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ubuntu: Linux for humans

Postby iJohnE » Fri 01 Feb, 2008 6:18 pm

I've decided to try linux on my old Dell which has been horribly corrupted. (Windows 2000 Pro. Was re-installed for no reason 3 times) I am curious though as to how to go about doing this?

Any help is welcome.

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Postby Don_HH2K » Sat 02 Feb, 2008 6:36 am

Linux installers are dead simple nowadays. Go download an ISO image of a Ubuntu installer CD (from here) and burn it , then just boot the computer with the disc in the CD drive and follow the given instructions.
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Postby iJohnE » Sat 02 Feb, 2008 5:02 pm

I decided to use Mandrvivia instead.

Because when I went to install Ubuntu; it look as if it was installing then took me to a command log and froze.
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Postby Edward » Wed 13 Feb, 2008 8:57 pm

I ran Edubuntu on my legacy Pentium system as a live CD to see how it would run, as they have designed it to run on older systems. I do not know what happened, but the first time I ran it from the CD, it brought up a login prompt!

Since I obviously did not have login information (it should have brought up the desktop automatically), I couldn't do anything with it...

The second time I tried it (a few weeks later), the desktop came up as expected.
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Postby iJohnE » Sun 17 Feb, 2008 3:31 pm

Well, I cannot seem to get any OS to install. It'll install (I replaced the hard-drive) but it will not boot (talking about windows). Then when I try to install ubuntu or Mandriva it brings up a bunch of what looks like MS-DOS coding. So, I'll just have to wait until I can get a new computer.
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Postby Edward » Mon 18 Feb, 2008 10:33 am

iJohnE wrote:Well, I cannot seem to get any OS to install. It'll install (I replaced the hard-drive) but it will not boot (talking about windows). Then when I try to install ubuntu or Mandriva it brings up a bunch of what looks like MS-DOS coding. So, I'll just have to wait until I can get a new computer.


I would say you have a bad hard drive, if neither OS will boot up on it.
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Postby PaulD » Tue 19 Feb, 2008 3:50 pm

Two random thoughts:
- BIOS - any settings that don't match the new drive?
- Any chance the Master Boot Record is bollixed up?
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