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Old 05-11-2006, 10:01 PM   #1
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fried winbloze


Well i have ever used anything but winblows and am looking to switch. i have a hobby computer that picked up a virus and fried windows. the computer comes on long enough to load the os get to the desktop and restart spontaneously. i thought a friend could clean it out but he sais its junk.

my teacher after some discusion gave me a copy of linux lycris. my question is if i start the comp, load the disk, then reboot will lycris, will it load and clean out winblows and whatever?
please help me.
 
Old 05-12-2006, 12:28 AM   #2
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Well as far as "clean out winblows", if you install the distro it will overwrite windows.
 
Old 05-12-2006, 01:15 AM   #3
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If any doubt, wipe the disk first. Use something like DBAN (Darik's boot and nuke).

Normally, a new Linux install will clean out all the old Windows gremlins
 
Old 05-12-2006, 09:14 AM   #4
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great my comp is coming back today so hopefully i will have some luck. i have never used linux so what do i do after it installs
 
Old 05-12-2006, 09:27 AM   #5
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great my comp is coming back today so hopefully i will have some luck. i have never used linux so what do i do after it installs
Coming back from where?
After installing Linux, you would----ummmmm-----USE Linux. Not sure what you are asking.
 
Old 05-12-2006, 09:35 AM   #6
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sorry for the vagueness. i handed my comp to a friend to try to clear out the virus but he couldnt so he is giving it back today. I am not willing to give up on my comp so i want to download linux. i have seen where u need a password oor something to start and run linux is it true. i have lycris(pardon spelling) on a cd to install.
 
Old 05-12-2006, 09:39 AM   #7
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sorry for the vagueness. i handed my comp to a friend to try to clear out the virus but he couldnt so he is giving it back today. I am not willing to give up on my comp so i want to download linux. i have seen where u need a password oor something to start and run linux is it true. i have lycris(pardon spelling) on a cd to install.
Lycoris??

When you install, you will be asked to enter a password for the root user. Later, you can add other users and assign passwords.

Goog luck--let us know how it all works out...
 
Old 05-12-2006, 01:12 PM   #8
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That is a known and fixable virus, a friend of mine got that virus, and he cleaned it off. I'm not sure of the name of the virus, or how to do it, but maybe a little of your own research will lead to something.
 
Old 05-12-2006, 02:52 PM   #9
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well couldnt load lycoris, but i reloaded win 98 in order to format the disk. tonight i will load lycoris if i can. will it run on 66 megs
 
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well couldnt load lycoris, but i reloaded win 98 in order to format the disk. tonight i will load lycoris if i can. will it run on 66 megs
What do you mean you couldn't load Lycoris--what happened?
66MEGAbytes of HD space??!!! What is your total harddrive size?
 
Old 05-13-2006, 04:29 AM   #11
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amouse12937:

If the "66 megs" means (probably) 64MB of RAM, I wouldn't recommend any heavy GUI - and Lycoris used to come with KDE - and in 2004, there wasn't anything heavier than this. Anyhow, if I get this right, Lycoris has ceased existence anyway:

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=lycoris

I'd recommend starting with DamnSmallLinux since that'll almost certainly run on your old box since it's meant to do so and optimised for that purpose. You'll get an interesting mix of applications and great usability - sometimes limited by its bare bones character, but it's fast, easy to handle and amazingly complete.
 
Old 05-13-2006, 10:30 AM   #12
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Do yourself a favor and download Damn Small Linux or Vector Linux 5.1 Standard Edition. Lycoris is old and buggy (two years old is ancient for a Linux distro).

When you download SL or VL you will get an iso file. When you burn it to a CD use the "Burn an Image" or "Burn ISO". option. If you just copy it to a CD it will not work. It is easy to tell if it is burned right: open the CD in MS Windows Explorer. It should have lots of files and directories on it. If there is just one file then it did not work; you need to change the burning option.

Set the BIOS on the computer to boot from the CDROM drive, and boot up the Linux CD.

Good luck.

C
 
Old 05-13-2006, 04:17 PM   #13
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Well i have ever used anything but winblows and am looking to switch. i have a hobby computer that picked up a virus and fried windows. the computer comes on long enough to load the os get to the desktop and restart spontaneously. i thought a friend could clean it out but he sais its junk.
It's not like this is the first time this happend to windows...
 
  


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