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Started by Trenchcoat, August 23, 2021, 07:40:45 PM
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Quote from: Trenchcoat on August 23, 2021, 07:40:45 PMMy Toshiba Equium l300-140 which ran Windows Vista home premium has no option in BIOS 1.50 to boot a cd/dvd which I have bought to install Linux mint cinnamon 34 bit. The cd dvd optical drive appears to be built in Toshiba only with no option to boot from my own disc or usb. Can I make this machine bootable from a dvd?
Quote from: Trenchcoat on August 26, 2021, 06:45:54 PMYes, it is 146. My mistake. Total memory 1024MB.It ran Vista Home Premium. Then it should run 'most' Linux distros ok, albeit the 'heavier' ones may run a little slower (but all will be faster than Vista ever was!) The governing factor is RAM - the more you have, the faster it runsMy plan is to download the most appropriate Linux programme onto a 64bit memory stick along with Rufus to make it bootable then try to install that in the USB MEMORY option (which appears to me to be the only one of the five options for booting from an external source currently on the machine?) Yes, that's another way to do it but if it will, then the option to install from disk most certainly will be in the menu somewhere, if a DVD player is installed, that is. A couple of things occur to me:1, On machines with Windows already installed do you have to completely de-install Windows to make room for Linux and if so how do you do that? No, you can run both alongside each other - it's called 'dual-booting - the Linux installer will automatically allocate the space required. However........ Windows is notoriously 'bloated' and when installed will take over the whole drive so Linux will 'shrink' the partition that Windows sits on to make room for itself. Would having two take up double the space? No, see above. For info - Linux generally has a much smaller footprint than Windows I actually thought that as part of the installation process you were given the option to delete or de-install Windows? Yes, you do have that option 2, The point you make about 34 bit Cinnamon being time limited quite surprises me. I am motivated to switch from Windows because it is too time limited and persistently requires updates which I have no control over and which I am certain is harvesting data for third parties. You seem to be saying that Cinnamon is time limited too? No, you misunderstand. It is 32bit (not 34...) software that is being phased out. All computers are now 64bit capable and have been for several years. 32bit software will still run on 64bit machines but there will no longer be any development or updating of it. Simply put, it is now redundant so no point in working on it further. Also, Linux has regular updates but these are more of refinement and further bolstering an already very secure system.3, Which version of Linux would be most functional and easiest to install on the Equium l300 - 146 and which would you recommend for me? Most Linux installs are pretty straightforward these days and it depends on your requirements and what your machine capability is as to version. Even the lightest and most basic of distros have good functionality and a great advantage of Linux is there's a mass of free software available that you can add if you wish.
Quote from: Trenchcoat on August 27, 2021, 12:04:38 PMI also learnt that it is too big to install on that machine.
Quote.... can use that USB stick as a portable device to override any other software on any other computer?
Quote from: Keith on September 10, 2021, 03:45:55 PMDon't worry about the time difference: you can always change that under "Settings". Now that you have installed Mint, ensure that the USB stick is removed before booting. Your machine will try to boot from the first device listed in the "Boot Order" you have set but as the USB stick is absent will try the next device in the boot list (often the DVD) and failing that it will try your HDD where, indeed, you have put the operating system. In other words, just boot without a Live USB or Live DVD inserted and all will be fine.If you ever want to try another OS, then booting with an appropriate Live USB or Live DVD inserted will display that OS (as long as you click on "Try without installing"!). Quote.... can use that USB stick as a portable device to override any other software on any other computer?Yes; your Live USB can be used to install Mint on any other computer.Do let us know how you get on with your new Mint.Keith