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What is the easiest and quickest way to try Linux Mint


Graphicool1
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WinXP SP3

As the title says, what is the easiest and quickest way to view/try Mint and make the move if I like it.

Reasons:

My eleven year old PC MoBo went belly up a month ago. So I decided it was time to move onward and upward. I built a new PC (online) and now I'm awaiting delivery. In the meantime I needed to be able to connect to the Net, for emails etc. A friend was chucking out an extremely old Gateway PC, the max ram it can take is 512mb. It's megga slow, still, I thought that would do for the interim.

I installed WinXP from my other PC's disk, knowing I would have 30 days before it would need to be 'Activated'! I thought that would give plenty of time for the new PC to arrive. At the time the PC builders said it would take 14 working days. However. I hadn't taken into consideration two, four day weekends.

Now my back is against the wall, with NO new PC on the horizon. I have 5 days left to activate WinXP!

Do you think that when I click to activate it, they will think well, it isn't the same machine, but he hasn't upgraded, he's downgraded? We'll let him activate?

Anyway, my solution, till the other PC arrives is to give Linux Mint a try.

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bremner

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md5 is just a hashing tool. [MD5][1]

I cannot see why it would have any impact on a successful installation

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bremner

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Link not successful. Try again Click Here

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Graphicool1

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No, whatever I type at the command prompt I get the same response...

"is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"?????????????

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LastChip

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md5sum is a hash file checker.

All it does it check your CD once burned, complies with the original compilation and has not been corrupted.

It makes no difference whether you initiate an md5sum check or not, other than if the CD were corrupted.

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Graphicool1

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I'm glad this is the fastest and easiest way to go, 'cause I dread to think what the slwest and hardest way would be like!

From Bremner's link I downloaded the 'Open command window Here' tool. As instructed I clicked on the file that contains the downloaded 'Mint'. clicked 'Open command window Here', it did, I typed...

md5sum linuxmint-9-gnome-cd-i386

Which is the name of the file and the response was/is 'No such file'!?

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woodchip

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As LastChip If you had created a Live CD from the List I posted you would not had the problems you have had, It simply loads from CD to Memory and runs from that, no dual boot file loaded nothing loaded to your hard drive at all. And only works when you start with the CD in the drive

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Graphicool1

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woodchip

I've downloaded 'UBUNTU' from LastChip's link and am about to put it on a CD.

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Graphicool1

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Been there, done that.

If after I've looked at UBUNTU from the CD, I decide to install it on my PC. Will it be a clean install. In other words will I lose all my stuff? What I mean by that is, I have programs that need drivers etc from various Service Packs. So even if Windows isn't there, will the programs that need to, still be able to access the '.NET framework' etc?

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rawprawn

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Graphicool1, I know that like myself you like to try different things (Tinker) However I feel Ubuntu may not be for you. I tried it and gave up. I don't mean to deter you, but perhaps ask yourself Why? am I doing this.

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LastChip

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OK, let's try and make some sense of all this.

The way to maintain your data (which should be backed up anyway), is to use a live CD/DVD.

In my opinion, Ubuntu is not a good place to start, and none more so than the recent release. That release for all sorts of reasons is full of bugs. On some computers it will work with no problems, on others it won't even boot. You are not going to get a good impression in that scenario.

Your original choice of Linux Mint (in my view) was good. However, I'm not sure what you've downloaded and burned to CD/DVD. One of the options should have been; try Mint without making any changes to my computer. That is the Live CD/DVD. In other words, it runs directly from the CD/DVD, albeit at a slower speed than a full installation.

Potential problems.

What sort of computer specification are we dealing with?

Is there sufficient memory? You said the maximum it can take is 512MB, but has it got that?

What is the processor speed?

Does it have a CD drive, or a DVD drive? Is the drive working properly?

Some CD drives simply refuse to recognise a certain manufacturer of disks. Sometimes a simple change of disk manufacturer solves disk recognition problems.

The point is, you need to approach this in a disciplined manner to determine where the problem lays. In other words, try one thing at a time and rule that out. Only by following such a path, will we get to the bottom of what is causing your grief.

DippyGirl's suggestion of Puppy Linux could be an answer for you if your computer is really low powered. It runs remarkably well on very low system requirements. It is also an easy system (like Mint) for new users to get to grips with. In fact, I've run puppy in the past from a 2GB CF card!

You have many very good options, but at the risk of repeating myself, you need a systematic approach to implement one.

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