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Old 12-24-2004, 02:36 AM   #1
mainaa
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PLEASE HELP A NEWBIE INSTALL LINUX


the computer i am using is my first one, it has windows 2000, and is having major problems due to having mostly everything cleaned out before it was given to me, it also has trojans, adware spyware, my startup page is different almost everyday etc. i am very interested in linux, and am very interested in learning, i cannot install because i have no cd burner, and am using dialup, (provided free with my apartment,) it does have cd and floppy drives, and an ethernet card installed, i am really looking for someone from maine who possibly has the time to help a newbie, i am looking to clean out this infected system, and install fresh using a newbie friendly linux os, is there anyone out there who can help out?
thank you and happy holidays
 
Old 12-24-2004, 06:16 AM   #2
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mainaa - welcome to LQ. I have split your thread off into it's own area as it has nothing to with the thread you responded to.

As far as installing goes, what distro do you want to use - Mandrake, Ubuntu and Fedora are very newcomer-friendly.

Happy Christmas
 
Old 12-24-2004, 06:25 AM   #3
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I also recommend Ubuntu for newcomer. Large and crear. Easy to use
But as Moderator pointed http://distrowatch.com is your friend here. Read and choose disrtibution of your liking
 
Old 12-24-2004, 03:09 PM   #4
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Mepis http://iso.linuxquestions.org/version.php?version=92
If you want a cd email me.
 
Old 12-28-2004, 07:50 PM   #5
mainaa
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Hello all, I have a copy of mandrake 10.1 to install in it now, when i put it in all i get on the screen is, that my keyboard, hardisk, and cd device is installed, and the floppy is installed, then error loading operating system,
this machine was f-disk'd, there is nothing on it, i think i need a boot floppy, i am borrowing an old canon laptop
for now because i cannot go online with my other one,
and it only has a floppy drive, do any of you either have
or know where i can get a boot floppy for the mandrake 10.1? maybe i can download it to a floppy on here and try it on my desktop to install an os on my computer, sorry about the newbie questions guys, i really appreciate your advice,
 
Old 12-28-2004, 08:03 PM   #6
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Look at this and tell me how far you get;
http://member.melbpc.org.au/~parsons...0_Install.html
 
Old 12-29-2004, 01:55 AM   #7
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Thank you comprookie for the link, it will come in handy with installing it, however i was reading that i have to use the dosutils on the cd to make a boot floppy, then to begin install i have to insert cd rom as well as the boot floppy, then restart computer to install, this is where i have the problem, the computer has no windows in it now, so i cannot make a boot floppy at all, is anyone using mandrake 10.1 that can direct me to a source for downloading the floppy? or possibly make one and zip it to my e-mail, i would really appreciate it, i have been searching for one but with this borrowed 486 w/95 canon laptop using a dialup connection is a slow process
indeed. Thanks,
 
Old 12-31-2004, 12:30 AM   #8
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PLEASE HELP I AM REALLY HAVING PROBLEMS NOW!!

Im Back, I downloaded rawrite, and the cdrom.img for mandrake 10.1 and made a boot floppy, and then loaded them both and started up, i was actually getting excited because it started loading, it got to accepting the license agreement, then an error occurred, i will write it word for word, cant access kernal modules corresponding to your kernel, (file/lib/modules.cz-2.6.8.1-12mdkBOOT is missing), this generally means your boot floppy is not in sync with the installation medium (please create a newer boot floppy) it says welcome to mandrake linux 10.1
october 11 2004 when it first starts, somebody please help me,, i have to give this loaner computer back this weekend, does anyone know of a newer cdrom.ing for 10.1? or anyone gone through the same thing and already fixed this problem? if you already have a floppy
it is always welcome in me e-mail box,
 
  


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