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Old 03-11-2020, 07:43 PM   #1
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Re: Installing Zorin Lite on an old laptop

Good day everybody. About a month ago I installed Zorin OS 15 onto my desktop and changed from Windows 10. I have really enjoyed the experience and having visited many sited to learn about Zorin I discovered Zorin Lite and how good it is for and old laptop. As an old man naturally I have an old laptop so I thought that I would give it a go.
I have an Acer Travelmate 2480 with Wndows XP installed. As this computer will not connect to the internet I downloaded Zorin Lite 32 bit onto my desktop and tried to make a bootable USB with Etcher but with no luck. Etcher worked fine on my desktop with windows 10 but it won't run on my desktop now that it has Zorin on it. So I burned a CD on my desktop and tried that in my laptop. The program starts to install but after a short time the installation stops and I get a blank screen with an empty toolbar at the bottom save for a Zorin start button and the date. I thought that perhaps my download was corrupted so I downloaded it again and made a new CD and tried to install again. The results were exactly the same. So I downloaded dban and formatted the hard drive and tried again but still no luck. I thought that maybe I had a hardware issue like the CD drive not working properly so I tried to reinstall Windows XP and it installed perfectly so it looks like the hardware is OK.
If anybody can give me a clue as to what I am doing wrong and can offer a solution to this I would be really grateful as I really would like to try Zorin Lite.
Thank you in advance
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Old 04-01-2020, 02:41 AM   #2
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Hello & WELCOME to LQ!!! Sorry you didn't get any replies. (I have a OldhuMan 'soft spot' for OLD laptops too)

I ?think? 'THE' [simplest?] way to create a bootable USB -on- a Linux system is dd!!!

dd if=zorin.iso of=/dev/sd_ bs=8M
(_ like b) Be SURE the USB pendrive is sd_!!! Or you will DESTROY your sd_ HD!!!

I use YUMI, (to put dozenS of distroS on one big thumbdrive!!!) which sadly only runs M$Winblows. I'm kinda newbie in this area (but not strace!!!)

Best wishes!!! Let us know (full details so readers can: reproduce problem AND understand how it got resolved!!!)
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I, too, recommend to boot from USB.
Zorin recommends etcher, but apparently that didn't work, so let's go low level with dd:
  • Open a terminal in the folder where you downloaded your ZorinOS.
  • Assuming the file is called “zorin.iso”, enter the command ‘sha256 zorin.iso’ and check if the checksum is the same as on this page.
  • Good, your download is NOT corrupted.
  • Plug in the USB stick.
  • Enter the command
    sudo fdisk -l
    This might create lots of output, but towards the end you should see something like
    Disk /dev/sde: 28.92 GiB, 31029460992 bytes, 60604416 sectors
    Disk model: DataTraveler 3.0
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    That’s my USB drive, and the path to remember is /dev/sde. VERY IMPORTANT: the last letter could be different on your system! Therefore, let’s call it /dev/sdX from now on
  • Now we also have to make sure that the stick is NOT currently mounted. Enter the command 'mount' - if you see /dev/sdX in the output, you have to issue
    sudo umount /dev/sdX
  • Now the final, most important command:
    sudo dd if=zorin.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M; sudo sync; sync
    That will take a while, and you will get little to no feedback about what's happening. Just wait, up to 30min I'd say.
PS: this being an old laptop, be sure you don't accidentally choose a USB 1.1 port. That would make it painfully slow to burn that stick.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:27 AM   #4
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Thank you everybody for your replies to my question. I will try everything listed here and report back on wht transpires.
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