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Old 05-31-2015, 12:24 AM   #1
JimMcMullenGTF
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Can disk boot Ubuntu but not Mint


I recently purchased a laptop that came with Windows 8.1 as the OS. I am trying to switch it over to Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca). I found an Ubuntu disk loader that I placed on a DVD and it boots just fine. Downloaded the 32-bit Linux Mint .I so and burned it to a DVD. Tried to boot from it and nothing. Being new, the problem pretty much has to be something insanely simple but I sure can't find it. Would really appreciate any expertise out there.
 
Old 05-31-2015, 12:33 AM   #2
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Being a new machine, that would be 64-bit - try that for Mint.
Normally 32-bit will boot fine on 64-bit hardware, but with UEFI, who knows.
 
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:13 AM   #3
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If you can change the booting from UEFI to MBR, you will find it easier to install various distros. If not, look for a (U)EFI compatible distro. (Your machine will be 64 bit, so it is best to use a 64 bit distro.)
 
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The same Mint 17 (and presumably 17.1) image will install on both UEFI or BIOS systems - at least the 64-bit one does.
 
Old 05-31-2015, 09:04 AM   #5
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Do you have any free space on your disk?
If not, you will need to free up some space with with Windows admin tools.

Make sure that "secure boot" is disabled in your BIOS.
 
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:42 AM   #6
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Yep something simple

Thanks everyone. The 64-bit came right up. To this point I have explored from the disc only but will be making my backup disc and then doing the permanent change to Linux in the next couple of days. I appreciate the quick helpful comments. -Jim-
 
  


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