LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 05-31-2010, 11:29 AM   #1
rat74136
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question Unable to download Mepis 3.3 from download sites listed by Grim322


Perhaps my question has been answered, but I cannot find one so far. After reading a discussion about how to repartition a hard drive using Mepis 3.3, none of the listed sites will open to me. Is this the best software to repartition a new Windows 7 hard drive? I notice there are later versions of the Mepis software. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Last edited by rat74136; 05-31-2010 at 11:30 AM. Reason: mispelled word
 
Old 05-31-2010, 12:17 PM   #2
jamescondron
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2007
Location: Scunthorpe, UK
Distribution: Ubuntu 8.10; Gentoo; Debian Lenny
Posts: 961

Rep: Reputation: 69
I'd have just done the gparted live cd myself.

Quote:
none of the listed sites will open to me
What do you mean by this? The links are dead? You can't get online under mepis?

I might also be missing something, but are you sure you know what mepis is?
 
Old 05-31-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
Peacedog
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Danville, VA
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
Posts: 5,296

Rep: Reputation: 168Reputation: 168
Hi rat74136, Welcome to LQ. The 3.3 version is several years old. You would be better served with a newer version. Mepis is one of many distributions that includes QTParted which is what I believe you're after. If you must have SimplyMepis 3.3, there is an iso here, however, I'd suggest a newer version.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 05-31-2010, 04:29 PM   #4
rat74136
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Jamescondron, The links I tried were not connecting to the internet. I havn't a clue what mepsis is except that it was part of the info that I found on the help2go site I encountered when searching for a way to reformat a partition on my new disk drive. I actually was directed to a web site by Grimm322 from a 2005 posting.

peace dog, I suspected that when all the sites I tried to enter were not online, that later versions of the software I needed were online. I don't know what iso is either except to identify a specific version of Linux software. I will try the links you have suggested. As you both can tell, I have little knowledge about Linux. I am getting ready to become better informed.

Thanks to you both, and I will post again after trying those links. Any further advice you can give will be greatly appreciated.

robert74136
 
Old 05-31-2010, 05:33 PM   #5
Peacedog
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Danville, VA
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
Posts: 5,296

Rep: Reputation: 168Reputation: 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by rat74136 View Post
Jamescondron, The links I tried were not connecting to the internet. I havn't a clue what mepsis is except that it was part of the info that I found on the help2go site I encountered when searching for a way to reformat a partition on my new disk drive. I actually was directed to a web site by Grimm322 from a 2005 posting.

peace dog, I suspected that when all the sites I tried to enter were not online, that later versions of the software I needed were online. I don't know what iso is either except to identify a specific version of Linux software. I will try the links you have suggested. As you both can tell, I have little knowledge about Linux. I am getting ready to become better informed.

Thanks to you both, and I will post again after trying those links. Any further advice you can give will be greatly appreciated.

robert74136
It sounds like you don't really need Mepis at all, just some way to repartition a drive. You could likely do that with any current LiveCD. I'd recommend the SystemRescueCD. You can find more about it here.

http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

If you could explain a bit more of what you are trying to do exactly, we could likely be more help. Mucking around with partitions can cause data loss, wade in under advisement.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 05-31-2010, 05:34 PM   #6
johnsfine
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Distribution: Centos
Posts: 5,286

Rep: Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181
Mepis is a distribution of Linux that comes as a LiveCD, meaning you can boot into Linux without installing Linux. That isn't unusual. Most distributions of Linux are available as LiveCD. Once booted in GUI mode, almost any Linux liveCD includes some GUI partitioning program, such as gparted.

In my own experience, Mepis 8.0 booted into GUI mode without problems on more combinations of old or strange video hardware than any other Linux distribution I tried. Mepis 8.5 (which is current) did not do nearly so well. I never tried the gparted CD to see how well it works on obscure video hardware.

If you want a liveCD as a tool for fixing lots of different systems that will have other OS's installed, it is nice to have a high probability that GUI will work easily on the first try. Video and wireless are the only things likely to have initial trouble at all, using a liveCD as a tool you often don't even care whether wireless works.

For installing Linux, almost any distribution has VESA or other boot time options that will get GUI to work semi OK long enough to install the right drivers for best GUI.

I thought Windows 7 (unlike XP) had good enough partitioning choices built in that you wouldn't need an external tool to partition for it.
 
Old 05-31-2010, 05:56 PM   #7
rat74136
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Would either of you be able to tell me the best source of QTparted softward for download and use with Windows partitions.
 
Old 05-31-2010, 06:02 PM   #8
frrossk
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: UK
Distribution: Debian jessie
Posts: 33

Rep: Reputation: 16
Why not use Gparted if it's only for partitioning a hdd? This distro is dedicated for such things... tho, if you plan to install a Linux distro on your computer, you can boot from that linux cd, and partition the hdd during install process
 
Old 06-01-2010, 06:10 AM   #9
rat74136
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
unable to download Mepis3.3 from download sites

Thanks for all the replies. To expand on the problem that brought my inquiry, when I installed windows 7 onto my hdd, it suggested a 100G system partition which I accepted. That seemed adequate. However, I encountered some problems with the installation, so after exploring many options, considered reinstalling windows. When I tried, the installation stopped because that 100G partition didn't have enough space for the temporary files required for the install. I didn't want to make another 100G partition containing system files that I couldn't get rid of. The only other option is to format the hdd and reinstall totally. That is the short of it. The total story is too long to relate. I think I am beginning to understand some of the terminology related to the Linux software and that helps. I had hoped that I could reinstall windows 7 by expanding that 100G partition, and then shrinking it back to 100G
 
Old 06-01-2010, 06:36 AM   #10
johnsfine
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Distribution: Centos
Posts: 5,286

Rep: Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181Reputation: 1181
Quote:
Originally Posted by rat74136 View Post
I encountered some problems with the installation, so after exploring many options, considered reinstalling windows. When I tried, the installation stopped because that 100G partition didn't have enough space for the temporary files required for the install.
That sounds very unlikely.

I haven't done a Windows 7 install myself, but it is hard to believe it needs temporary files anywhere near that big.

I don't know what went wrong in the first install, but I suspect the left over state from the first install broke the second due to corrupted directory structure or locked files or something else that might be reported as lack of disk space but isn't.

I think you need to trash that partition an start the Windows 7 install from scratch and then I don't know what might be different to avoid your original problem (Other than Windows install is inherently unpredictable: Do identical steps on identical hardware and you typically get different behavior).

Quote:
I had hoped that I could reinstall windows 7 by expanding that 100G partition, and then shrinking it back to 100G
If you want to try, download a liveCD image for almost any Linux distribution or for GParted or SystemRescue and burn that image to CD. Boot the CD and it should be pretty easy to find the GUI partitioning tool and pretty obvious how to use it.
 
Old 06-03-2010, 06:20 AM   #11
rat74136
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thumbs up Unable to download...

After considerable thought, I have decided to reinstall Windows 7. I have imparted onbit of misinformation; the system partition is only 100mb. As I started my reinstall, I was able to expand that partition. Thanks for all your replies.
 
  


Reply

Tags
linux, software


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Unable To Download VLC Media Player From Download Page(s) clb48 Linux - Newbie 5 03-15-2010 06:42 PM
Unable To Download VLC Media Player From Download Page(s) clb48 Linux - Newbie 1 03-15-2010 03:46 PM
download sites alaios Linux - Software 7 04-11-2005 09:57 AM
linux program download sites arax_luminarium Linux - Software 1 07-24-2003 07:17 PM
RPMs download sites gogo Linux - General 3 04-30-2001 11:48 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:53 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration