCI Express Gen3 x4,Solid state drive SSD,PM95' (the keyword here is Gen 3 x4 --- m-key). Samsung 950 PRO with 512 GB SSD is perhaps recommended if the price factor is acceptable, as it runs atleast twice as fast as the one I had installed. To me it was $195 vs. $315.
    b. T5 screwdriver and a phillips screwdriver -- to swap out the ssd.
    c. A USB memory to make a bootable copy of Clonezilla (32-bit may be sufficient ) - http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php
    d. Another USB storage that can store atleast 256 GB of data (for backing up the data from the stock 256 GB SSD)
    e. Another USB storage for Ubuntu 16.10 x64.

    Upgrade steps:
    (a) Backup the SSD

    1. Make sure to have tweaked the stock windows on razer to the the desired setup and additional programs that one requires to be installed.
    2. Shrink the primary disk (should be C:\ I suppose) -- https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg309169.aspx Note: This instructions are almost same for Win 10 and Win 7.
    3. Reboot the PC into Clonezilla (Rufus bootable program works in Win 10 to write it to USB)
    4. Choose the option to write disk to image file and write the entire 256 GB SSD. (Let me know if anyone likes to see a step-by-step guide on this -- screenshots / video)

    (b) Swap out to 512 GB SSD
    1. Shutdown the Laptop
    2. Use the T5 screwdriver to remove the 8 screws (don't worry about warranty Razer quality seems good enough to not go for a claim ;) )
    3. Notice a black colored tape covering the entire SSD.


    Note: If that silver colored ribbon is not installed back properly, the HDMI + USB ports on the right side would not work.
    4. Swap the SSD.
    5. Fasten the screws back in the reverse order of disassembly.

    (b) Restore the SSD image onto a larger disk drive
    1. Boot into clonezilla.
    2. Choose to restore image file into disk.
    3. Choose Advanced option to restore by 'relative size of partition'.

    (c) Installing Ubuntu
    1. Boot the PC with Ubuntu 16.10
    2. Select to Install Ubuntu. And make sure the following partition scheme is setup...

    ➜ ~ sudo parted -l
    Model: Unknown (unknown)
    Disk /dev/nvme0n1: 512GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: gpt
    Disk Flags:

    Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
    1 1049kB 12.6GB 12.6GB ntfs Basic data partition diag
    2 12.6GB 12.7GB 105MB fat32 EFI system partition boot, esp
    3 12.7GB 12.7GB 16.8MB Microsoft reserved partition msftres
    4 12.7GB 230GB 217GB ntfs Basic data partition msftdata
    6 230GB 230GB 300MB ext4
    8 230GB 493GB 263GB ext4
    7 493GB 511GB 18.0GB linux-swap(v1)
    5 511GB 512GB 1050MB ntfs Basic data partition diag

    3. Finish-up the installation by setting up the login user and other tweaks.

    In my case when the installation completed, I have grub2 to boot up the PC and provides me with a choice of starting Ubuntu or Windows.
    I also ended up installing Cinnamon desktop onto Ubuntu (as Linux Mint live disk did not work for me). I do have wireless-network to touchpad to touchscreen working fine. Haven't tried any thunderbolt docking station to see if this is working.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2016
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  2. How is it working for you?

    Is it possible to use the Core in Ubuntu?
  3. frontBonebase123

    frontBonebase123 New Member

    >How is it working for you?
    - Very quick start-up.
    - Have seen occasional hanging issue when i close the lid on Linux without explicitly putting the laptop to sleep.
    - I did also install Cinnamon Desktop along side with Ubuntu and it runs fine.

    >Is it possible to use the Core in Ubuntu?
    Don't have a Core to try it out. Worse case, it may work after couple of kernel releases? :)
  4. knux.wild

    knux.wild New Member

    Hey, thinking about buying this laptop.
    How long does is work from a single charge?
    Don't You have any problems with fan control?

    Thank's in advance.
  5. frontBonebase123

    frontBonebase123 New Member

    >How long does is work from a single charge?
    In Linux, I don't see the battery remaining (OOTB -- may have to fiddle around I suppose).In stock Windows 10, it claims to say 9 hrs when it's fully charged. But I have heard many people say that the battery life is not great.
    I have been gentle with this so far. Haven't started out any serious development to give you the numbers. But I can tell you that I already love this better than my work laptop (Mac Book Pro -- that 3k price point model)

    >Don't You have any problems with fan control?
    I have seen the fan spin up for a while but does go off. Haven't seen it spinning for ever. But like I said, I have been gentle so far. May be when I write so go-lang or spark jobs I can tell you how it could melt-down :).
  6. p0ddi

    p0ddi New Member

    Hey guys,

    I'm new to the forum and I hope some proud Razer Blade Stealth Kaby Lake owners who have installed Linux on it can help me out with some questions before I purchase one myself.

