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From Roberto - Got Mint installed on laptop

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 00:33 -- Roberto

A brief update on my efforts.

I had made a Ubuntu Live USB thumb drive and it worked fine when booting with the thumb drive. But when I tried to install it on an HP laptop (32 bit), it didn't work. I just got a blank screen with a blinking cursor and couldn't do anything. Ross thought it could have been a driver issue. But then I made a Mint 13.0 XFCE Live USB thumb drive. This distribution is about the closest thing to a Windows environment, and that's what I would want the folks at SWOP to start off with.

From Roberto - installed Ubuntu on Laptop, but......????

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 16:25 -- Roberto

Yesterday I made a LiveUSB stick with Ubuntu and was able to start up a Windows laptop with Ubuntu, pretty cool stuff. Then I did an Ubuntu install on the laptop. I went the easy way and didn't worry about partitions for now, as per Ross' suggestion. I can always re-install it, etc.

So it reformatted the hard drive, got rid of Windows, etc., and then it told me that the installation was successful and to restart the computer. I restarted it and now all i'm getting is a dark screen with the blinking cursor. I tried putting in my password, but that didn't help.

Finally making some progress

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 01:38 -- Roberto

I was able to make my LiveUSB stick with Ubuntu today. I tested it on a Windows machine and was able to boot into Linux Ubuntu.

Tomorrow I'll deploy Linux on my soon to be Ex-Windows spare laptop. Hopefully it'll be easy. There's even an installer on the Ubuntu desktop.

Then once I'm back at my office (am in Califas now), I'll want to set up my office desktop computer and work laptop to dual boot with both Windows and Linux.

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