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I am here for the first time and also with the linux for the first time.
Today I bought Acer 3690 and it came with linux. i haven't rcvd. any cd's with it. I am starting this laptop for the first time and after few sentences something comes like this:
so what command should i give now so that i can go ahead and can enter into the programs?
For the first time I have seen linux and I dont know how to proceed ahead to strat this computer?
I am online rightnow on another computer.
If anybody's online, plz. help me regarding this matter.
Thanks in anticipation.
You'll either have to get familiar with the command line quickly (you're at what is called a root ('superuser') prompt that lets you do practically everything - not the best place to start experimenting if you want to make sure to keep your system running) or else (re-)install something (preferably Linux ) that's a more friendly (you're in a bare bones environment right now - while it is a possible place to start, it may not be what you want right now). Try Ubuntu; the specs of that machine allow for a fully fledged distribution (you don't have to go for mini distribution). Ubuntu comes as a live CD (a full operating system running from CD-ROM) that can be installed right from the live environment directly by clicking an icon on the desktop (yes, a desktop - not a command prompt). If you don't know how to burn a CD from an ISO file, look here.
If you bought this computer new, I'd suggest talking to the dealer about manuals; try
# uname -a
to get an idea what's running on the notebook, maybe someone can relate...
The Ctrl+Alt+F7 idea is a good one - though there's no reason why a system with a running GUI should drop you to the command line by default! I hope you get successful. However, this looks like a machine in single user mode - something like failsafe booting? I guess as long as you didn't want what you got there, you might as well start over and get a grip on what's going on from the beginning...
If you don't want linux, it makes it really simple. You just put the xp install disc in the cdrom, boot from the cd.
When you are asked where you want to install it. Just delete all the previous partitions, format it to ntfs and install. You're all set. Xp will automatically fix your mbr and whatnot. I think thats what you mean....
Ya, I bought this notebook today from a shop and its new.
I am not good at all in programming and I think windows would be much easier for users like me.
After going in setup by applying F2, I am in boot now.
Here I have options:
1) IDE 2: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T10N-
2) IDE 0: Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00-(
3) USB CDROM:
4) USB FDD:
5) Network Bo Broadcom MBA
6) USB HDD:
7) USB Key:
So for installing Windows Shall I select USB CDROM at its first priority?
'sh:more/boot/grub/menu.lst: No such file or directory '
You need a space between 'more' and '/boot...'. It sounds like you're in single user mode, meaning whoever sold you the laptop didn't sell it with a properly working Linux distribution. It's probably safe to blame them.
The URL doesn't really raise confidence (/xampp as a web root, anyone?)... the number of tools and commands missing points to an incomplete system (as does the way it's booting up).
maunishg: You've been into the BIOS's boot system if I'm any judge - that doesn't have much to do with the operating system you've got. I'm still suggesting to get a reliable Linux distribution installed on your notebook (or, if you really insist, get a WinDoze CD and have at it...).
Another possibility: Take it back to the shop and have them put on something more to your liking...