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Any Linux distro that can run on my useless computer ?


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#1 inkoalawetrust

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 01:57 AM

So sometime ago i wanted to install ubuntu but i was told to have use a linux mint live usb because it would damage if i installed them both so i wonder if theres any distro that can run alongside windows on my computer or if my computer is that bad and the fact it cant run anything interesting isnt enough.

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 02:36 AM

The information that you got in the other thread still stands, I would suggest Puppy Linux on USB stick.

 

 Get puppy.

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 02:38 AM

The information that you got in the other thread still stands, I would suggest Puppy Linux on USB stick.

 

 Get puppy.

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

I meant that i can install on the hard drive i already have a linux mint live USB.


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 02:44 AM

You can install Ubuntu, Linux Mint or any other full distro they will all run on that machine, Just remember there is always a chance that you could damage your Windows install so creating backups is a good idea.



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 02:52 AM

You can install Ubuntu, Linux Mint or any other full distro they will all run on that machine, Just remember there is always a chance that you could damage your Windows install so creating backups is a good idea.

Backups of what Windows or/and my files ?And if windows breaks will the distro get corrupted too and if yes in which cases?


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 06:29 AM

You can install Puppy to your hard drive, in exactly the same way that you would install it to a flash drive. I run 8 'Pups' on my 12-yr old Compaq (which is considerably older than your own machine!), and a further two on an even more ancient, 14-yr Dell laptop (from an IDE/PATA SSD).

 

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 06:30 AM

You can install Puppy to your hard drive, in exactly the same way that you would install it to a flash drive. I run 8 'Pups' on my 12-yr old Compaq (which is considerably older than your own machine!), and a further two on an even more ancient, 14-yr Dell laptop (from an IDE/PATA SSD).

 

 

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Yea but will it break windows and how do i do it ?


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:45 AM

Well, now.

 

First, we really need to see what your partition set-up is at present. If you have the Linux Mint LiveCD, boot from that, locate gParted (usually somewhere in either 'System' or 'Utilities....I haven't used Mint for ages!), run gParted, and post a screenshot of what your main drive looks like. Are you comfortable with doing screenshots? I forget how it works in Mint; somebody else will probably be able to help with this.

 

Or, if you know how, use the Disk partitioning tools in Windows, and post a screenshot from that.

 

Basically, you need to shrink your main Windows partition a bit; create a new, small partition for Puppy.....then install Puppy to it. It's that simple. You will want to use the 'frugal' install option for Pup; if you choose the 'full' option, you immediately lose many of Puppy's advantages. Then you need to arrange things so that you can choose which OS to boot from. Personally, I would use the Grub4DOS bootloader config tool built-in to Puppy; it will create a boot menu that includes Puppy & Windows, and lets you choose.

 

And no; it won't break Windows. If that were the case, how come so many folks 'dual-boot', hmm..?

 

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:49 AM

Well, now.

 

First, we really need to see what your partition set-up is at present. If you have the Linux Mint LiveCD, boot from that, locate gParted (usually somewhere in either 'System' or 'Utilities....I haven't used Mint for ages!), run gParted, and post a screenshot of what your main drive looks like. Are you comfortable with doing screenshots? I forget how it works in Mint; somebody else will probably be able to help with this.

 

Basically, you need to shrink your main Windows partition a bit; create a new, small partition for Puppy.....then install Puppy to it. It's that simple. You will want to use the 'frugal' install option for Pup; if you choose the 'full' option, you immediately lose many of Puppy's advantages. Then you need to arrange things so that you can choose which OS to boot from. Personally, I would use the Grub4DOS bootloader config tool built-in to Puppy; it will create a boot menu that includes Puppy & Windows, and lets you choose.

 

 

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can i do it through windows instead ?


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:56 AM

Re-read my last post; I must have been editing it while you replied.

 

Sorry about that.

 

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 08:13 AM

Re-read my last post; I must have been editing it while you replied.

 

Sorry about that.

 

 

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 11:08 AM

No never shrink your partition in windows, if you want a broken system that will do it for sure.

This is why linux uses external partition manager.

 

Why not reformat your C drive while you are at it if you really want to cause some damage :D


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 11:32 AM

I think you should consider getting a bigger Drive, or at least a Backup Drive, but for now the suggestion to use puppy will be the best.  This is because you only have: 33,1 GB (45%) of Free Space on your current Drive, this is really not enough space to install another Operating System.  You could do it but you won't be leaving Windows 7 much space to work with, especially if you download more stuff.  Puppy can be run off a USB/DVD, and a Save File can be stored on Windows 7, or Back to the USB/DVD.  Maybe there is some stuff you can Delete on Windows 7, like Large files you don't need, then Defrag it.


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 11:47 AM

I think you should consider getting a bigger Drive, or at least a Backup Drive, but for now the suggestion to use puppy will be the best.  This is because you only have: 33,1 GB (45%) of Free Space on your current Drive, this is really not enough space to install another Operating System.  You could do it but you won't be leaving Windows 7 much space to work with, especially if you download more stuff.  Puppy can be run off a USB/DVD, and a Save File can be stored on Windows 7, or Back to the USB/DVD.  Maybe there is some stuff you can Delete on Windows 7, like Large files you don't need, then Defrag it.

Nevermind i cant even collect enough money to get a 70 euro phone let alone a new hard drive and i dont even have the key to open the case and i dont know how to even build a computer.


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 12:28 PM

Nevermind i cant even collect enough money to get a 70 euro phone let alone a new hard drive and i dont even have the key to open the case and i dont know how to even build a computer.

Well then, be careful with what you have now, we all need our computers these days.  Playing around with Linux could spell disaster for Windows 7, we don't want that.  I know it's tempting to Play with Linux, we all love it, but you have to weigh the scales, whether or not you are willing to Break what you have now.  I have three "Hand-me-down" Laptops, so if I bugger up one it's not an issue.  I just read some Threads where the OP Tried to install Linux and wiped his/her Drive, not good!

 

I hope at least you have some Recovery DVD's to restore Windows 7 if needed, I'm sure someone has asked you this in another thread here?


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