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Old 11-06-2017, 04:02 PM   #1
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Linux Mint on a Toshiba Satellite?


Since I am brand-spanking new to using Linux as an OS, I've decided to give it a try. My daughter gave me her old laptop; she can't remember the password, and I haven't been able to reset it, even by logging in as Administrator. So this will be my candidate for Linux installation.

I've worked as much of my Google-Fu in searching out Linux distros, and I've decided to give Linux Mint a try. It seems to be popular, and easy for the newbie. Since this Satellite has an onboard CD/DVD player, I have Mint on a disk. I have not tried to run anything live yet as I can't log into this Satellite.

However, in my searches and digging across the vast Interwebs wastelands, I've encountered a theme - Toshiba Satellite models seem to have a bad reputation for getting Linux in as the OS. Here's what I've got, spec-wise:

Brand: Toshiba
Model: Satellite L305-S5919
Processor Speed: 2.16GHz
Memory (Installed): 2GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 160GB 5400RPM
Storage Controller: Serial ATA
Optical Drive Type: Dual Layer DVD±RW/DVD-RAM
Video Card: Intel GMA 4500M Integrated/On-Board Graphics
3 x USB 2.0
Integrated 10/100 Network Card

I'm more than willing to give it a shot, but I'd also rather not tear out more hair than necessary. I've already determined that getting this Satellite to boot from anything but the hard drive is a spectacular pain (the BIOS pretty much ignores me), but I want to learn and persist.

However, given that discretion is the better part of valor, I'd love to hear anything that anyone can give me as a hint, tactic, technique, or even a number to a good psycho-therapist ^_^

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I also have Xubuntu on a disk from a magazine purchased at B&N if this is a better OS to try.

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Old 11-06-2017, 04:56 PM   #2
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Toshiba Satellite models seem to have a bad reputation for getting Linux in as the OS.
No, this isn't true. I've never had a problem with my last 2 Satellites.

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I have Mint on a disk. I have not tried to run anything live yet as I can't log into this Satellite.
When you boot it, hold down your F12 key and you should get a boot menu allowing you to boot the DVD.

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Old 11-07-2017, 12:56 AM   #3
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is the Xubuntu disk the 16.04 LTS version? then install that.
otherwise you need to download a distro that is current and supported.
same goes for that mint disk - if it's outdated, don't use it.
download the latest version and make a new disk (or install from usb).

on this single core machine with a slow hd, you need something lightweight - xubuntu might be light enough, or it might not.

have a look here to get an overview of distros specializing in "Old Computers" (i personally find that list way too large and broad; long story short, antiX is often recommended).

Last edited by ondoho; 11-07-2017 at 12:32 PM. Reason: overall clarification
 
Old 11-07-2017, 06:10 AM   #4
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... I've worked as much of my Google-Fu in searching out Linux distros, and I've decided to give Linux Mint a try. It seems to be popular, and easy for the newbie. Since this Satellite has an onboard CD/DVD player, I have Mint on a disk. I have not tried to run anything live yet as I can't log into this Satellite.
Hi,

I don't think it will be particularly difficult just because it is Toshiba. Looking at your specs we can deduce it is MBR territory, so that UEFI mess is already out of the way. Then, please try to boot the Mint and let us know what happens.

I'm just wondering why you say you haven't tried anything since you can't log into the machine. Is it Windows you can't log into? If, yes, since the machine is an old one and Windows is locked, just wipe the whole disk and install Mint.
 
  


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