daveinuk wrote:The file you downloaded is probably ok, its what you're trying to do to it that's wrong.
You need to burn the mint image (called and ISO) to a dvd, using a program such as active iso burner which is free and available if you search the net, download and install that and then use it to make your dvd. You then need to tell the compluter to use that to boot from, you do this by altering the BIOS settings, when your machine boots up you will see text on screen giving you a clue, it will say something like - press F2 to interupt startup and change the BIOS settings, (could be that key or delete/F8 etc they're all different) press it, wait for the blue screen, when you're in, look for boot/startup press enter and it takes you into that part, you need to find your dvd player and using the keys, put it in No1 position, this may be by a certain key like F6 or the + key, look to the right of the screen for text telling you. When dvd is at the top, press F10 to save and enter to exit and take you back to the machine booting up which should now be from the dvd - from here you can browse the features of mint or chose to install it.
Maybe try the BIOS bit first to see if you can figure it out/ watch a video on youtube maybe, if anything doesn't make sense, come back and ask, good luck.
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