Can you connect to internet for help while installing Mint?

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Can you connect to internet for help while installing Mint?

Postby gumby on Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:45 am

I have not yet run the Live CD. I'm going to do it soon, and then I will install it to my HD.

Is the Live CD still running while installation is happening? If I am confused during installation and want to seek help on the internet, is this possible to do from the same computer that you're installing Mint on?
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Re: Can you connect to internet for help while installing Mint?

Postby Decemberdoom on Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:00 pm

Assuming your network card is detected and working fine, yes.

When you run the Live CD, there will be an icon on the desktop called "install". If you click that, the installer will come up, but you can still easily switch workspaces (Ctrl+Alt+left or right), and get online.

If you are able to, I recommend using Ethernet cables since Ethernet is quite a bit better for Linux support than Wireless.
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Re: Can you connect to internet for help while installing Mint?

Postby gumby on Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:39 pm

Thanks December. I don't have ethernet, unfortunately, but the wireless I am using was good enough to download the whole Mint install CD in 1-1/2 hours using a torrent. I was amazed! (but then, it was my first time using a Torrent as well) :)
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Re: Can you connect to internet for help while installing Mint?

Postby Decemberdoom on Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:26 pm

Speed really won't be affected by Linux (Actually, I get higher download speeds with Linux, even though I'm using Ndiswrapper instead of a real native driver), but generally, Linux distros usually have better support for wired networking than wireless, especially concerning "out of the box" installations.

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Re: Can you connect to internet for help while installing Mint?

Postby gumby on Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:33 am

Thanks again. Last night I ran the Live CD for the first time and it detected my Broadcom wireless, no problem. I hope to install tonight after I have enough confidence about the partitioning issue.
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