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Windows 7: Pc-1 on new win install in infinite loop w/ format done> how access

12 Feb 2018   #81
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok free Partion mgr.'s out there. I checked later too and as of this morn have that successful search saved. Will at least need some new connections (cords?) to connect the PC1 hd as a slave drive to PC2.

Boot into linux...not windows? Completely new grounds to me.

Guess I'll look around some more and see. Jim


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12 Feb 2018   #82
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

The only thing complicated about booting into Linux Live is creating the Linux Live DVD. Once you have the DVD, you simply boot to it, and you are in Linux. And it runs entirely off of the DVD; it doesn't make changes to your hard drive.

Booting into Linux Live allows you to give Linux a test drive. It also allows you to run a fully working version of Linux without have to install anything. This means that you can benefit from the really cool programs and tools which are available in Linux.

If you have a blank DVD, you won't lose anything by trying except for a few minutes of your time. If you want to try this, go to the following web site: https://linuxmint.com/download.php
Click on the link for the 32-bit version of xfce, and save to your hard drive. This will save an ISO file to your hard drive. Once it has downloaded, insert the blank DVD and right click on the downloaded ISO file, and tell it to create a DVD. Then boot to that DVD on the computer you are trying to fix.
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12 Feb 2018   #83
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So we're creating the new dvd (if I have a blank dvd, do have blank cd's...will look) with the working PC2 then booting from that cd/dvd on the jammed up pc!, right?

Will this work on a dvd with stuff on it? As in over-wright. I ask since I have a dvd with an womans exercise program of some sort on it now. Jim
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13 Feb 2018   #84
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

You will need a blank DVD, which has never been written to. And yes, you will create it on PC2, then use it on PC1.

A CD won't be big enough; you'll need a DVD.
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13 Feb 2018   #85
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK, found a stack pkg of DVD's buried under sstack pkg of cd's. As you might guess, never used the PC2 optical drive b4. Is there any startup or other settings to do in advance. Also I take it, your prior instructions are all that is needed, right?
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13 Feb 2018   #86
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Once you have downloaded the Linux Live ISO file, all you should need to do is put the DVD in the drive, right click on the ISO, and tell it to create the disk. After about two minutes, you're ready to go.
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13 Feb 2018   #87
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

ok, will do. not same type of prog like B4, so should not run into those probs i hope. J
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13 Feb 2018   #88
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

If you enter BIOS and change boot order to boot from DVD/CD Rom and it doesn't boot, you have a non-bootable DVD/CD, the DVD/CD is defective, your DVD/CD drive is either, defective or the controller is defective. When you first start the computer, you should be able to hear the DVD/CD drive make some noise, clicking or whirring sounds as BIOS proceeds through POST test. If you have a DVD/CD that you know will play in your other machine, try it in the machine you are trying to repair, with either the boot sequence changed or a one time, > to the DVD/CD drive. If it doesn't Boot/Start the DVD/CD and play your DVD/CD is junk.

To check if the drive has power, when you start the computer and BIOS Post tests, the light on the DVD/CD player should flash, indicating power. On a laptop the light is on the side of the DVD/CD ROM tray, both my laptops are that way. On desktop you might have to open the door above the DVD/CD tray that you place the DVD/CD in.

Hard Drive or Solid State Hard Drive is not necessary to boot/start from DVD/CD, in fact, you can remove it or disconnect it and the DVD/CD player will still work.
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14 Feb 2018   #89
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@ Snick Will keep your information for a useful reference. Thanks

@ mrjimphelps OK, did a pc cleanup (ccleaner type stuff) and defragged good. Just a standard routine to keep things clean & holy. I did notice that on your download instructions you stated:" If you want to try this, go to the following web site: Download - Linux Mint Click on the link for the 32-bit version of xfce, and save to your hard drive."

I am running win7x64, so do I will still download the 32-bit version of xfce or do I use the 64-bit version? I opened the download page just to check as a standard precaution. Never hurts, and that. Jim

EDIT: Since PC1 and PC2 are near clones, I looked on PC2 for partitions by clicking "computer" in the list that opens in start when clicked. Just says Local disk (C) is 48.5MB of a total 220 MB. SOoo not so clear on these partitions matters you addressed but imagine you likely will be. J
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15 Feb 2018   #90
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

You can use 32-bit on any computer; but 64-bit needs to be used on a 64-bit computer. That's why I suggested that you get the 32-bit version.

If your computer is 64-bit, then it's better to have the 64-bit version of Linux. But since you're doing Linux only for testing purposes, not for normal use, then it's not a big deal if you go with the 32-bit version of Linux Mint.

If you decide one day to install Linux on your hard drive and use it as your normal OS, then you should definitely go with the 64-bit version of Linux if your computer is capable of running it, that is, if your computer is 64-bit.

Although 32-bit is not as capable as 64-bit, it is "lighter" than 64-bit. Also, xfce is a "light" interface for Linux. One thing I had on my mind here was going with the most lightweight version of Linux Mint that you could go with; that's another reason I suggested 32-bit xfce. On my computer, I have 64-bit xfce, so that I get the extra benefits that 64-bit offers, with the lightweight benefit of xfce.

As for the "local disk size" question, local disk C seems to have 48.5 MB free out of a total 220 MB drive. And are you sure that it is "MB" and not "GB"? 220 MB is basically no space at all these days, whereas 220 GB is a workable amount of space.
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