I've got a HP Mini netbook that I'd like to install Linux Mint to (replacing the existing XP setup). However, from my investigations so far, it appears that this machine has a number of hardware-support gotchas...
1) It has no CD Drive
2) The BIOS (American Megatrends v 02.6.1) is old enough that it doesn't support booting from USB yet
3) It uses a "VIA Chrome9 HC IGP" integrated graphics
4) It uses Broadcom wireless card
5) Of the 149GB hard drive, 30GB is currently used by Windows and the associated programs and/or junk the previous owner has left behind. For all intents and purposes though, only a single partition shows up (at least according to the Windows tools)
6) The WindowsXP version installed on the machine is the Chinese version (i.e. it's very tricky finding your way around, especially since there's no way to change the language either)
Can anyone recommend a good/safe procedure for going about installing Linux on this machine?
(Also, what is the state of hardware support for 3 and 4? From the posts I've seen, these two components are some of the ones notorious for having some of the worst support/crappiness out there).
The thing has 2 USB ports, but the BIOS doesn't allow booting from them. It only has 2 options - Hard Drive, and Netboot/Ethernet
In this case, it's not really a machine I personally bought (it's far too wimpy for my own needs). Rather, it's an old machine that someone gave mom, who now wants to set it up for printing + checking emails + saving off photos.
The main hurdle with that procedure is figuring out how to set up a suitable server to use.
Hmm... that sounds like an interesting option. Considering what I had to do to get a dual boot setup working nicely on my main laptop (until the win8.1 update screwed up the something preventing grub from working)
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