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How to Install Linux on New HD


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 09:52 AM

I am swapping my old HD with a new SSD and will be installing Linux Mint.  How can I set the boot order, or will the Linux installation disk take care of that issue for me?



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 10:08 AM

More info please?

 

There is no Boot Order if you are only installing linux.

 

Are you speaking of the Boot Order to get er installed? 

If so post the model of your p?.  What OS came preinstalled? 

Is it UEFI?


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 10:15 AM

download Mint ISO file.....use RUFUS to create a bootable USB stick.....use the USB stick to install Mint on your hard drive.....its pretty simple



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:11 PM

I already have the ISO for Mint Cinnamon.  I'm installing a SSD HD and was concerned if the installation disk will start up and install Linux.  I want a Windows-Free machine. 

 

I'm not sure I want to mess with the Wine program that allows me to run certain Windows software, but if I did that, would Windows have a presence on my computer?  One of the key reasons I want to go Linux is how prolific malware is on the Windows system.  Yes, I realize that Linux is not entirely immune, but I can't imagine having the same problems I have had with Windows over the past three years.

 

The other reason is the I am really drawn to the Linux philosophy.  It's not that I shy away from paying for software as I have never installed any illegal software, and I've paid bucks for programs like MS Office, Adobe CS4, CorelDraw, etc.  I want to see if I can survive with my software needs in the Linux environment.  I haven't been happy with developments with Windows over the past years.

 

I created a ISO DVD.

 

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:20 PM

I'm not sure I want to mess with the Wine program that allows me to run certain Windows software, but if I did that, would Windows have a presence on my computer?

 

No.

 

I'm installing a SSD HD and was concerned if the installation disk will start up and install Linux. 

 

 

There is nothing to be concerned about. Boot Mint and install.



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 02:04 PM

 

 

 I want to see if I can survive with my software needs in the Linux environment. 

That's a great attitude LittleGreenDots, you'll never know till you try!


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 06:41 PM

To clarify John in post #5, using wine won't put windows onto your linux system. it will just make a small environment a little bit like windows which is good enough that some windows programs will be able to call on all the things they would generally need as prerequisites in a windows OS, and hence some windows programs can run under wine on linux. You should have a go at this if you cannot find linux equivalents to your windows software which are, in your opinion, as good or better than the windows software was. You might have some specialist programs that don't have linux equivalents which meet your standards, in which case hope that wine can handle them, however for most browsing and office tasks using linux shouldn't be too much different from using windows. Even if you do still need windows occasionally for some things, you can probably go for months between needing it.
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:16 PM

This may help.

 

https://linuxmint-installation-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 03:21 PM

Perhaps a silly question (I've never installed an OS on a blank HD)...do I place the installation DVD in the CD-Rom tray before I start?

 

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 05:58 PM

You need to boot from the installation disk, so yes it needs to be in place before you power up your machine to perform the install.

 

Your computer BIOS/UEFI boot order preference also needs to be set so that your DVD drive gets priority over your hard-drive. Otherwise your machine will try to boot from your hard drive (which by default usually has boot priority) and you won't be able to boot from the installation disk.

 

Alternately, on most modern machines there's also usually a key combination you can use to perform a "one-time-only" boot from DVD, which will save you having to edit your BIOS/UEFI settings. If you let us know what make and model your machine is, we can probably tell you what that combo is.



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:52 AM

I will be installing on a Lenovo laptop model 20EV002FUS. 

 

Another question: Do I absolutely need to have internet access when I install?  I'm moving and do not currently have access, but could make arrangements to be online, if absolutely necessary...or can I update and connect to the internet after the OS has been installed offline?

 

I have the SSD HD and am ready to launch.

 

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:36 AM

No, you don't need the internet to install linux. You will need the internet to install the codecs for multimedia after the install to allow you to listen to music and watch movies.

 

http://linuxmint-installation-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/codecs.html



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:52 AM

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:30 AM

I will be installing on a Lenovo laptop model 20EV002FUS.


Which if I'm right is aThinkpad 560.

If so press F12 (just keep hitting the key) when you power up then it should bring up the "boot options" menu, and you can select to boot from CD/DVD,

 

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 06:54 PM

 

No, you don't need the internet to install linux.

When installing Linux it it best if you are online and you plug in all peripheral devices such as printers and scanners.


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