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Old 03-25-2016, 04:09 PM   #1
Gregg Bell
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Can't install Bodhi


I'm using Unebootin and trying to install the small-ish bohi legacy. When I re-start the computer (it's an old HP running XP) I choose Unetbootin and Bodhi starts up. (And Bodhi is fully functional, only thing is it's not installed, therefore I have no password and can't do sudo in the terminal etc etc.) Then I go to install it. I get the 'Welcome' screen and continue. I get the '...ensure the computer has 3.5 GB available drive space...' and continue. Which brings me to the "Installation type" screen. It's got tabs for "Device" "Type" "Mount point" "Format?" "Size" "Used" and "System" but there is nothing in the open rectangle below them. So I choose "Install now." When I do I get:

No root file system is defined. Please correct from the partitioning menu.

And that's as far as I get.

The "Device for boot loader installation" (on the "Installation type" screen) is: /dev/sda.

There is a drop-down menu that reveals no other choices. I kind of wonder if it's kind of looking for a usb drive with a bootable Bodhi file on it. (I get hazy on how this unetbootin installation process works.)

Thanks.
 
Old 03-25-2016, 04:54 PM   #2
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it's not installed, therefore I have no password and can't do sudo in the terminal etc etc.
You should be able to, there just isn't a password on a Live CD. After typing in a command prefaced with sudo, just hit the enter key. You should not be prompted for a password, if you are just hit enter.

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When I re-start the computer (it's an old HP running XP) I choose Unetbootin and Bodhi starts up.
Sounds like what is referred to as a frugal install, putting the Live CD on your hard drive with unetbootin and booting from it to begin an install. Is your old xp hardware not capable of booting from a usb?

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there is nothing in the open rectangle below them.
You should have multiple options for Installation Type. Almost always will be the Erase Disk and manual install, probably referred to as Something Else as in other Ubuntus. The most likely scenario is that you have no unallocated space on the drive. If you can boot Bodhi, try opening a terminal and running this command and posting the output here:

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No root file system is defined.
You need to put "/", the forward slash in the drop down box to the right of Mount point symbolizing the root of the filesystem, without the quotes.

/dev/sda would install the Grub2 bootloader to the master boot record of the device which is what you want as trying to boot Linux from xp is a convoluted process.

If you don't see anything in the main installation window, I wouldn't proceed as you will likely overwrite your current outdated, unsupported xp.
 
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thanks yancek. I tried a new approach. I put Unetbootin on the XP computer and made a bootable usb with it (with Bodhi). Then when I hit F9 I could get to the screen where you select either the floppy or USB and a couple of other things, but the USB choice was not connected to my USB. (When I took my USB out the USB choice was missing.)

The whole thing doesn't look like it normally does (the BIOS, that is) when I do this. I was able to get to something called the AMBIOS (which I think is the Spanish version of the BIOS--nah, just kidding) and I tried a million different keys that are suggested for an old HP (model #d220MT). See the screenshot. I even tried the 'stuck key' method. Nothing worked.

This computer apparently wants to stay Windows.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:29 AM   #4
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Computer 10+ years old may not be capable of booting from a flash drive. Have you ever booted a flash drive from that machine before?
 
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Old 03-27-2016, 06:47 PM   #5
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Computer 10+ years old may not be capable of booting from a flash drive. Have you ever booted a flash drive from that machine before?
Wow. I never thought of that. Hmm. And no, never booted a flash drive to that machine. Gee, I'm glad you mentioned that because that's probably the case. I don't need the computer for anything. I figured I'd just give it a shot. Now I'm thinking I'll bail on it. Thanks for all the help!
 
  


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