Installing linux for dummies

August 26, 2011 at 16:25:25
Specs: Windows ME

Here is what I've been struggling with for the past two days... I picked up an old, infected Compaq DeskPro EN with Windows ME. I want Ubuntu. I made a CD with a single Ubuntu.iso file and tried to boot the computer from the CD-ROM. it didn't work. I'm guessing It's because I couldn't find anything calling itself BIOS. the closest thing I've found to BIOS is "Compaq Computer Corporation Setup Utility" when I hit f10. I pulled down the storage folder, went to boot order, and put "IDE CD-ROM Drive" first. I don't think that helps. I then tried to make a bootdisk with a 3.5, but I know nothing about c prompt, so i was no help to myself when trying to load the cd-rom from DOS. if anyone can help me get this thing working, they would be my new favorite person!

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#1
August 26, 2011 at 16:51:27
"I made a CD with a single Ubuntu.iso file..."

I gather then that you know how to extract the image from an .iso file. That being said, you may also have a "bum" .iso file as well.

Start with something simple and small (such as the 50MB DamnSmallLinux distribution) as a "Live" distro and see if the CD on the Compaq will boot and run with that. If so, then you've eliminated both any boot-order/BIOS issue and CD-Rom drive issue as well. Plus, you'll get something that will give you a "taste" of Linux to see if you're willing to commit.

http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/damnsm...

"I'm guessing It's because I couldn't find anything calling itself BIOS. the closest thing I've found to BIOS is "Compaq Computer Corporation Setup Utility"

Every machine has some sort of BIOS, and likely the setup utility you found is it.


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August 26, 2011 at 19:16:22
It is going to have a good amount of ram to run ubuntu. So T-R-A is suggesting that you select a special linux made for older hardware. We may need to know the ram also. Most of the new linux needs 256M or more to run the most minimum. Puppy linux, DSL and Slitaz are made for low ram and older stuff.

T-R-A may be right that you need to use a program to burn the image and not copy the file to the cd. See portableapps.com for a program to do that if your burning app can't do it correctly.

Older drives also don't like burned CD's. It may be that you have to try a different type of CD that works in your drive.

If you have access to a newer system then start by playing with this site. It takes a while to load into your browser. http://jpc.sourceforge.net/dsl.html

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#3
August 26, 2011 at 21:48:37
If you simply copied the ISO file to a disc, that's your problem. You need to use a program such as ImgBurn:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...


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