billtheplatypus wrote:I've used linux mint 12 for several months. I'm now trying to dual boot mint 14 and windows XP. I don't want to do the inside of windows option because that has a 30 GiB limit on virtual disk size, and I have hit that limit before. When I bring up the install linux Mint program, there is an option for replace windows and other. There is no install alonside windows option. .
I have been having the same problem with a neighbour's HP computer which is running disastrously slowly under its original XP OS. I have booted with a 13 Cinnamon DVD and now she sees a tantalisingly fast and trouble free way of operating her computer!! (I have been using Lisa for over a year now on a box which could hardly run Vista at all!)
But she cant install it at all! The Cinnamon install DVD doesn't recognise that there is any XP installation there and doesnt give her any option to install otherwise than by wiping her whole hard drive. And mysteriously, the DVD operation of the OS seems only to work with a US keyboard. I suspect this can be changed easily IF we could get any version of Mint installed but it is a pain in the neck running from the DVD if you ever have to reboot and lose all customisations. BEsides, having updated old files every few weeks for a year or so, I can only regard running Linux from a DVD as a toy to get people introduced to the OS
Now i see that there is a Mint 14 out there! Can anyone recommend a download site for any version of 14 which stands any chance of not having this 'cant see XP OS' problem and which will recognise that she has a UK keyboard please? I do know that I can install for her inside windows but cant believe that this is a serious option! Doesnt it introduce another level of overhead into a system which can hardly run XP properly? Or does this work completely separately, - like installing bootcamp Windows alongside OSX? If that works and no one can respond to this thread, we may have to forego using all of the hard drive and submit to that 30 gig limit! (or is there a way around this as well?)