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My Zorin Adventures....


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#1 Rickkins

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 09:53 AM

Ok, to recap and fill in some blanks.

 

Installed first on my son's computer, which had been in need of a fresh format & re-install of his windows 7. My plan was to put it on there so I could check it out at my leisure. (he actually lives at his mother's, a few k away.) However, he was off work that day and hanging around here, and few of his games worked, so off it went.

 

His setup: fx-8150 on a gigabyte 890gx chipset mb. 8GB ddr3 ram, and freshly formatted 500G WD Black hd.

 

Installed fine, no issues and seemed to run fine, what little I saw of it.

 

So, onto mine.

Fx-8350, gigabyte 990fx chipset board, 16GB ddr3 ram.

I put a 200GB partition on my 2TB WD Black hd. Used Mini Tool Partition wizard

 

Tried to install from dvd-rom, to no avail. Running win10 preview as my main os...

 

And here we are....

 

Thanks.

 

I should perhaps point out, that I have no particular reason for installing Zorin, other than I'm bored and I just wanted to check it out.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 03:28 PM

 

that I have no particular reason for installing Zorin, other than I'm bored and I just wanted to check it out.

Hey that's a good enough reason.

 

 

Running win10 preview as my main os...

Windows 10 is not ready to be used as a main OS.

 

 

Have a read of this. 19 ways to install Linux.

http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2014/11/x-linux-installation-guides.html


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 03:57 PM

Can you describe the exact steps you took when you tried to install Zorin? You need to create another small partition for the Linux swap file-about 4 gigs is plenty- then proceed to the install- Boot the Zorin DVD and let it install "LIVE". That is the testing mode to see if you like it- then on the upper left side there is an icon that says Install Zorin- it will ask you if you want to install Zorin alongside your operating system.Do not Choose that option- you want to select "Try something else" and we can proceed from there---



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 04:02 PM

 

You need to create another small partition for the Linux swap file-about 4 gigs is plenty

 

IMO with 16GB ddr3 ram, A swap partition is a waste of Hard Drive space.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 04:44 PM

 

 

Tried to install from dvd-rom, to no avail.

 Can you expand on that...any info dialogs pop up to say why ??



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 04:52 PM

 

 

You need to create another small partition for the Linux swap file-about 4 gigs is plenty

 

IMO with 16GB ddr3 ram, A swap partition is a waste of Hard Drive space.

 

NickAU is probably right on this.I didn't realize you had 16 gigs of RAM-I am currently running my Zorin/Mint machine with no swap file and I have 12 gigs of  memory.No problems at all!



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 04:58 PM

 

 

 

Tried to install from dvd-rom, to no avail.

 Can you expand on that...any info dialogs pop up to say why ??

 

I am not sure I understand your question Shadow- there are a series of dialogue boxes that show up when you install- I.E. what partition to use-where to put the bootfile-mounting the partition with "\". what filesystem to use- and the swap file which you may or may not need depending on your computer-



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 05:26 PM

what I mean is what did it do when trying to Install......did it finish its install process then not boot, or did it give error messages during the installation or on attempted boot.....or maybe you have installed it and it hasnt been recognised by Windows on the boot option...

 

You need to check your partitions to see if it is in fact installed to them  



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:34 PM

what I mean is what did it do when trying to Install......did it finish its install process then not boot, or did it give error messages during the installation or on attempted boot.....or maybe you have installed it and it hasnt been recognised by Windows on the boot option...

 

You need to check your partitions to see if it is in fact installed to them  

i see what you mean Shadow- I guess that's why we are all asking for a step by step description of how he installed it- that's probably the only way we will be able to help- I have just learned recently how to do this,and had to ask a lot of questions to finally get it right. The main problem with people like me who are only used to using Windows,is that we don't know the acronyms and the technical lingo.It's quite alien to a newbie in linux-



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:06 PM

Rather than speculating how about we wait till the OP actually replies.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:21 PM

Rather than speculating how about we wait till the OP actually replies.

Good Idea!!



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 02:37 AM

Rather than speculating how about we wait till the OP actually replies.

 

True BUT ...I always have a but, lol, don't I, Nick?

 

Rick, screenshots, if you can get them, are HUGELY helpful to us.

 

You can read this excellent Post by Moderator Stolen here

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/536686/how-do-i-post-a-screen-shot/?hl=%2Bimgur+%2Btinypic+%2Bphotobucket#entry3386653

 

or use NickAu's Pinned Topic at the frontpage to Linux & Unix

 

From NickAu

 

 

Windows 10 is not ready to be used as a main OS.

 

... was why my question/reference at the Zorin Topic.

 

Windows 7 had a great Snipping Tool, for screenshots, but I am not up-to-date since.

 

However you take a screenshot (& there is always PrtScrn function key, but it will capture the whole desktop, unless you have a window filling the screen), you should save it as a .png, rather than a .jpg/.jpeg

 

Under Zorin, you can use Screenshot, available under Menu-Accessories. Or add Shutter, available within the Software Manager, or Synaptic Package Manager, from Zorin's (Ubuntu-based) Repository. Once you find which one you like, when it is open, it will appear as an icon on the AWN (Avant Window Navigator), which is at the bottom of your screen. Same as a TaskBar/QuickLauncher under Windows, and known as a Panel under Linux Mint, a Shelf or Dock elsewhere, and the Unity Launcher (to the left of a) - Ubuntu distro desktop.

 

Right-click the icon and choose Pin - you may use it often!

 

Good luck

 

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 05:26 PM

Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. Spent much of yesterday repairing my windows install. I backup important stuff, so it's all good.(yes yes, I know)

 

Gonna give the whole Zorin thing another shot on Monday.

 

Thanks again.



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Posted 14 March 2015 - 03:56 AM

Rickkins, glad to see you back and to hear you're hanging in there! :thumbup2:

 

We're here for you when you need us. Take as much time as you need to get going.  :)

 

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 11:55 AM

Hi guys...!!

 

Taking another run at it.

Bought the "ultimate" version(9)

Installed EasyBCD, set up for dual boot, chose "grub 2"

The setup disk runs, I get to the welcome page, can't choose an option because there is no mouse or keyboard... neither work.

Thoughts...??

 

Thanks.






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