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Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby Noob2Linux on Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:14 pm

Okay, I'm a little impatient about searching for this topic, so here goes.
I have an Acer laptop, Aspire 5735-4624, with Vista already on it. I want to install Mint 7 KDE, I have it on a USB drive. I've already backed up my personal data. Is there anything I need to do? Or can I just click Install Mint on the Mint desktop?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby Silent Warrior on Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:20 am

You'll have to mind your partitioning (depending on how you want it set up), of course. Other than that, you look like you're well prepared for the upgrade.
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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby mick55 on Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:51 am

Hi Noob2Linux

Is there anything I need to do?

It depends what your plan is. :wink:

Do you want to keep Vista and dual boot Mint?
Do you want to install Mint and remove Vista?
Do you want to install Mint inside Vista?

If you want to keep Vista and dual boot Mint, there are
some very specific steps to follow, otherwise you'll
end up with an un-bootable Vista system.

The other 2 options are more straight forward.
Let me know if you need more assistance.

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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby DataMan on Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:46 am

1. Run the LiveCD on your laptop to make sure the H/D is compatible with your laptop.
2. Read the stickies at the top of this forum plus the user manual on installation BEFORE installing. A lot of work has gone into the preparation of these documents. The contents should address most issues/concerns with respect to installation.

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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby Noob2Linux on Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:30 pm

It's gonna be a full install, i plan on overwriting Vist@. One thing though my Acer came with a built in EISA formatted recovery partition, and it's in front of the logical system partition. I know that I can't move the system partition to the left, and I only want one continuous drive. Although after saying that I may want to have a small (40gig) partition to play with new releases of other distros. Oh, I I've got a little experience with Gparted, but once I make a new partition how do I format it? and since I'm asking, which is better for Mint NTFS or FAT32? I figure NTFS, but I really don't know for sure.

Thanks for all the help everybody.
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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby mick55 on Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:48 pm

hi noob

there seems to be a thousand different opinions on how
you should partition a linux install, so don't expect a consensus.

However, since you're a noob do it the simple way.

Run Gparted and delete all drives and partitions.

Boot the Mint Cd and let the Mint install automatically
partition your drive for you.

It will make a swap partition and format your partitions accordingly.

Linux does not use NTFS or FAT32, it uses a variety of file systems
including ext2, ext3, ext4, Reiser and others.

Mint will pick whats right for you.

If you want to change your partitions later, just run Gparted again.

My advice is to get the system installed as simply as possible
and do the more complex stuff after you've been using it a while.

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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby SxFlare on Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:55 am

or if you have a semi-decent disposable computer available to use, you could mess around with stuff like partitioning to see what works for you :D
After a while of formatting operating systems, I've grown to the point of making partitions enough for the operating systems and any installed programs or data files are stored on a separate partition
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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on a system

Postby Noob2Linux on Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:04 am

I got Mint7 on my laptop, works great. I do have ONE little issue. the download speeds, I'm running at right about 200Kbps average. When I had Vista on my laptop I was running around 1000 to 1200Kbps. Any ideas on what it could be. I'm thinking driver issues with the wireless NIC. Any help or ideas would be appreciated. On an average I wouldn't care, but I would like it to be at optimal rates.

The download issue has been resolved, it was the Fios router, I reset it. It's all good :D
Now it's back up to where it should be.
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