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Old 06-16-2005, 10:57 AM   #1
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Help Installing Linux!!!


I'm running windows XP right now and adding Linux.
I've downloaded VectorLinux 5, created an ext3 partition and swap partition.

What do I do next? I'm lost. I heard that I have to change the boot.ini also. I also have no idea how to start the installation.

Can anyone help?

THANKS IN ADVANCE
 
Old 06-16-2005, 11:05 AM   #2
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I know this may sound silly, but have you actually started to install the CD's? In my experience the distro will help you in such key issues.
Make sure you have backed up your stuff so if you mess up, you will be able to start again.

Have you actually put in the CD(s) and started to install?

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Old 06-16-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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Can I do it off the hard drive?
 
Old 06-16-2005, 11:49 AM   #4
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Umm... so you downloaded it. To install you need to burn an iso, check out
this wiki article talking about burning CD's


you will need to put the CD in the computer and reboot (or shutdown, boot)
if it is multiple cds, the first one...

follow the instructions that it gives you.

you might need to read this article- http://www.linuxclues.com/articles/05.htm
I have no idea of your situation (type of computer...) so you might need a boot floppy, I don't know.

you won't be able to double click on the iso (vector linux icon thingy) to install. That isn't how installs work, but this is already a long post so I won't go into that here.

oh yeah, Welcome to LQ!
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:57 AM   #5
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well, ok, you can install from the harddrive but thats more advanced, the easiest thing is to burn a cd.

umm.. after checking the link I saw that it talked about bootfloppies under linux- you need to make a boot floppy for linux under windows.

http://www.vectorlinux.com/mod.php?m...22931dc1f924b1

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Old 06-16-2005, 03:36 PM   #6
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I don't have a floppy drive.
Do I need it?
 
Old 06-16-2005, 04:18 PM   #7
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have you looked at the page on the vectorlinux site entitled "installation guide" ?

http://www.vectorlinux.com/mod.php?m...24d73ddc5d5480


just a suggestion: I have never used vector, so I can't comment on its quality either way, but from a quick glance at the page above, you may want to try a more noob-friendly distro with detailed install docs and simple installers, like mandrake or fedora, your first time through.
 
Old 06-16-2005, 05:06 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by turtile
I don't have a floppy drive.
Do I need it?
depends. if you don't have one, then your computer is probably new enough not to need one.

umm... I can see why you would pick vector linux- it is small (to download- comparativly!) and fits on one CD. I am downloading it at the moment (massive system overhaul- 3 flavours of linux) so we'll see how the install goes.

have you burned the CD?

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Old 06-16-2005, 06:01 PM   #9
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I burned it already. I'm going to install it later today.
I've seen how fast the old Red Hat can go on a 133 pentium, so I hope that this will go really fast on a newer computer.
 
Old 06-16-2005, 10:28 PM   #10
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I'M RUNNING LINUX RIGHT NOW

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP
 
Old 06-16-2005, 10:54 PM   #11
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yay! good for you. well done.
 
Old 06-17-2005, 12:13 AM   #12
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Now the real fun begins... ahhh the joy... you know you're using linux when you just realized it's 1:00am.
 
  


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