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Installing mint over ubuntu 7.10

Postby fjord on Sun May 11, 2008 6:07 pm

I have a dell m1330 where I have the option to install a DELL version of Ubuntu (7.10). The Ubuntu CD comes with all drivers and settings pre-configured for the DELL m1330. I would however like to replace the default Ubuntu with Linux Mint. Is this possible? Or rather (as everything is possible :wink: ) Is this hard to achieve? Will Mint keep the m1330 specific settings during installation? Could anyone point me to a "how-to" or give me a hint on what to do?
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Re: Installing mint over ubuntu 7.10

Postby 67GTA on Sun May 11, 2008 7:33 pm

Do the Dell drivers have a repository, or are they just on the CD? I don't think it would matter as long as you match the versions Daryna/Gutsy. Maybe you could install Mint, and then use the drivers off the Ubuntu CD. Do a dual boot. That way if Mint doesn't work, you will be able to delete it, and keep Ubuntu. I also don't think there are any Dell drivers that Mint couldn't handle. Most of them should already be included. What type of drivers are they? Try a Mint live CD, and see if everything works properly.
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Re: Installing mint over ubuntu 7.10

Postby fjord on Mon May 12, 2008 4:17 pm

It seems as the DELL Ubuntu CDs are for re installation only. The DVD simply wipes your disk, create new partitions and install Ubuntu and software. I guess I can install each driver under Mint separately by downloading them from dell and other sources. I asked the question because I was wondering if it was possible simply to swap from Ubuntu 7.10 to Mint 4 in example by changing the main repositories. I guess it's not that simple even though both distributions share the same base. It would be nice though... :)
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Re: Installing mint over ubuntu 7.10

Postby 67GTA on Mon May 12, 2008 9:00 pm

Daryna is actually based on Edgy. You would probably cause more trouble than it's worth. I really don't think there are any drivers that Dell releases that Ubuntu/Mint won't already have. If there is, you should be able to pull them off the CD.
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