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Downloading, checking, burning, installing software

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#1 RbtCmpt


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:41 PM

I downloaded Linux Mint. I see a linuxmint-18-mate-32bit file in my Download folder. The user guide says to check it with sha256sum, which I also downloaded. I have no idea how to do this, and what the use guide mentions doesn't seem to  jive with what I have.

Now, when I look at This PC in Windows 10 the (D:) DVD Drive shows Linux Mint 18 MA 0 bytes free of 1.54 Gb CDFS. No idea how that happened either.

I currently have an audio cd in the (same) DVD drive. which shows up in This PC as another icon (E:) Audio CD.


Any clues how to do any of this?

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 07:16 PM

I use a utilitity called Bitser for this, you can download it from www.bitser.org, and it is very easy to use for checking hash sums in the Windows environment


Download and install Bitser. Copy and paste the checksum you got with the ISO into any text editor, anything from Notepad to Word, then RIGHT click on the ISO file in File Explorer and in the pop-up menu you should see 'Bitser'. Click on this and another little menu pops up, scroll down to the entry 'Checksum', click on this and select the type you want to check. After a moment or two a checksum will appear, copy this and paste it into the same text editor under the first one. You can then easily do a visual check to ensure that the two are identical.


If the disc you have the ISO on is 'closed' then it will show 0 free space. Windows assigns drive letters not quite at random - the OS is always on 'C' - but if you had a USB drive of any sort in this might have pushed your DVD drive down to 'E' from 'D'.


Just a note. If this DVD has the Mint ISO on it you will not be able to use it to install, the ISO needs to be 'unpacked' in some sense before you can use it as an installer. Everybody tells me you can do this directly from file Explorer but I have never managed it !  I was advised to try a very simple utitlity called BurnCDCC from www.terabyteunlimited.com. All this product does is take an ISO file and turn it into an installable disc and as it is just an .EXE file, you don't even install it.


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 08:23 PM

On Windows I've used HashTab for quite some time. It adds a hashes tab to your Properties box from the right click context menu. Really simple.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 08:56 PM

I think it's best to start with your computer Specs.  First off, I would not install 32bit if you are running a 64bit system.  Then, if you are going to download another iso, you could just use the Firefox Extension "Down Them All".  Down Them All will Verify the Checksum, stop a bad download and wait for the connection to re-establish itself, and then continue, among many other things.  You just add it to the Firefox Browser, no downloads and nothing installed.  If you take that path we can show you how to use it.


"sha256sum" which checksum do you have? here is the one for that iso:



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Posted 18 November 2016 - 10:26 PM

@Chris Cosgrove - Bitser is very strong in encryption... it is amazing.


@RbtCmpt - Explorer++ might give more details... or for an even more intense inspection use MultiCommander. They're like file explorers "on steroids."

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