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Mint 8 won't boot from live cd


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#1 Doug E Fresh

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 07:30 PM

I wanted to try Linux, so I figured I'd give the live CD a try.

I changed the bios to boot from the CD first, but it doesn't.

It's set to boot from onboard or USB CD-ROM drive.

Selected boot device not available. Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility.

Any suggestions? I downloaded it on my Mac, and burned the CD on the Mac as well. Should this matter? It is indeed an ISO file.

I forgot to mention that I'm trying to boot it on my PC.

Edited by Doug E Fresh, 01 February 2010 - 07:43 PM.


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Posted 01 February 2010 - 07:56 PM

did you make sure to burn it properly? not just copy it onto a disc.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?sto...060619181010389

use that to help you.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 09:56 PM

Yeah, that was the problem. I didn't copy and paste, but it seems to have been burned wrong anyway. It's booting up now. Thanks.

Edited by Doug E Fresh, 01 February 2010 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:13 PM

Now what do I do? Install drivers and stuff? Does iTunes work, or is there an alternative that will sync with my iPod?

I'm not sure what else to do with this. Do PC games run in Linux?

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:26 PM

Two more questions. If I was going to dual boot, could I install the Mint x64 version even though Vista is 32bit? My computer is 64-bit capable.

Is there some kind of replacement for Logitech Setpoint? I downloaded the MacOS version, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything.

I don't know what I'm doing.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:33 PM

Now what do I do? Install drivers and stuff?

From what I understand, most of the basic drivers are embedded in the kernel. The only main things you should look out for is wifi, some graphics cards, and older hardware.

Do PC games run in Linux?

Some have official ports, others have to be "Wine'd," and the rest don't.
This site may interest you: http://appdb.winehq.org/

Does iTunes work, or is there an alternative that will sync with my iPod?

http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/07/08/10-al...ging-your-ipod/

If I was going to dual boot, could I install the Mint x64 version even though Vista is 32bit? My computer is 64-bit capable.

Yes.

Is there some kind of replacement for Logitech Setpoint?

I can't seem to find any alternative for Setpoint, sorry.

Edited by MadDawg, 01 February 2010 - 11:34 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 09:37 AM

Cool, thank you. That's helpful.

It seems the display driver installed OK yesterday. I'm defragging now to setup a dual boot. I figure I can always just ditch it if I don't like it.

I have 100GB free on my hard drive. How much do you think I should partition for Mint?

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:54 AM

20 - 40GB should suffice. I, personally, would go up to 60 - 80GB.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:40 AM

OK, awesome. 60GB sounds good for now. I was thinking I would do 100GB, but that would leave the Windows side with no disc space. I'm actually having trouble figuring out what is taking up all the space in my hard drive. 300GB drive with 100GB being music, games, photos, and work documents. I just don't get it. There's about 100GB of space unaccounted for. I wish there was some sort of program that could help me sort this out. View all files in size order. I don't know.

Anyway, thanks for your help. I'm going to install this now, and possibly be asking more questions. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:07 PM

OK, I'm stuck already. Should I do install them side by side, or specify partitions manually? The only walkthrough I've found is for Ubuntu.

It seems that if I choose install them side by side I'm given a slider that lets me choose 60GB for the Mint install. This seems like the logical choice.

But, that link says to make sure to choose specify partitions manually at which point I'm taken to a screen with my three existing partitions.
/dev/sda1 fat16 57MB
/dev/sda2 ntfs 10737MB
/dev/sda3 ntfs 309276MB
I'm given the option to change, delete or revert. Clearly I'll be trying to partition the larger one, but is this the way? If I hit change on sda3 I can specify a 169292MB partition, but then do I still choose Ext3 journaling file system? Isn't that name taken already. Should I do ext4 journaling file system? Confusing... Is mount point "/" still correct?

Is it possible that's just an older tutorial, or is Mint just setup differently?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm going to hold off doing anything for now. This is the first time I've done anything like this and I really don't want to screw it up.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:19 PM

I just realized, this isn't the 64-bit version. I just read that Linux Mint x64 isn't as stable as the 32-bit version. Is there a more stable 64bit option that's similar, or should I just stick to 32bit? How about Ubuntu 64?

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:46 PM

I just realized, this isn't the 64-bit version. I just read that Linux Mint x64 isn't as stable as the 32-bit version. Is there a more stable 64bit option that's similar, or should I just stick to 32bit? How about Ubuntu 64?


According to this: http://www.tuxradar.com/content/ubuntu-904...-bit-benchmarks, Ubuntu x64 is just as stable as Ubuntu x86.

You may want to still hold off on your partitions until I get out of school to provide more help.
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 01:20 PM

Sounds good. Thanks for you help.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:00 PM

Okay, Ubuntu comes with GParted, which is something I'm more familiar with. With this app, right-clicking in the partition you want to edit will give you a more understandable/comfortable menu (IMO). You will have a Resize/Move option in the menu, which will give you a slider as well as input fields if you want specify exact partition sizes.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 04:50 PM

I'm looking for Ubuntu 64-bit now. There's so many different versions, I don't know which to get. One of them says AMD64. I have an Intel chip, though.

It looks like 9.10 is the latest, but I don't see a 64bit option. So confusing...




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