I am currently running Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit alongside Windows 7 on an ASUS laptop with an Intel U7300 @ 1.30 GHz x 2 chip.
I was happily running the above system for the past few (4?) years - mostly running Linux and occasionally Windows - until I got the itch to install SANE to be able to use my ScanSnap S1100 scanner from Linux (as opposed to Windows). While I managed to get SANE installed and running (with a lot of help), something serious has happened to Linux: a series of numbers (looks more like calculations) run before the system starts, sometimes it takes a long time to boot; once it went to "sleep" every few minutes (I checked Power Management settings - they remain the same as before) - restarting the laptop seemed to resolve that issue. These and other issues are frequently popping up making me uneasy and wondering if my system (Linux) is infected (once I got a screen asking to select if others can see my screen) etc. I have decided to totally wipe out Linux and start afresh (Linux Mint will continue to be my primary OS). Even though I rarely use Windows, I need it and do not want to mess with it. As part of my research, I noted a newer version of Linux Mint (18.2) was released just days ago. I felt it may be a good idea (?) if I upgrade to Mint Cinnamon 18.2.
There is tons of information out there; however, plain English works best for me - without having to indulge in complicated technical steps that can be bypassed - and that information is not exactly plentiful. I was able to prepare a USB with Linux Mint 18.2 ISO (I trust it is "live"). I can also go to Windows and delete partitions holding Linux Mint 17.3; however, I am not comfortable with having to reset Windows to address the "GRUB" issue (Windows having difficulty starting). Another issue I am facing is I can't get my laptop to boot off the USB first (I cannot get to the options to change the boot settings).
Based on the above information, I am requesting assistance with the following:
- Can I overwrite Linux Mint 17.3 with Linux Mint 18.2, bypassing the GRUB issue? (Bypassing deletion of Linux partitions would be a bonus - but I can handle it).
If the answer to the above question is "yes," how do I go about doing it (in plain English and simple step by step directions, please)?
Will replacing Linux Mint 17.3 with Linux Mint 18.2 eliminate (delete) the "infections" that seemed to have crept into Linux?
Am I better off just replacing Linux Mint 17.3 with fresh Linux Mint 17.3 or upgrading to Linux Mint 18.2? Please see my note below.
I will be happy to share other details as needed.
I am open to just "replacing" my currently installed Linux Mint 17.3 with fresh Linux Mint 17.3 - with the understanding that the fresh install would wipe out my "infections" and take me back to happier days
I would like to stick to Cinammon (no pun intended).
For those curious about the SANE outcome, the quality of images scanned from SANE has forced me to continue to use Windows to scan my documents.
All support will be greatly appreciated!