Maybe the video controller has a problem ...
To be sure I do not loose anything from my portable, I decided to virtualize it and check to see if I could run this virtualized pc on Linux Mint using virtualbox.
Important: my portable runs Windows 10 - 64-bit, so in order to run the virtualized version I also need a 64-bit OS. I chose Linux Mint Mate 64-bit as host OS.
The test succeeded : I can run my Windows 10 64-bit portable in Linux Mint using virtualbox.
Here is what I did:
- Virtualize the portable
- (on my running portable I wanted to virtualize:)Using "VMware vCenter Converter Standalone" I converted my portable running Windows 10 64-bit to a virtual machine. The result was a vmdk file. I copied the files (vmdk and vmx file) on an external usb disk.
- The software can be found at : https://www.vmware.com/products/converter
- Download and install Linux Mint on a USB stick
- (on a windows pc) On the internet, search for "Download Linux Mint 18 Sarah"
- Download linux mint :
- Download the Mate 64-bit version from one of the servers listed.
I used the server in Europe > Netherlands > Triple IT
(1.6 GB is being downloaded)
- (on a windows pc) Burn iso to USB stick
- Use UNetbootin to burn the downloaded ISO to a USB stick (USB stick needs of course at least 2 GB of free space)
- [x] Diskimage - ISO
- Navigate to your download folder
- select linuxmint-18-mate-64bit.iso
- Type: USB-disk E:\ [OK]
- Alternatives for UNetbootin:
- Start Linux Mint from USB stick
- Boot the PC you want to use with the Linux on your USB stick
- On some computers you can/need press F12 or Esc and F9 to choose the (USB) device you want to boot from.
- If boot does not work, check bios.
- Optionally change keyboard layout (Menu > Keyboard > Layouts > Add > Country: Belgium > Add
Move "Belgian" above "English (US)" > Close
- Download, install and start virtualbox
- Start Terminal
- Type "sudo apt-get install virtualbox-qt" to download and install virtualbox (this will take quite some time so be patient).
- Type "virtualbox" in the terminal window to start virtualbox
- Add and the virtual machine
- Be sure the USB disk with the Windows 10 vmdk file is attached to your PC
- Name : type some name e.g. vmWin10
- Type: Microsoft Windows
- Version: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- 2 GB Ram is sufficient
- [x] Use an existing virtual hard disk file
- Navigate to the vmdk file on the external hard disk > Open > Create
- Click on the Start (green arrow) (and wait at least 5 minutes ... it takes some time to start Windows 10 in virtualbox, but it works !
P.S. In virtualbox, the Ctrl+Alt+Delete is replaced by right Ctrl+Del to login in Windows
Using RDP (Remote Desktop) to connect to vmWin10
- Configure virtualbox > Machine > Settings > Display > Remote display > [x] Enable Server (Server Port: 3389)
- Configure virtualbox > Netwerk > Attached to : Bridged adapter (Name: enp2s0)
- Enable RDP in vmWin10 : Control Panel > System > Properties > Remote Desktop > [x] Allow remote connections to this computer
- If necessary : Disable firewall in vmWin10 (or allow RDP through) : Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall > Turn Windows Firewall on or off
- Verify IP address of you vmWin10 : in Windows > Start > cmd > ipconfig
Note the IPv4 address (in most cases something like 192.168.x.y)
- On another pc on your network : start > mstsc /v:192.168.x.y (replace by ip address of your vmWin10)