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Old 02-23-2010, 02:02 PM   #1
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HELP me become a Linux user!


Hello all,

This is my first post on this site so try and be patient with me. My notebook(a 2002 HP with XP), recently crashed so I want to install a new operating system on it. I would reinstall XP but I recently moved and lost the recovery cd's.

Can anyone help me find the easiest Linux system to install for my purposes? I don't do any programming, basically all I need is one that functions primarily for internet and media. I don't want to put any money into this old notebook so a free OS is key.

Thanks for your help and patience!
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:06 PM   #2
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Try Mint, it's said to be easy:

http://www.linuxmint.com/
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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Or Ubuntu http://releases.ubuntu.com/9.04/ubun...sktop-i386.iso
(That is a direct link to the iso).
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:12 PM   #4
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Welcome to LQ!

The nice thing is they're free, so you can try a bunch.

Do you know the cause of the crash? Hardware or software? A LiveCD distro will work even if you're HD is broken, and can also help you figure out if it is possible to install on the HD. Try KNOPPIX for a good general Linux feel. Or for a leaner faster system, SliTaz, Puppy, or tinycore.
 
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Note that Knoppix does not work with newer and faster SATA drives.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:16 PM   #6
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Note that Knoppix does not work with newer and faster SATA drives.
But anything from 2002 should be fine, no?
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:19 PM   #7
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Thank you both! Will I be able to boot this system from the disc? My comp presently freezes on the XP screen.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:25 PM   #8
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Thank you both! Will I be able to boot this system from the disc? My comp presently freezes on the XP screen.
The standard procedure is to download a bootable CD image, burn it to a CD-R, and boot the machine with it. It sounds like MBR of your hard drive is ok if it boots to the XP splash screen. You could also try one of rescue disks. There are Linux-based Live CD's that can actually repair Windows installs and remove viruses, but I don't have the links off-hand.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:38 PM   #9
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If you are booting from a CD, it does not matter what's on the hard drive. (e.g. it does not matter if the MBR is OK.)

To the original question: There are MANY versions of Linux that should work very well on that computer. Take a look at http://distrowatch.com We often recommend starting with anything in the top-ten on their "hit list".
 
Old 02-23-2010, 03:02 PM   #10
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I downloaded linuxmint, and put the download on a disc to take home and try and start my computer and install this version.

I am not sure how to format the disc to make it a "bootable" disc.
 
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You almost certainly downloaded a file ending in ".iso". This is a CD image and you need to burn a CD using the option to "burn from iso" or "burn from image"---or something similar.

Once you do that, you will have a bootable CD.
 
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You need to burn the downloaded Mint .iso file to a CD-R. Get ImgBurn for doing that on Windows.

http://www.imgburn.com/
 
Old 02-23-2010, 03:14 PM   #13
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Ok I believe that it gave me that option and I selected burn from image. I am actually surprised IT hasn't called down from corporate yet to ask what the heck I am up to haha. Is there any way I can check the cd now that its burnt?
 
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Ok I believe that it gave me that option and I selected burn from image. I am actually surprised IT hasn't called down from corporate yet to ask what the heck I am up to haha. Is there any way I can check the cd now that its burnt?
Put it in a computer and try to boot from it. (You may need to change BIOS settings to enable this.)

OR---simply look at the contents. If there are many files and folders, then you probably burned it correctly.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 03:36 PM   #15
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Thank you all so much, I think it will work, I'll know tonight.
 
  


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