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Old 08-08-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy Problems installing Mepis on Windows Vista laptop


Hi,

I have a CD in back of a book and am able to boot with it using my Windows laptop; however, when I try to install (I want to install it completely over the junk Vista), it doesn't seem to recognize my hard drive because the pulldown has nothing in it even if I click it. When I look under "devices", I DO see my hard drive. Please tell me what I could be doing wrong. Thanks so much!

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Old 08-08-2011, 03:09 PM   #2
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When you have your CD drive set to first boot priority and boot the Mepis CD what happens. Do you boot to a Desktop with an Install icon? Does it not get to that point?
What does "pulldown" refer to and when/where do you see whatever you are seeing?
How are you looking under devices? The Mepis CD? when booted into windows?

Might be helpful if you indicated the manufacturer of the laptop.

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Old 08-08-2011, 08:38 PM   #3
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Hello,

The Linux that I am using is called SimplyMEPIS and is included in the book, Point and Click Linux. I AM able to boot from the CD to the point where I see the GUI operating system (however, while Linux is booting, I do need to press control/C now and then because it does "stall" once or twice).

I click an icon on the desktop that states "MEPIS Installation Center". I select "Install MEPIS on Hard Drive" and get to the dialog that has a pulldown, "Choose disk for installation". There is no selection in this pulldown.

Yes, when I look at devices, I am looking through the Linux desktop under the icon that is similar to the Explorer in Windows. The laptop I am using is a Toshiba. Please let me know if you need any other information.

Thanks!!
 
Old 08-08-2011, 11:35 PM   #4
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Does the CD have a version number for Simply Mepis? Mepis is one of the more common distributions and I believe the most recent release is 8.5.
How old is your computer? What hardware specifications? How much RAM?
 
Old 08-08-2011, 11:44 PM   #5
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If it can run vista it can run Mepis.
Use the vista disk manager to defrag & resize, then reboot to cd & choose to install Mepis in 'largest free contiguous space'.
 
Old 08-09-2011, 01:09 PM   #6
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The laptop is less than 3 years old; HOWEVER, we've been unhappy with it from day one. Vista is very slow. I'm not sure what is wrong with the laptop now, but it takes about 1/2 hour to start up, starts up usually in safe mode, and sometimes doesn't start up at all. When we do finally get into the operating system, it takes FOREVER to open anything up. I just want to replace the entire thing with Linux, but I'm afraid that if I do a format/partition type of operation first, I might end up with a computer that cannot run anything.

I'm not sure I could get the Vista Manager to do what I need because it is SO screwed up at this point, but I suppose I could try.....
 
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At this point it goes back to the original questions that yancek asked.
If you're not sure about the amount of memory you have you can go to crucial to download the tool to check it, it'll tell you what you have & how much you much more you can use.
 
Old 08-10-2011, 04:34 PM   #8
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The computer has the following specifications: Windows Vista Home Premium AMD Turion 64 x2 Dual-Core. 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM, 16-GB HDD. Hope that helps!
 
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In my earlier post, I asked if you knew the version of Mepis. If you got the CD from the back of some Linux book it should be on the CD. If not, boot the CD and look in the /etc directory for a release or issue file which should contain the version number. I'm guessing you have quite an old version of Mepis but, just a guess?
 
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The computer has the following specifications: Windows Vista Home Premium AMD Turion 64 x2 Dual-Core. 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM, 16-GB HDD. Hope that helps!
16 G hdd is small epecially for vista after updates.
Make & model?
 
Old 08-11-2011, 05:54 PM   #11
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Toshiba Satellite A215-S4697.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 08:02 PM   #12
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If you want epis download the latest 64bit iso as yancek suggested & select burn as an image.
http://www.mepis.org/get-mepis

Your hardware supports linux
How much memory do you have installed?

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Old 08-11-2011, 08:22 PM   #13
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I googled Toshiba Satellite A215-S4697 and it shows 160GB hard drive. What's the copyright on the book you got the CD from? Might be too old a version to work on the computer but that's only a guess.
 
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2005. I ordered Ubuntu Linux 11.04 and it installed with no problem at all. The thing is I like the Mephis so much more. I suppose I could try today to see if I can find a help line so that I can call them.
 
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If the copyright date is 2005 then the release version would have to be older and I expect that is the problem.

You can download a new version of Mepis from this site, read some info first:

http://www.mepis.org/mirrors

You could also go to the distrowatch site and find links for Mepis and numerous other distributions which will give you information on them.
 
  


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