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Old 07-09-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
nelson53
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bought linux disks but can't install


i bought ubuntu,zenwalk 4.4.1 and pclinuxos at ondisk .i have tried all three and can't get any to work.i bought an old hp vectra just to try some linux to see what i like.the hard drive was small so i got anouther one but still can't install.my new one has vista which i hate but want to try linux on the old one before i switch.i will be switching somehow as soon as i can figure this out.
 
Old 07-09-2007, 09:35 PM   #2
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We need a lot more detail: specifically fairly complete HW spec ie cpu/motherboard/ram/disk/video and exactly what error msg(s) you got for which distro.
 
Old 07-09-2007, 09:51 PM   #3
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Don't know about the other's but Ubuntu is both an install CD and a live-CD. You can safely start it on any computer and run it from the CD to see how it works without installing it to the hard drive. (Just don't click on install )
Try Ubuntu in your other PC and post a better description of where the installs fail with any error messages.
 
Old 07-09-2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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Perhaps just to try them out, you can just run them as LIVE CD's, without actually installing them. Zenwalk runs Live, and Ubuntu does too, though I am totally unfamiliar with that HP machine, so that may be part of the problem.

I presume you have a suitable DVD or CD-ROM drive connected, with which to load the discs?
 
Old 07-09-2007, 10:06 PM   #5
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the likely reason they do not work is some hardware Incompatibility....check the HCL to see if you have any hardware that could be the gremlin.

Moving on, it it probably better if you are new to linux, to first try out a live cd....a system that runs in memory and does need to install...this can also be used to detect your hardware in linux terms eg lspci will list your pci devices as detected.

to be rude it is not clear if you used skills to format and partition that second drive....you can use a live cd to do that as well.

if you have broadband....dsl....fast internet...etc...you can download live cds free of charge...you have to burn them as an iso image and not as a single data file onto the cd.

let us know if this interests you.

www.distromania.com and www.distrowatch.com are good starting points.

good luck
 
Old 07-09-2007, 10:07 PM   #6
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oh forgot, you do know how to change your bios to boot cds before the hard drive?
 
Old 07-09-2007, 10:10 PM   #7
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Okay, I already answered in your duplicate post.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 01:25 AM   #8
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I've merged two similar threads.
 
  


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