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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!
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.
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.
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?
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.....
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.
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?
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.