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Re: Download ONLY, Please

Postby fredm1 on Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:08 pm

btw, the idea of using Windows only virtually, assumes I end up liking Mint so much
that use of Windows will seem simply unnecessary ( most of of the time anyway ).

So the advice to keep on dualbooting is appreciated particularly because it suggests
that people are not so Linux 'fanatical' as to abolish Windows entirely
and as such are not giving 'biased' advice. I very much appreciate that.
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Re: Download ONLY, Please

Postby xenopeek on Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:21 pm

Use whatever tool works best to get the job done :wink: I don't use Windows or Wine at home as I've found Linux native alternatives for all my needs, but certainly the first 6 months or so that I started with Linux I had a dual boot with Windows. Some people fully migrate to Linux, others keep using Windows programs in Wine or continue to use Windows in VirtualBox or in dual boot. Whatever works best for you.
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Re: Download ONLY, Please

Postby fredm1 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:28 am

Hello, again. Apologies, but just in case you thought otherwise, no,
I'm afraid I cannot go away that easily.
( The only question is : which of us is more annoyed by that ? )

Anyway, I must admit putting off doing a 'Boot Mint in Live mode'.
( If you want to know why, you'll have to wait till after I talk to a shrink about it. )
Put stick in slot, push power button. Took trial and error to get an initial screen
OTHER THAN Windows. In the end I did get a screen giving me an option
to load from USB. However, almost immediately a message appears :

BOOTMGR missing.

What is on that stick is ONLY an iso file copied from my desktop.
The filename mentions Mint 16 and was downloaded
from one of those Linux 'mirror' sites.

OK, what have I done wrong and how do I correct it ? Thanks.
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Re: Download ONLY, Please

Postby xenopeek on Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:34 am

fredm1 wrote:OK, what have I done wrong and how do I correct it ? Thanks.

Copying the ISO file to the USB stick doesn't do anything. You have to make a bootable USB from the ISO. You'll need to use a program for that, as others have already pointed out. From my earlier comment, please follow the tutorial.
xenopeek wrote:I hope you managed to create the USB stick with help already given. Else see this tutorial http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744, specifically the last part for Windows, with an alternative way to create the USB stick.
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Re: Download ONLY, Please

Postby fredm1 on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:13 am

For unrelated reasons, I've had to re-activate Windows 7 on my laptop.
That meant getting a blank DVD and burning a copy of W7 onto it.
It surprised me how many DVD drives in internet cafes ( for instance )
can actually burn a CD. Long story short : got W7 back so easily,
burning a DVD now seemed the obvious way to get Linux Mint.
And I did. It was up , running and installed first time. Great.
Seriously, the next time someone asks, say how EASY burning DVDs is.

Anyway Mint looks great, especially after using various versions of Windows.
The problem now is that various stuff I tried to download seems to have problems.
In no particular order :

• WINE : This seems the way to access my Windows ( and particulary Office )
but the website seems inaccessible.

• screenlets : ditto ( even in Windows screenlets.org has ‘Website disable’. )

• Dropbox : want to have directory for it ( although presumably different physical space from my Windows version ).
But again website access seems problematic ( even though Terminal did not give an obvious error message
when I entered the long line command suggested ).

Seriously like Mint so much, happy to pay $20 for it. Will go back to original load website.
( Just glad they do not insist on PayPal. )

Thanks everybody.
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Re: Download ONLY, Please

Postby Mark Phelps on Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:04 pm

• WINE : This seems the way to access my Windows ( and particulary Office ) but the website seems inaccessible.


Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're saying -- but you can't use Wine to access an existing installation of Windows -- it doesn't work that way. You have to install Wine, and then, install any and all Windows apps you want to use.

MS Office is one of the poorest working apps in Wine. The 2007 version works fairly well with a very limited subset of components, but versions newer than that have serious problems: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=31
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Re: Download ONLY, Please

Postby fredm1 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:42 pm

Sorry, the misunderstanding about WINE was mine.

Anyway, I have now managed to attach my HP 3050 Scanner/Printer to the system,
by following detailed instructions on this forum.

Main thing bugging me now is that I have to logon to various sites EVERY time,
even though I specifically tick them to KEEP me logged in.
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