well it crashed and now the pc will not even boot. I am begining to think that linux does not want me to use it.
Of course it wants you to use it! Dont give up, please
Okay, to quote someone "here's an easy one
- Get MacPup
, probably the best thing to start with for you
- Burn the CD, you know kow
- Insert the CD in the PC where Linux has to be installed (not your main system - the hard drive will be erased
) and (re)start that PC
- At the brown-ish splash, just hit Enter
- After all the text, you'll see five dancing dots, dont worry...
- You end up on a dark-blue desktop.
- There will be a setup screen, enter the values you need (keys, mouse, screen) hit "OK"
- You'll be able to test the keyboard
- The thing will want to restart the X-server, allow that
- The dancing dots, again...
- Click on the (gothic) "M" and navigate until you see "Setup" (Applications-Setup)
- Choose "Puppy Universal Installer
- Choose where to install ("internal IDE SATA drive
" I guess)
- You'll be presented with a (list of) drive(s), select your hard drive (SDA/HDA, depends)
- Prep the hard drive, to do that, hit the grey-ish button, GParted will come up
- You'll see a "strip", that's the hard drive. Let's clean up first
- Click on that strip, then the trash can to delete the whole thing (unless there's still data you need
- Hit "apply" and confirm
- Repeat that until you have one clean grey strip
- Click in the (now) grey strip and the "new" button
- Enter a name for the drive and leave the rest as is...
- Click "Add" and "Apply", again, confirm
- The system will report success, close this frame too...
- Right-click in the (now) white strip and then select "manage flags
- Select "boot" and close
- Before you close GParted, note the name that was given, look for something like "/dev/sda1"...or the like, write this down
- In the menu, select "GParted" then "Quit"
- Re-select the harddisk, there could be more than one (here it was), dont worry, they're both the same
- You're back in the installer screen
- Hit the red-ish button next to "install to sda1"
- Confirm at the next screen
- The next screen presents two buttons (and quite some text), I'd select "Full" for a complete install
- Let MacPup install, this may take a while...
- MacPup should come back with two things: an "it all went well...
" (phew) message and some text in a notepad...
- Just ingore this text for now...
- Next, we'll make sure the thing boots up next time
- Hit the Gothic M again, then Applications and System
- Select the yellow-ish icon : "Grub bootloader config
- Select "Simple", hit "OK"
- Keep the suggested choice, this is about the bootmenu, anyway
- Hit ok...
- Remember what you wrote down? Fill out the box with that, hit "OK"
- You'll be given three choices of where to put the GRUB (the menu, that is), choose the third "MBR" - okay, it says that's not safe, but ... it is, trust me
- One last (long) message saying that all went well...
- There's still some text open, close that, we dont need that anymore, dont save it...
- Noticed the buttons at the bottom? Hit the "Power" button (circle with a vertical line)
- In the next frame, select "Reboot"
- The (very) last text-only screen invites you to save settings, hit the right arrow (keyboard) until the "Do Not Save" button is selected, hit Enter
- Notice that the system does not eject the CD rom
need to do that
- In the next screen (the GRUB) select the first option "Linux (on /dev/sda1)" and hit Enter
- You'll see lots of text, then the dancing dots, and...the setup screen again. That's normal, because now
, you'll set up the final system
, for a last time.
- Fill out, confirm, allow X to restart
- Welcome to Linux!
Let me know where "the eagle hits the moon"