excollier wrote:The laptop wont read the live .iso dvd for Linux Mint, but it did load up Puppy, but wont boot from a usb as recommended, looks like I'm stuck with XP.
You can also consider another method, rarely used by people.
That is, use unetbootin, run under WinXP, and use Hard disk install mode.
This is the steps:
1. run WinXP
2. download windows version of unetbootin
3. copy your iso file to WinXP directory, or download from internet
4. run unetbootin
5. choose the path to iso
6. choose the Hard Disk , then OK
unetbootin would copy files for you and 'frugal install' in winXP directoryhttp://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/unetbo ... howitworks
upon reboot, you should have a unetbootin line in the XP boot menu, select that, this allows you to run your Linux ISO in LIVE mode..http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/unetbo ... stallmodes
Test this live mode first, so that to be sure your old hardware can handle that particular iso.
I did a few installation to an old, , not branded, but younger than your 8-10 year old laptop,
several Mint old DVD ended with bsod. intel graphic issue.
so if you get bsod, do not be surprise, the iso, kernel, graphic are all part of the player.
of course you can still choose different option to boot.. cannot remember how those appear in the boot menu. just try one at a time.