Installing Linux

This must be such a common question that it ought to be under FAQs, but I’m afraid I can’t find its answer there.
My computer is getting so old and slow that something needs to be done about it. Cleanup programs seem to do nothing, so I’m considering wiping the whole hard disc, Windows and all, and installing Linux from scratch. Is this a sensible solution? Would it be hard to do?

Hi Theozoon, and welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

You’d be amazed just how easy it would be :wink:

If you want a looksee through the general installation routine … see here:
http://www.distrogeeks.com/install-peppermint-os/

BTW, Peppermint is my favourite distro, and ideally suited to older hardware … but the installation routine will be the same for most Ubuntu based Linux distributions.

If it’s got a reliable internet connection, I’d second Peppermint, it’s a nice OS :slight_smile:

If not, I might suggest Mint Xfce LTS (http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=113), it’s nice and should run well (it’s basically Xubuntu made a bit more user-friendly)

Nothing stopping you installing applications locally in Peppermint

it just doesn’t force the devs choice of pre-installed apps on you

Peppermint is as happy with local offline apps as it is with web apps … or a mixture of the two … but YOUR mixture, nobody elses :slight_smile:

Though Mint Xfce is a good choice too

Hehe … I’m back in Peppermint pushing mode :slight_smile:

Installing a linux distro is very easy even I can do it although you don’t even have to install it to try it out, you can boot into a live CD (which you would be advised to do anyway pre installation) and give it a spin and it won’t make any changes to your system until you’re ready to install, you can even try one or two different distros before settling on what you like best, and you’ll find plenty of willing help here on this forum. I would second Peppermint but with Linux the world’s your oyster

Good luck

Graeme

Yeah, try a few distro’s … then install Peppermint :wink:

I am also very happy with Peppermint 4 on my ageing Laptop, though I do have Ubuntu 12.04 on my desktop. I am sure that you will be pleased with Peppermint, it is very quick.

Degsy

I would second Peppermint but with Linux the world's your oyster

True! I would never go back to Microsoft now. Hello Theozoon- I managed to install Peppermint on my brother’s old laptop with this group’s help and I have Mint on a second hand Dell netbook ( it came with Ubuntu) I got from cash converters. It is not as hard to use as people think- from day one I managed to create files, do web searches and I even used the package manager. When I discovered my local LUG group and this forum I have learnt even more about how to use Linux and still am learning. Linux can do all what Microsoft does and then some!

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I didn’t think there were any in the UK?

Edit: Lol, that’ll teach me to Google before posting :-[

When google won’t google, how would you google why google won’t google ?

There are plenty of LUG groups! ;D

Been at Mavis’s tea have we Mark? ;D

:slight_smile:

I’ve tried booting from the 64 whatits disc, and the computer froze when I told Peppermint to install:
I tried using the 32 whatsits, and it refused to boot at all.

Have you got the bios set so that the cd boots first? If not switch off and when the flash screen starts press f2 or f8 or whatever is (usually) at the bottom of the screen. For example it might read ‘press f8 for bios’ or 'press f2 for boot options.

If your computer is old then it’s likely to be 32bit.

How did you create your boot disk?
What are the details of your computer?
Are you installing Peppermint 4?

This information will help us to help you. :slight_smile:

Does the 64bit version boot to a desktop if you select “Try Peppermint” ?

Have you got the bios set so that the cd boots first? If not switch off and when the flash screen starts press f2 or f8 or whatever is (usually) at the bottom of the screen. For example it might read ‘press f8 for bios’ or 'press f2 for boot options.

If your computer is old then it’s likely to be 32bit.

How did you create your boot disk?
What are the details of your computer?
Are you installing Peppermint 4?

This information will help us to help you.

« Last Edit: October 23, 2013, 03:44:33 pm by Toonman »

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Yes, I got the computer to try to boot up from the CD.
I created the disc from the downloads - 32 and 64 - from the site recommended on this page, Distro… .
The computer is a Dell laptop, Inspiron 1300.
Yes, it’s Peppermint 4 I’m trying to put in (I think).

Does the 64bit version boot to a desktop if you select “Try Peppermint” instead of “Install Peppermint” ?

No, if I select “Try Peppermint” with the 64 bit version it just freezes, like when I tried to install it.

I’ve got the 32 bit version to do something now, but all it does is show a sequence of error messages: EDD:… bbOO …

EDD (Enhanced Disk Drive) errors suggest it’s an INT 13H issue (or possibly a failing CD drive)

Can this PC boot from a USB stick ?

If so, try creating a LiveUSB stick instead of a LiveCD.


Or is there any BIOS settings to do with INT 13H