Gave up my attempts to dual boot Linux and Win 7 on my laptop. Too frustrating.
As I mentioned in an earlier thread ages ago, I have dusted off an old desktop, with Win Vista Home Premium on it. I have done a factory re-install so it's back to as new condition. Have done nothing else to it.
I intend to do a full installation of Linux Mint 17.2 on it so that it fully and only Linux. Don't care if I completely lose Windows - no problem - the machine was in mothballs anyway, and in any case, I have the manufacturers installation disks if I ever need them - though that is NOT the plan. The plan is run Linux on it ONLY.
Should be easy.
I have the Linux Mint 17.2 ISO which I can put on a USB make it available during installation, and I have my Linux USB, which I have been using to run Linux on my lappie to date.
Now, I assume the procedure is the same - first get into the BIOS, order it to run off USB first, then go from there. No proble.
Problem is, I can't find the BIOS during the Vista start up. Hitting F2 takes me to 'Windows Boot Manager' but the only thing that appears there and is highlightable, is Microsoft Windows Vista - no other options, no sign of the Linux USB already plugged in, no way to re-order the booting sequence, no other option, other than 'Memory Diagnostic' which is irrelavent.
So, simple question. How do I get the thing to go and boot off the Linux USB please ?
And I assume once I've done that, I can just use the installation program on the USB once Linux is loaded, to fully install OVER Vista.