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Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:16 pm
by AustinChristTexas
Long story short, I am attempting to install linux mint on my laptop and have so far been unsuccessful as to the best method to do so. I want to use the USB method. Disk is not an option as my laptop is a newer dell model and doesn't have disk slot.

I'm dealing with a lot of intel agencies. All of them really. Anyways I really just want linux to make it more difficult for them in general and because I can't stand windows any longer. If you can help me I'd appreciate it greatly as would the Universe.

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Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:24 pm
by Moem
Hello, welcome. I suggest you start by reading the documentation.

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:37 pm
by AustinChristTexas
Yes I understand the docu.

My main question is though, will an external hard drive work or ONLY a USB flash drive for the USB install option?

My USB external HardDrive is in D Drive slot and I can't/don't know how to get it where it needs to be so I can find it on the USB installer app in the video. It doesn't show up bc it's in the wrong drive slot. What can I do to fix this? TYVM

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:38 pm
by AustinChristTexas
Actually come to think of it, if I had to resort to a paid linux distro, which would be the best current, most updated frequently to use for personal use?

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:55 pm
by Hoser Rob
AustinChristTexas wrote:Actually come to think of it, if I had to resort to a paid linux distro, which would be the best current, most updated frequently to use for personal use?
You may think that a paid distro will give you more up top date software. The opposite is true ... they're even more conservative than Ubuntu eg.

I'm still trying to figure out what Intel 'agancies' have to do with anything here.

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:12 pm
by DAMIEN1307
the first mistake most newbies make in trying to install from usb is that they havent gone into the bios to signify that the usb is the first boot device in sequence...its easy to do...first plug the usb into the usb slot...next, while starting up the computer either f2 or delete button to bring up bios...from there go into the boot sector and designate the usb as the first boot device...press f10 to save and reboot...usb linux mint iso should come up...just follow the install instructions very carefully from there...DAMIEN

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:16 pm
by Moem
AustinChristTexas wrote:My main question is though, will an external hard drive work or ONLY a USB flash drive for the USB install option?
I'm not sure, but why wouldn't you just use a USB flash drive?

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:24 pm
by jimallyn
If you are concerned about intel agencies accessing your information, there a a number of good websites dealing with that sort of thing. This might be a good place to start:

https://www.eff.org/

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:37 pm
by michael louwe
AustinChristTexas wrote:My USB external HardDrive is in D Drive slot and I can't/don't know how to get it where it needs to be so I can find it on the USB installer app in the video. It doesn't show up bc it's in the wrong drive slot. What can I do to fix this?
Normally, you connect a USB external hard-drive to the computer through the USB ports located on the outside of the laptop/computer and not through the internal drive slots or bays located inside the laptop or desktop tower.
... A USB external hard-drive usually consists of a normal internal hard-drive that is put inside an enclosure or casing together with a USB adaptor. This internal hard-drive can be unplugged from the USB enclosure/casing and then plugged into the hard-drive slot/bay inside the laptop or desktop.

Please refer to ... https://askubuntu.com/questions/446682/ ... hard-drive
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=122276
(for Legacy BIOS install of LM on external hard-drive, ie not UEFI)

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:12 pm
by pbear
Here's a strategy for UEFI. A bit complicated and haven't tested myself yet, but fabien85 reports good results.

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:15 pm
by AustinChristTexas
DAMIEN1307 wrote:the first mistake most newbies make in trying to install from usb is that they havent gone into the bios to signify that the usb is the first boot device in sequence...its easy to do...first plug the usb into the usb slot...next, while starting up the computer either f2 or delete button to bring up bios...from there go into the boot sector and designate the usb as the first boot device...press f10 to save and reboot...usb linux mint iso should come up...just follow the install instructions very carefully from there...DAMIEN

Aight thank you so much for that!

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:16 pm
by AustinChristTexas
Thanks all for help. If I have any more q's I'll ask.

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:30 pm
by DAMIEN1307
hey austin...just let me know if that worked for you OK?...DAMIEN

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:13 pm
by sbroccolo
If you are having trouble creating a bootable "Live" USB in Windows, Rufus, a free download, is your best bet.
If building one yourself is not an option, you can buy one from the Linux Mint store for $15. Make sure you pick the correct, 32 or 64 bit, version.
As far as using an external HDD versus a USB stick, they boot the same. But using an HDD for Live is a bit of a waste.
However, booting from a Live USB stick then installing onto an external HDD is an excellent approach if installing onto your machines internal HDD is not an option or just something you wish to avoid.
Follow the previous directions on changing the BIOS to allow booting from a USB device.

Good Luck!

Re: Need help installing Linux Mint, all intel agencies trying to stop me

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:59 pm
by nullsteph
I had a little trouble with a USB but simply ensuring BIOS was set to EUFI and using a USB2 port solved it.
I created a bootable USB using the DD command.

Bootable ISO->USB

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 sudo dd if=/path/to/image.iso of=/dev/sdb