How do I save screen resolution

Hi all. I am extremely new to linux and after finally managing to create a bootable usb disk have it running. On my first run, it booted up (on a 40" tv) to a very high resolution - almost impossible to read. With a good pair of glasses and a magnifying glass, I managed to find and adjust the screen resolution. Then I installed and synced my Firefox account, and also installed VLC.

However, on subsequent boots, it reverts to the initial settings (high resolution, no VLC etc.).

Should it do that? Or am I not saving the setttings somehow?

I am using Linux Mint.

Thank you.

If you are running Mint always from the Live USB then it will forget everything that you do as soon as you switch off. The Live USB is not designed for regular use - just for trying out an operating system or installing it.

If you don’t want to install Mint instead of your present operating system, you can install it along side it and choose which at boot time - although if your current OS is Windows, you will need some advice from experts here.


Thank you, Keith. Yes, I understand. I would like to use Linux and Windows regularly, so I think you are saying a dual boot system. But I’ve absolutely no idea how to do that. I’m using a PIPO X9, 10" that already is dual boot Android 4.4 and Windows 10. I have the option to boot either if I press Vol up/Vol down when powering up.

Not so much a “dual boot” system as a “triple boot” one!
I’m out of my depth here, but one of the other mentors will provide some advice.

Sorry I can’t be of more help.

Sorry, I was mistaken. It is not on a dual boot system, just a Windows 10 tablet. However, it is a SOC so resources are limited. I just need to be able to save Linux on my hard drive if anyone can help please.

Not sure what an SOC is, but I found a couple of sites on the web that might be of interest:

It all looks pretty awful to me and here is one comment from the last URL: “So is [putting Linux onto a tablet] a good idea for you? That’s a tough question, but I can tell you what I think about it. First, if you are a casual tablet or computer user, I don’t recommend doing this at all. In many cases, you will need to have a good grasp on how tablets work and how to flash them with different operating systems. On top of that, you will spend time tweaking drivers in order to get things like sound working and sometimes even your wireless card.”

Which says it all for me! Sorry I can’t help you but perhaps others here can.
Good Luck

System on a chip. A pc on a device about the size of a mobile

Oh, yes - I was getting confused with SOIC.

I wouldn’t know where to begin with this - my experience with tablets hasn’t been good. Anything with Android on it is, I believe, notoriously difficult to modify.

However, it is possible to create a live Linux Mint/Ubuntu USB with persistence which will retain changes etc. and so be able to run the OS from the stick.

Look at this posted by Mark

It’s a bit dated so a search might bring up a more recent version but I think the principles will be similar. Of course, you will need access to a Linux machine to do it…

That looks useful, Rich. Although buying a small notebook might be a less stressful option.