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by gold_finger
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Would this be hard and risky?
Replies: 21
Views: 820

Re: Would this be hard and risky?

Sorry I didn't have time to check back on this thread until now -- and it appears you've solved problem by wiping drive and installing new Mint KDE. Just posting this info now so you understand why you ran into problem trying to create new partition. The GParted pic you posted confirmed that the dri...
by gold_finger
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Shrinking windows OS, not the partition size [resolved ]
Replies: 19
Views: 1144

Re: Shrinking windows OS

i am at 26gb now with all the updates and a few additional programs If you've already paired it down to 26GB I don't know if there's much more you can do. I think the Windows OS itself is close to 20GB when freshly installed. If there is some super secret way to shrink it more than normal, maybe pe...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Buying desktop
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: Buying desktop

@BarefootLeather, If you're satisfied with overall performance of current computer and only problem is the hard drive, simplest and cheapest solution is to just get a new hard drive. Depending on capabilities of computer, you could also improve performance by getting an SSD (Solid State Drive) inste...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Hello. I'm FrustratedNoob.
Replies: 12
Views: 656

Re: Hello. I'm FrustratedNoob.

Hang in there FrustratedNoob . Most of us probably started out just like you -- confused and breaking things here and there. I can't possibly count the number of times I broke my installs when I first started out with Linux after using Windows for many years. That's normal and part of the learning p...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Would this be hard and risky?
Replies: 21
Views: 820

Re: Would this be hard and risky?

Definitely do post back with screenshot of SSD from GParted/KDE Partition Manager so we can take a look. I'm just going to add a few more points to what Pierre has already said, but do not attempt anything until we (any of us here on forum) have seen pic of your SSD. Since I have not booted with my ...
by gold_finger
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] How to swap physical hard disks (sda <-> sdb) with several Linux OSs installed
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

Re: How to swap physical hard disks (sda <-> sdb) with several Linux OSs installed

While I've never done this myself (2 HHDs with distros installed in 2 diff boot modes), my guess is that you actually won't have to do anything special at all. Keep UEFI mode (production) drive installed in computer, plug Bios mode external in and simply boot machine as you normally would to enter e...
by gold_finger
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Install Mint 18.1 Xfce over Mint 12 <Solved>
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Install Mint 18.1 Xfce over Mint 12

Great! Go ahead and mark this thread as <SOLVED> by editing the title of your first post. I think the "Device for boot loader installation" should be set to "/dev/sda". was set to the Mint 12 during the first install... Okay, that would have caused the problem you ran into. First stage of grub boot ...
by gold_finger
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Install Mint 18.1 Xfce over Mint 12 <Solved>
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Install Mint 18.1 Xfce over Mint 12

When I select Something Else I see a menu table with three options 1) The 80GB HD 2) Windows XP Pro 3) Linux Mint 12 So apparently I select the Mint 12 partition and click the install button.... I'm guessing you are just using words to simplify what you saw. Normally after clicking "Something Else"...
by gold_finger
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Save "Home" with installation
Replies: 13
Views: 891

Re: Save "Home" with installation

Spearmint2 wrote:because if you don't do it right, you most certainly end up with "Something Else".
Good answer! :lol:
by gold_finger
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Save "Home" with installation
Replies: 13
Views: 891

Re: Save "Home" with installation

Just select "something else" or "custom" in the installer, so you aren't using the whole drive. I just found out the other day on a test install that KDE calls this option "Manual", whereas all other Mints call it "Something Else". ("Manual" makes more sense to me. Don't know why the others use "So...
by gold_finger
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Install Mint 18.1 Xfce over Mint 12 <Solved>
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Install Mint 18.1 Xfce over Mint 12

1) Install third party software, Graphics / Wi-Fi / Flash / Mp3 Do I need to select this option for common everyday web surfing like youtube?? You would need the third party software to play DVD movies, mp3 music files and to view flash content on websites, possibly including some videos on Youtube...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1776

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

sarama wrote:If you're using windows to install

http://www.angrycomputernerd.com/blog/i ... full-guide
sarama,
You can't install Linux from Windows and that tutorial is not doing that.
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Trying to install Cinnamon as dual boot on Win 10
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: Trying to install Cinnamon as dual boot on Win 10

It's funny (strange) to think that an older computer wouldn't have a CD/DVD (if this is so). Yes, especially if it also can't boot from a USB. :? I've installed to a number of Dells over the years (many of them older than the Optiplex 980) and not had problems booting from USBs, so either Dell mess...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: partitions and other newb questions [SOLVED]
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: partitions and other newb questions [SOLVED]

wicked_sticky wrote:windows 10 update is awful, unlike earlier verisons theres no way to disable it
I just stumbled on this post a few hours ago: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=237350&p=1325639#p1325639.

No idea whether it works or not, but can't hurt to give it a shot.
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Trying to install Cinnamon as dual boot on Win 10
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: Trying to install Cinnamon as dual boot on Win 10

@gold_finger I don't think that model came with a built-in CD/DVD. OK -- didn't know that. Based on second link posted by michael louw e, looks like booting from USB can be accomplished if <F12> boot menu doesn't work. P.s. I don't think it's necessary to disable Fast Boot in Bios, (at least that's...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Trying to install Cinnamon as dual boot on Win 10
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: Trying to install Cinnamon as dual boot on Win 10

Forget about trying to boot USB the Windows way. Instead follow directions posted by michael louwe : During startup, quickly press F2 or F12. F2 is to enter BIOS setup proper. F12 is for selecting a one-time boot menu(= temporary boot order setting). As per ....... http://itechjsc.com.vn/techsupport...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1776

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

Sgthawker wrote:I prefer a separate /DATA partition. In particular if you might change DE. I experimented with several and found configurations to be fouled up by the common /home folder, when changing DE. There is a tutorial here somewhere on the mint site.
HOWTO: Create & Use a Separate DATA Partition
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: BIOS or UEFI for single install on new built PC?
Replies: 11
Views: 1836

Re: BIOS or UEFI for single install on new built PC?

Sounds good to me too. I do essentially the same thing -- keep data on completely separate partition or drive (depending on computer I'm working on) and use symlinks to /home on the root partition. I don't bother creating a separate partition for /home because no data files are actually kept there. ...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Unable to install Linux Mint 18.1
Replies: 16
Views: 1330

Re: Unable to install Linux Mint 18.1

This is a pesky error. Did a search on it and seems like a few people succeeded by creating USB stick with a different program. For whatever reason, sometimes different live USB creation tools just don't work right in some situations. Since you have Windows, I'd suggest you re-create the live USB us...
by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: BIOS or UEFI for single install on new built PC?
Replies: 11
Views: 1836

Re: BIOS or UEFI for single install on new built PC?

At some point the option to boot in Bios mode may not be offered anymore by manufacturers of motherboards and computers. That won't affect computer you've built now, but you may not have choice but to use UEFI on next build a few years from now. So, in my opinion, you might as well start getting use...

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