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missmarples 11-15-2010 10:06 AM

How to clean linuk out & re-install
Hi there, I bought a linuk netbook some months ago, & a friend tried to put windows in it.... Well now i cant get either on it,So im wondering if anyone could help me clean it out & re-install linuk,it does't have a a disk drive in it. thanks x

business_kid 11-15-2010 11:27 AM

Welcome to LQ.

Not enough information there for people. Have you a cd drive? will it boot? You may have to install over network, which is not trivial. Is there an SSD?

Cooner 11-15-2010 12:04 PM

What version of linux was on it to begin with? You can down load a usb stick version (many different flavors) and install it from there.

frankbell 11-15-2010 07:53 PM

If it doesn't have a DVD/CD drive (I'm guessing that it must have some kind of hard drive or it wouldn't have been able to have Windows on it), you might be able to hook it up to an external USB DVD/CD drive and install from there.

I know that my Dell Mini9 netbook can easily boot from an external USB drive after I press the key during the BIOS check to "select boot drive" and make the appropriate choice. I just used one to update it to erase it and upgrade it to Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook remix.

Many Linux distros also offer the option of installing from a bootable USB thumbdrive.

tiredofbilkyyaforallican 11-15-2010 07:59 PM

the thumb drive works as well as a disc and about as fast.

Kenny_Strawn 11-15-2010 09:09 PM

What the hell is the OP talking about?!

First of all, why, just WHY, do you need to replace Linux with Windows when you can take just as much time to learn what Linux is all about?

Secondly, it's Linux, not 'linuk', thank you very much, and your spelling/grammar is horrible throughout that post, as such that I cannot understand a single word you're posting.

rokytnji 11-15-2010 09:43 PM

What kind of Netbook? I run AntiX and Puppeee on my EEEPCs and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a Acer Aspire One ZG5 (wireless and everything else worked out of the box on the Acer).

In case it is a Acer.

The Ubuntu default install will format your netbook and clean out whatever the Windows attempted borked install did.

tiredofbilkyyaforallican 11-16-2010 01:27 AM

I have run puppy linux in laptops that did not even have hard drives in them both as a disc and USB flash drives they all worked flawlessly.

missmarples 11-16-2010 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by business_kid (Post 4159601)
Welcome to LQ.

Not enough information there for people. Have you a cd drive? will it boot? You may have to install over network, which is not trivial. Is there an SSD?

Hi there, i did say i don't have a disk drive with it.

Outcast 11-16-2010 11:16 AM

Which netbook is it ?

You are obviously using another machine so perhaps you can go to.... and download the netbook version of Ubuntu.

Hopefully you are in possession of a USB stick as you will definitely need one to install to your netbook. They are cheap enough these days anyway.

If the Netbook is an Asus EeePc then insert the usb stick and switch on.. IMMEDIATELY press esc and select the usb stick to boot from... Follow destructions.

theKbStockpiler 11-16-2010 01:17 PM

Original Poster is having a installation problem that is assumed to be Linux related.
Sometimes OS installs will hang, (get to a point and cease to continue).This is not only native to Linux but also to Windows. SO if the original poster can elaborate, they can find out how to do this without a CD/DVD ROM if this is the case.Can you purchase or borrow an externalCD/DVD ROM and do you have a full installation disk, not an upgrade disk?

Hard drive- (Hd) is where data is permanently stored.

(CD/DVD ROM)- (read only memory) is your CD or DVD player. The ROM part of the name is a hold over from what it used to be but now is not. People refer to it by it's old outdated name.

Your problem is not that hard to remedy if you allow posters to help by giving the specifics to you situation.:tisk: I will not hesitate to click onto the tisk-tisk smiley if necessary.

ferris_bewley 11-16-2010 01:39 PM

Since you have no clue...
What I would suggest is this:
1. download Ubuntu 10.10 for USB
2. Install Ubuntu 10.10 via USB
a. this may require you to change the boot order in the bios
1. don't forget to save the bios settings before exiting.
b. you will need a working computer, usb stick(at least 1 gig) and the ability to read, understand, and follow directions.
3. learn how to ask intelligent questions
a. provide the complete hardware info, operating system (ubuntu, fedora, centos, etc)
b. listen and research the things people are telling you to do.

This will get you up and running with an beginner version of Linux.

Good luck.

business_kid 11-17-2010 02:30 AM


Originally Posted by missmarples (Post 4160856)
Hi there, i did say i don't have a disk drive with it.

You said basically nothing else. You denied us the information we wanted to help you, that's all.

missmarples 11-17-2010 04:52 AM

Thank you all
Thank you all for your help xx

impert 11-17-2010 05:22 AM

I was a bit disappointed reading some of the replies in this thread.
Certainly the original post lacked information, but no-one is born knowing enough about computers to know even what is needed when asking for help. We all have to learn. It's also common for well-meaning friends to screw things up, sometimes without being asked, and then to be unable to fix them.
For those who feel impatient, perhaps it would be better just to make no comment and go to another thread rather than to adopt a scolding tone.
Missmarples, I'm sorry, I can't help you with this problem.

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