How to Install Linux Mint on the Razer Blade 15 (WIP)

How to Install Linux Mint on the Razer Blade 15 (WIP)

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.

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.

Step 3: Shrink the Windows Partition

You will need to shrink the Windows Partition on the Blade to make space for the Linux installation.

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 eduroam network at my university. The steps to do this are below:

  • Open Network Connections from the start menu.
  • Click on the + on the bottom left and choose to create a Wi-Fi connection type.

  • The Blade should connect to eduroam automatically.

Step 6: Install Linux Mint

  • Run the