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  1. Congrats! I can't wait to see how it turns out.
  2. Well, the most obvious thing you could do is study those other mods to see how they do things.
  3. That thread Grond posted has good info on what you need. It's the specular map that's stored in the alpha channel of the normal map that controls the shininess. For meshes with metal bits you may also need an environment map . This is used for reflections and makes the metal bits look more realistic. Some good examples of this in use are the the heavy armors, like Steel Plate (nordplate) or the pauldrons on the Dawnguard armor. Also, when you're editing your mesh in Nifskope, pay special attention to the settings in BSLightingShaderProperty, because they also have an influence on both specular and environmental lighting.
  4. Well, I suppose, even as it is it's a better solution than Windows 10. Hopefully the driver situation will improve in the next few years, and in the meantime you'll be getting experience in using it which will make things easier if you ever decide to give all this another go.
  5. Hmm, I think maybe using another distro might be the way to go. I wish I could recommend Arch, but installing it is way too much for someone who's new to Linux. But maybe a distro from the Arch family, like Manjaro, could work. I've heard of people using it as an easy way to install Arch then modifying it to turn it back into vanilla Arch.
  6. I can't find much Ubuntu specific information on this that's recent and for this specific hardware setup, so we'll have to try the instructions from the Arch wiki. If I understand it correctly, everything that's needed should already be installed, and all that needs to be done is to configure it. You need to open up a terminal (the commandline thing) and run a few commands. Post the output of these here, because we need it to do the next part. This command should tell if the APU is actually being used instead of the Radeon card. (If it shows the radeon card then I've gotten everything wrong ) glxinfo | grep "OpenGL renderer" Then run this command. It should list all the cards on the computer, but it might only list the APU so don't worry if that happens. xrandr --listproviders Edit: You actually need to install mesa-utils to run the first command. sudo apt install mesa-utils
  7. Congrats on getting it to work. That sounds like it's not running on the radeon card. You probably need to set up that gpu switching stuff I mentioned earlier.
  8. Looks good, Vom! I'm not sure I did much, but thanks anyway.
  9. I've never used it either. Ubuntu should work fine. I've never had anything like this happen. Was it working properly before you installed the updates? It's also strange that the live disc doesn't work. If it worked the first time you used it then it should still work unless it got damaged.
  10. It doesn't sound like it's any better than using WINE in Linux. Plus you lose all the benefits of native Linux stuff. I can't even find any mention of it having 64bit support.
  11. You can probably theme Unity to look differently too. I stopped using Ubuntu before Unity came along so I don't know that much about it, but I've themed GTK+ desktops (like GNOME, LXDE,...) quite a bit. It's surprising how much you can do with a good theme. If you're that worried about how it looks then learn how to use a build-it-yourself distro like Arch. You can install whatever you like then and make it look and function exactly how you like it. It's probably best to start with something like Ubuntu, though, so that you can learn what bits you like and don't like first.
  12. I wasn't talking about that. ladyonthemoon mentioned that she was going to use an older distro with an older kernel that worked with the Catalyst drivers. Sorry about that. I should use quotes more. Ubuntu is fine. I don't personally like it, but it should run easily on that hardware. As should Mint. It's just this particular case of drivers for an AMD laptop. If you have an Intel/Nvidia setup then things are a bit better. Also desktops have less problems than laptops. It is well supported. I used Ubuntu when I was starting off too. If you don't like how the UI looks, then there are other flavours of Ubuntu available with different UIs. These are still the same Ubuntu underneath, though, so they will work exactly the same.
  13. If you have Win 7 then it's best to dual boot. Using a VM for stuff like games isn't a good solution in my experience. Anyway, if the drivers don't work in Linux then they still won't work in a VM run on Linux. I also don't think it's a great idea to use old distros. Kernel updates are needed to fix exploits that crop up from time to time. Recently, there was a TCP exploit that has just been fixed in a recent kernel update. On the driver front: it looks like the Catalyst driver is now dead. AMD are now concentrating their new driver, AMDGPU, which only supports newer cards (not yours, unfortunately). They are, however, contributing to the open source driver. I've read some claims that this has good performance now, and even matches the catalyst drivers. I can't say if that's true, but I think you should give it a try. On the GPU switching issue: You need PRIME to implement GPU switching for AMD cards. How you set this up will depend on the distro you choose. Here's the Arch Linux wiki article: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PRIME I still recommend going with Linux Mint Mate edition and trying the open source drivers. Whatever you decide, though, I hope this helps.
  14. As you said in the shoutbox, it does look like the official AMD drivers don't work with the recent versions of Linux Mint and Ubuntu. I don't know if this will change any time soon. Linux Mint comes with open source drivers, though, that should at least get the card to work. I assume by your hardware that this is for a laptop. I'm not sure about the specifics of AMD laptops but it's probably similar to what I've had to deal with on mine (Intel/NVidia). Laptop graphics cards work a little differently to desktops. They use hybrid graphics where the dedicated graphics card is only switched on when it is needed, so it doesn't waste power. Unfortunately, this feature is not well implemented for either Nvidia or AMD official drivers in Linux, but it can be accomplished with third party software. Linux Mint Cinnamon uses the Cinnamon desktop which I think needs hardware acceleration. I'm *assuming* that the radeon card isn't being turned on, and that could be the reason why Cinnamon won't work properly. The open source drivers that Mint comes with should at least be enough to run Cinnamon. I recommend using Linux Mint Mate which uses the Mate desktop. It doesn't use hardware acceleration, so it doesn't need the dedicated card turned on just to run the desktop environment. It's also more lightweight so it will run a bit better than Cinnamon. If that works then you need to find software that lets you run the dedicated card when you need it. For NVidia cards there's Bumblebee. I don't know for sure if there's an AMD equivalent but there must be. I'll have a dig around to see if I can find anything.
  15. Welcome to TESA, Devestational! Like ladyonthemoon said, we all started off with no experience. If you're interested in modding, which it sounds like you are, then you'll pick it up. It's not as difficult as it seems. And there's always someone around who can help you if you get stuck on something. Have fun with it. Before long you'll be creating those followers that you're dreaming of.