The Razer Blade 15 is the newest laptop made by Razer. This post will outline the steps I took to install and configure Linux Mint on my Razer Blade 15.
Every student at my university receives a laptop as part of their tuition. All students in Computer Science received the Razer Blade 15, which is overall a good laptop with impressive performance but a shorter battery life than other laptops. It can get hot while gaming but it’s not uncomfortable.
Naturally, I wanted to see how well the Blade could run Linux. I decided to go with Linux Mint, my distro of choice for the last few years.
Below are the steps to recreate my Linux Mint installation on my Razer Blade 15.
Step 0: Setup the Environment
You will need:
- a Razer Blade 15 Laptop
- a Razer Blade 15 Charger
- a USB Flash Drive
- a Wi-Fi connection
Step 1: Prepare the USB Flash Drive
Download the latest Linux Mint release ISO.
Use the Cinnamon 64-bit edition.
At the time of writing Linux Mint 19 “Tara” is the latest version.
You can download it here: https://linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=254
Write the ISO the USB Flash Drive
- If you need to download a ISO writer you can use Etcher.
Step 2: Install the Razer BIOS Update
You will need to update the BIOS on the Blade so the trackpad will work in Linux.
The Blade will reboot after the BIOS update so you will need to log back in.
Step 3: Shrink the Windows Partition
You will need to shrink the Windows Partition on the Blade to make space for the Linux installation.
- I recommend that you shrink the C: volume by half. Don’t do anything with the unallocated space.
- This guide explains the process of shinking the C: volume.
Step 4: Boot from the USB Flash Drive
Shut down the Blade. Press the power button to turn it back on. Choose to boot from the USB Flash Drive in the boot menu.
The Blade should boot into Linux Mint.
Step 5: Configure Wi-Fi
Before installing Linux Mint the Blade should be connected to the Internet.
I configured my Blade to connect to the
eduroamnetwork at my university. The steps to do this are below:
Network Connectionsfrom the start menu.
- Click on the
+on the bottom left and choose to create a
- The Blade should connect to
Step 6: Install Linux Mint
- Run the