    Is the webcam working under Linux? By working I mean fully and flawlessly operational? I highly depend on Skype and videocalls in general so a working webcam is very important for me.

    Thanks a lot
  7. I installed Ubuntu 16.04 without any problems. I tried installing on a USB drive and failed miserably there but installing on the internal drive worked fine. The camera works but I get a horizontal line when using google hangouts.

    I am in the process of trying to install Pearl Linux but so far without success. I think I'll have to stick with basic Ubuntu or figure out how to install just the Pearl desktop.
  8. instinctive

    instinctive New Member

    Hey your post pushed me over the edge to pick up a Stealth. I'm jumping ship from Apple to Linux, and I'm psyched to follow in your footsteps.

    I'm a Windows noob. How small did you shrink your C: drive? just getting some updates has already pushed me up to 60GB, I'm sure 30GB of that is crap but I don't know what's safe to remove... I only need space for a few games haha.

    And the idea is that Clonezilla is your backup, because it just images the whole thing, correct? so if everything goes south you just reinstall the image?

    In your post you mentioned a step-by-step guide to writing the disk to the image file. I'd love whatever hand-holding you're willing to offer. Thanks!
  9. I don't use Windows. I never even booted into Windows. I went straight to booting from a live USB with different linux versions. I picked Ubuntu as the best behaved. Reformatted the whole disk.

    For backups I have been trying to clone the internal drive to an external SSD. I was only able to do that to a disk larger then 512GB. I had a 1TB so used that. I tried two different 512GB SSDs without success. So for backup I have my clone and I am making compressed image backups otherwise using dd. dd is easy to use and primitive enough to not be complicated. Just startup with a liveUSB and open a terminal. Find the external disk you are cloning to or backing up to with this.

    sudo fdisk -l

    Expect the external, not boot device to be /dev/sda or /dev/sdb. The do this for a clone.

    sudo dd bs=4M if=/dev/nvme0n1 of=/dev/sdb status=progress && sync

    For compressed backups I named by disk BACKUPS. When booting from the liveUSB is backup like this. Make sure the backup disk is formatted as ext4 and not FAT as FAT files are limited to 4G.

    sudo dd bs=4M if=/dev/nvme0n1 | bzip2 > /media/ubuntu/BACKUPS/razer-2016.11.26.bz2

    To recover if you ever need to do this

    bzcat /media/ubuntu/razer-2016.11.26.bz2 | dd of=/dev/nvme0n1

    I also did some of the macbuntu packages so the desktop is more Mac like. To each his/her own there though.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2016
  10. frontBonebase123

    frontBonebase123 New Member

    I hope you'll like this form-factor better. I use MacBook Pro at work and I can tell you that this one is quite comparable in terms of features (minus quad core).

    Since I put a 512 GB SSD, I could have about 100 GB of Windows as I may use Microsoft Office for things I cannot use Libre Office and other similar errands.

    Exactly, I already had it kaput 3-4 times and Clonezilla can restore it back (faster than windoze installation :)[/QUOTE]

    Please PM me, if you like I can screen-capture a video and shall post it in you-tube or so.
    Let me know.

    Thanks and happy Razer stealth-ing.
  11. I have been getting 8 hours or more with the razer stealth and pretty much stock ubuntu doing software development.
  12. mitraanu

    mitraanu New Member

    Selling mine for 1200 + Shipping ( unless you can pick up in NYC region ) Sparingly used for a couple of months.

    • Sell : Razer Blade Stealth - I7 Kaby Lake : 16 GB RAM - 1200 USD [Non -Nego ]
    • Sparingly used. Goes for 1399 + Tax + Shipping.
    • 10 Months of Manufacturer warranty remains on this item
    • Specifications
    • Razer Blade Stealth QHD (2560 x 1440) 70% Adobe RGB (128GB SSD (PCIe M.2) 512 SSD(PCIe M.2))
    • 12.5" IGZO display 16:9 aspect ratio, with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch, up to 170° wide viewing angles
    • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Dual-Core Processor with Hyper Threading 2.7GHz / 3.5GHz (Base/Turbo)
    • Intel® HD Graphics 620
    • Dual-channel onboard memory 16GB LPDDR3-1866MHz (Fixed)
    • Windows® 10 (64-Bit)
    • Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
    • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
    • USB 3.0 port x2 (SuperSpeed)
    • Multi-point touchscreen interface
    • Built-in webcam (2.0MP)
    • HDMI 2.0a audio and video output
    • Built-in stereo speakers
    • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
    • Array microphone
    • Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
    • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
    • Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
    • Keyboard, Trackpad, backlighting and fan control are Razer Synapse configurable.

    Send me an email if you are interested. Price will not go down.
  13. lmao what?
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