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Old 07-11-2015, 04:59 PM   #1
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A couple of weeks ago my computer got a virus and wiped everything, including my OS. The computer turns on but the screen is black. I need to get a new OS on there and i figured this would be a great time to experiment around with linux. So here is my first question...

Is my system able to run linux? It is a toshiba satelite p305d-s8828. It is a 64 bit system and originally had windows 7 on it.
My next question is how much space is required to make a linux boot drive(as in a usb that would install the Linux Os on this currently useless chunk of plastic)? I have a 4 gig and a 24 gig usb. Will either of them suffice? Forgive me if my questions seem ignorant i'm breaking ground into new territory.
 
Old 07-11-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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Is my system able to run linux?
Try out a variety of distributions in "live" mode to check hardware compatibility.
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how much space is required to make a linux boot drive
Most live distributions will fit on a 4GiB USB stick.
 
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:00 PM   #3
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Must Linux distros come in sizes that will fit on a DVD; some of them will fit in CD's. Accordingly, the 4GB USB stick would likely be large enough. A box that came with Win7 is likely capable of running just about any contemporary distro, but it might help if you posted your specs, particularly the CPU, RAM, video card, and wireless chipset information.

A popular application for making a bootable USB stick is unetbootin. It's worked just fine for me on several occasions.
 
Old 07-11-2015, 10:24 PM   #4
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Is my system able to run linux? It is a toshiba satelite p305d-s8828. It is a 64 bit system and originally had windows 7 on it.
Hi...

Welcome to the forum

Are these the specs for your system here?

If so, you might want to go with a lighter distribution like Lubuntu, Zorin OS 9 Lite, MX-14, or Debian to avoid sluggishness. Also, You might have to make do with the open source Radeon driver for your graphics, as I'm not sure the fglrx driver (AMD's proprietary driver) will support your graphics chip with a newer kernel.

Regards...
 
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:31 PM   #5
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Is my system able to run linux? It is a toshiba satelite p305d-s8828.
Look first through here, and here
is my suggestion before getting started.

99.9% of the time. The answer is yes. Desire and Need are requirements for a good running system.
All is up to you. Are you game?

Always
md5sum check a linux iso download before attempting a install. Do not take for granted a downloaded iso is not corrupted. It will save you ghost in the machine problems later and head aches.
 
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:00 AM   #6
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so yes, a lightweight distro.

before actually installing anything you might want to completely erase the MBR of your lappy's hard drive, because virus and such.

for that, boot one of the aforementioned live linux systems, and from the command line (terminal) issue this command:
Code:
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/XXX bs=1M count=1
but before you issue the command, you have to find out what to substitute for "XXX" - so, again from the command line:
Code:
sudo fdisk -l | grep 'Disk /dev'
and see which disk you want to erase completely. If the result is ambiguous, try this instead:
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
the "XXX" should always be sth like "sda", and not "sda1".

this will effectively destroy all data on the drive and make it virus free, so be triple careful you get the command right!

Last edited by ondoho; 07-12-2015 at 07:02 AM.
 
Old 07-12-2015, 09:21 AM   #7
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toshiba satelite p305d-s8828

64 bit x86 dual core
3GB of RAM
17" display
ATI 3100 graphics.

It's old-ish, but it still makes my new stuff look like chump gear. It should run linux fine.

If you have an existing linux machine the process will be easy-ish. Otherwise options do exist to install linux from windows. unetbootin, sysconfig, easy2boot, and probably other methods to make a bootable stick. Perhaps the 4GB stick for the installer and the 8GB stick for the install. Are you sure it was a virus and not hardware failure? HDDs and even SSDs do not last forever (when used).
 
Old 07-12-2015, 11:27 AM   #8
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I'd suggest making sure that the hardware is OK. Have a look here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...re-4175461588/

A live Linux disk will often include a RAM check tool that can be used before it boots. It can also try to access the HD and run a filing system check once it's booted - that will make sure you have a working HD. If Linux can't run, then the CPU has probably gone.
 
Old 07-12-2015, 12:19 PM   #9
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I concur with ondoho: nuke your drive before going further. (Complete format with erase, especially MBR)
It seems you could get the more efficient proprietary (AMD) drivers; by default the more stable open-source (GNU?) drivers are installed.
As for light-weight: I'd get some distro that let's you use something besides GNOME. My preferred desktop is XFCE.
 
Old 07-12-2015, 12:23 PM   #10
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It's old-ish, but it still makes my new stuff look like chump gear. It should run linux fine.
(when used).

Very true. Linux runs like a champ on older hardware.

There are a ton of Linux Distros to pick from, look for a live disk and one that is light-weight.

Get a list here: http://distrowatch.com/
 
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:55 PM   #11
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Hi.

+1 For "Try out a variety of distributions..." and "Are you game?"
 
Old 07-13-2015, 12:38 AM   #12
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Thank you for all of your replies. Whether or not my labtop can be saved, you've definitely given me plenty of information that will be useful for these kind of problems in the future.
 
Old 07-13-2015, 12:59 AM   #13
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Thank you for all of your replies. Whether or not my labtop can be saved, you've definitely given me plenty of information that will be useful for these kind of problems in the future.
You're welcome.

If you would, please mark this thread as "SOLVED" by clicking on "Thread Tools" right above your initial post. Thanks!

Regards...
 
  


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