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#1 DanieI

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 07:46 PM

Hello.

 

I'd like to dual boot Linux Mint Cinammon (x64) with Windows 7 Professional (x64). 

Here are my system specs.

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/WuS1o43LKfvDf2intFEiyzX

Can anyone help me?



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Posted 17 May 2016 - 08:14 PM

Hi welcome to the Linux section of BC.

 

 

I'd like to dual boot Linux Mint Cinammon (x64) with Windows 7 Professional (x64).

This guide should have everything you need,

How to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 7

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 08:25 PM

 

Hi welcome to the Linux section of BC.

 

 

I'd like to dual boot Linux Mint Cinammon (x64) with Windows 7 Professional (x64).

This guide should have everything you need,

How to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 7

 

If I install the ".iso" file of my preferred Linux distribution and move it to a USB Drive, am I done? All I have to do is shut down the computer, put the USB drive in, and then power it up, and Grub2 will load up????



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Posted 17 May 2016 - 10:45 PM

Do you have a backup image of your drive yet?

 

Or at least a Recovery Disk Set to reinstall Windows 7 if needed, along with all personal files saved to another drive or USB?

 

This can be a bit complicated if you have multiple Windows 7 partitions already, and you could loose it all.  This is why NickAu has suggested that link.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:34 AM

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:43 AM

 

If I install the ".iso" file of my preferred Linux distribution and move it to a USB Drive, am I done?

Technically that could work, You would have to install grub on the hard drive and then Linux on the USB, then when you boot the PC if Linux usb is not plugged in it would boot Windows but I don't see the point, Dual boot with both Operating systems on hard drive will achieve the same thing.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 10:14 AM

Are you planning to ever use Windows 10 on this pc? Because if you upgrade you'll overwrite grub again and you'll have to follow these instructions again. If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 10 do it now.

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 12:17 PM

I would use this tool to create the LinuxLiveUSB.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

 

Then boot from that USB and wait for Linux to start, Double Click on Install Icon at Desktop.  Take a look at this link, if you need help just ask.  There are many ways to do this so let's find the one you are comfortable with.  Luckily you don't have to many Partitions, so it should be pretty straight forward.  Choosing the best OS for you will be the most important imo.  

 

I think you should create the LiveMedium with the above link and just run an OS to see how you like it.  It won't run super fast etc. but it will give you an idea of what you are getting into.  Comes with free word processor, screenshot and more. 

 

I will suggest two, the first will be "Linux Mint Cinnamon" which would be my first choice.  This one you will have to select a "Mirror" that is close to you for the download, scroll down to see the full list.

https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=172

 

Second choice would be Ubuntu, and not the newest one.  This one is good  til Apr of 2019.  This is a direct link, so if you click on it and don't want it just select "Cancel"

http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.04.4/ubuntu-14.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso

 

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:59 PM

I agree with Captain Chicken, If you are planing to upgrade to Windows 10 do the upgrade first.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 01:12 AM

Indeed, and when you are readfy we can point you in the right direction.

Though I wont use linux mint, Ubuntu Mate 16.04 is far superior.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 02:40 PM

Okay guys.

I'm not installing Windows 10 any time soon, I'm sticking with Windows 7 Professional.

I have a DVD with (Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop amd64) burnt on it

I used a program called CDBurnerXP to burn the ISO file.

 

I edited by BIOS settings to boot from ATARI CD/DVD Player, and it booted up the grub interface for Ubuntu 1st timers.

It asked me whether I want to try Ubuntu or install it.

 

I clicked "Try Ubuntu Without Installing" and my monitor blanked out, so I shut off my PC from the power button on the desktop itself, booted it up, pressed F10, switched BIOS settings back, and nothing bad happened to Win7 (thank god).

 

I'm not backing up anything by the way, I'm not going to waste my time.

 

Should I switch my BIOS Boot Order back to DVD and try "Try Ubuntu w/o Installing" again?

 

I don't want to do "Install Ubuntu" because then if my monitor blanks out and I press "enter" or something it might start installing Ubuntu and it can wipe my hard drive. I have an unallocated 75 GB partition set up in Windows 7. (I shrunk my C: drive by 75,000 MB)

 

Any ideas? Should I just try it again, or wait for my dad to come home? He manages 200 linux servers, so he has quite some experience...



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 02:48 PM

Perhaps its a bad burn, there are bvetter tools for burning DVD's in windows anyway:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/burn-a-dvd-on-windows


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 03:03 PM

Perhaps its a bad burn, there are bvetter tools for burning DVD's in windows anyway:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/burn-a-dvd-on-windows

Nope, I looked it up and other people had the same issue. They use CDBurnerXP in my school for movies and stuff so it's good.

 

I installed a Linux Mint 17.3 ISO file and I will try to boot from it when my dad comes home.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 03:07 PM

Hrm perhaps it is your AMD then, right now AMD is a mess in linux.

That is more AMD's fault, they kind of dropped the ball.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 03:08 PM

Umm, wait for your father lol.  You may want to read this

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/612356/why-amd-gpu-users-may-want-to-avoid-ubuntu-1604-derivatives/#entry3988059

 

And is why I suggested the link in my other post.  That may not be the problem but won't hurt to burn one and and take it for a test drive again.  Use a different burner, W7 has a built in one.

http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.04.4/ubuntu-14.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso

 

 

I installed a Linux Mint 17.3 ISO file and I will try to boot from it when my dad comes home.

What do you mean "Installed"...burned to Disk?

 

With AMD I would try Linux Mint 17.1 as there are sometimes issues doing this with 17.3.  Some have success then Upgrading from there to 17.3

 

I think you will love Linux when you get some help to install.  Tell us how you do!


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