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Would Linux be good for me?


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#1 nick2222

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:29 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 4700 desktop right now. Somehow I deleted my windows xp home off the computer. I really dont wanna have to buy a new OS and was wondering if Linux would be good for me. All I use my computer for is to surf the internet and play a few games on. Im dumb when it comes to this kind of stuff and all I know is linux is free.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:08 PM

Why not -- your machine can handle the likes of Vector Linux 7.0 - specifically VL7.0-Light.iso - with aplomb! 

 

Only question I have is -- How much PC2-3200 RAM is in your desktop, now?  512MB is minimal and your motherboard is good for 4GB.  Max out the RAM and run just about anything you may want as far as Linux distros go!  Only trouble may be the kernel, depending on your CPU's capabilities. 

 

Do not try to run Virtual or 3-D and you should be okay, IMHO.

 

VL7.0 is stable, simple, and has what you seem to want without having to install many extras.

 

Someone will likely say, "ubuntu," but I don't think it's the best choice in your case.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:21 PM

Thanks for your reply. Im so new to this kind of stuff but would all I have to do is downloand that OS to a disc on my good computer and stick the disc into my other computer that has no OS and follow the instructions?



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:36 AM

You need to download the operating system as an .iso file and burn (not copy) that to CD/DVD. Set target machine to boot from CD/DVD - may need to change BIOS settings.

Back up all important docs, pics, vids etc etc to external media before you start as the install will wipe you hard drive.

 

A good idea to Google for install instructions and print a copy to follow  ... just in case!



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:23 AM

Be sure to burn the disk correctly. That is one if not the most common error...incorrect burning. Slow and burn..not copy.

All of the major Linux distros allow you to run them as LIVE. They will run using only the computer's memory and not

write anything to the HDD. Running live first will help you determine if you and your computer are compatible with the distro

you choose.

 

You can also use Linux to recover any files you may still have on your computer. Even though you can't boot into XP.

Here is a link to a video describing the process: ‪072 07 - Using The Ubuntu Live CD to Recover Files From an Un-Bootable Computer‬‏ - YouTube

 

Surely you must have some idea as to why XP is no longer bootable. If not, you may have hardware issues that need to 

be addressed.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:51 PM

You might also want to take a look at Linux Mint. It's what I mostly recommend to those who are shifting to Linux from Windows.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

Thanks for your reply. Im so new to this kind of stuff but would all I have to do is downloand that OS to a disc on my good computer and stick the disc into my other computer that has no OS and follow the instructions?

Optionally, one may purchase a CD or DVD containing a burnt ISO of the OS chosen from a reputable vendor.  I do not know your residence, but if in North America, I personally have nothing  but good things to say abou OSDisc, out of Denver area. See his advertisement on a side panel at distrowatch, with which a familiarity would not hurt, in your situation.


Edited by pane-free, 20 April 2013 - 09:05 PM.

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