Okay... I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Microsoft Vista Home Premium installed on it, and I wanted to try Linux for the first time. I downloaded the torrent for Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna Main Edition and I burned the ISO to a CD.
Then I rebooted and booted from the CD.
I have tried the following ways to install it, and nothing works:
- Start Linux Mint
- Start Linux Mint in safe graphics mode
- I tried pressing F6 and entering "noapic," "nolapic," "noacpi," and "acpi=off" (I found that on the Linux Mint wiki. Didn't know what it was or what it was for)
I am extremely new to this and don't know what I am doing [wrong].
Basically, I want it to install, but I don't want to lose the Vista that's already on my computer.
Am I supposed to repartition my hard drive BEFORE I attempt installing Linux Mint, or does it do it itself?
And if I do have to repartition first, how do I do that? (I'm sort of an all-around computer n00b, I guess. )
I appreciate any swift help, as I really want to try Linux.