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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2016, 11:14:08 am »
I do not understand why this chap installed this operating system.  I am running mint 17.3 mate 64bit on a similar laptop with no problems.

You should be able to download a newer version of mint say mint 17 I suggest version 17 with support until 2019 (lightest LTS version)  https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=160

Once you have downloaded the new operating system there should be a program in Applications to create a live USB.  This can be used to boot the troublesome laptop and if required install mint.

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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2016, 02:47:38 pm »
The link you gave doesn't really tie down which CPU you have or whether it supports PAE

I think the best bet is to create a Peppermint 6 or 7 LiveUSB/LiveDVD and see if it'll boot from it

Do you have another PC (not chromebook) on which we can create a LiveUSB stick .. and is this PC Linux or Windows ?
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2016, 01:41:54 pm »
The link you gave doesn't really tie down which CPU you have or whether it supports PAE

I think the best bet is to create a Peppermint 6 or 7 LiveUSB/LiveDVD and see if it'll boot from it

Do you have another PC (not chromebook) on which we can create a LiveUSB stick .. and is this PC Linux or Windows ?

Sorry Mark, I'm just recovering from flu, yes got netbook (Mint).
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2016, 01:43:17 pm »
I do not understand why this chap installed this operating system.  I am running mint 17.3 mate 64bit on a similar laptop with no problems.

You should be able to download a newer version of mint say mint 17 I suggest version 17 with support until 2019 (lightest LTS version)  https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=160

Once you have downloaded the new operating system there should be a program in Applications to create a live USB.  This can be used to boot the troublesome laptop and if required install mint.

The netbook is ok, just runs a bit slow now. It needs more RAM and a new HD as its SSD is very small.
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2016, 01:45:03 pm »
The link you gave doesn't really tie down which CPU you have or whether it supports PAE


I don't know what PAE is. Its a Dell inspirion laptop. if you tell me how to find out what its CPU is I will look online.
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2016, 06:19:48 pm »
Okay (as we're going round in circles here) let's just try creating a Peppermint 7 64bit LiveUSB and see if it'll boot.

Download the peppermint 7 64bit ISO image from here onto your Mint PC desktop
https://peppermintos.com/iso/Peppermint-7-20160616-amd64.iso

also download this file and put it on your desktop
http://launchpad.net/unetbootin/trunk/625/+download/unetbootin-linux-625.bin

let me know when you have those 2 files on your desktop, and a 2GB (or larger) USB stick that can be safely wiped.
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2016, 01:49:57 pm »
Thanks Mark, I'll do this tomorrow as got tons to do this afternoon and going out in the evening. I've got a data stick- I think it must be 2g because we used this before in the past to create an ISO on when you helped me load Peppermint 3 onto the old HD laptop ( the one that has since died).
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2016, 06:01:34 pm »
Sorry Mark- been super busy lately! The file you told me to put on my Mint netbook desktop is on there, and the two iso files are on my data stick. So, now I'm ready to  load them to the old Dell laptop.
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2016, 01:56:09 pm »
Okay, I've decided against using unetbootin (it doesn't contain a working profile for Peppermint) .. lets install/use mintstick instead.

Download this file
http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/backport/m/mintstick/mintstick_1.1.8_all.deb
and double-click it to install.

Once you have it installed, you should find 2 new applications in the menu

menu > System Tools > USB Image Writer
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menu > System Tools > USB Stick Formatter

Can you confirm you have those ? .. then I'll post a tutorial on their use.
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2016, 02:23:14 pm »
I've downloaded the mint stick package onto my Mint netbook, and the previous isos you gave me (Peppermint 7) are on the data stick. I can see the mint stick package in my documents on my netbook but when I look in my menu I don't see :

menu > System Tools > USB Image Writer


menu > System Tools > USB Stick Formatter

P.S- a weird thing- my data stick has stopped working on my Chromebook but it works in my netbook.
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2016, 05:22:28 pm »
If you're going to use that same USB stick as the installation media, you'll need to copy the ISO's off it and onto say the desktop of your Mint PC (because you're going to be overwriting the USB stick0.

If you've installed mintstick but cannot find the 2 utilities in the menu, you can start them with these commands

USB Stick Formatter
Code: [Select]
mintstick -m format

USB Image Writer
Code: [Select]
mintstick -m iso
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2016, 01:47:51 pm »
If you're going to use that same USB stick as the installation media, you'll need to copy the ISO's off it and onto say the desktop of your Mint PC (because you're going to be overwriting the USB stick0.

If you've installed mintstick but cannot find the 2 utilities in the menu, you can start them with these commands

USB Stick Formatter
Code: [Select]
mintstick -m format

USB Image Writer
Code: [Select]
mintstick -m iso

I've got the iso file and mintstick on my Mint netbook. The data stick no longer works even on my netbook now. I do have however, 2 portable hard drives that I can use to transfer the files from the netbook to the Dell laptop that's getting Linuxed.

I entered those commands but got back "command not found" on each of them.
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2016, 09:09:49 pm »
Post the output from:
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dpkg -l | grep mintstick
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Re: My old laptop -help please
« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2016, 12:52:18 pm »
karij@karij-Inspiron-1011 ~ $ dpkg -l | grep mintstick
karij@karij-Inspiron-1011 ~ $
karij@karij-Inspiron-1011 ~ $

Nothing, just a flashing cursor. It might be better if you re link me all the files I need to save onto the Mint netbook and portable HD. Maybe I saved the wrong ones. I'm not a computer programmer/savvy on systems so I don't really understand what these files are and what they do. Thanks Mark.
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Re: My old laptop -HELP please!
« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2017, 10:49:18 pm »
Please what do I do next? I'm dying to get Linux on the Dell laptop up and running as my Chromebook won't play videos from my portable hard drives and connect to a CD drive, so not been able to play my CDs and DVDS for months.
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