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[SOLVED]How to install Linux mint

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:17 pm
by Ayush29700
Please tell me how to install Linux mint cinnamon on a new laptop with dos operating system.

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:30 pm
by JerryF
You can find documentation here:

https://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:08 pm
by Rocky Bennett
You have a brand new laptop that running DOS? What version of DOS and what are the specs of the laptop?

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:34 pm
by Ayush29700
Rocky Bennett wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:08 pm
You have a brand new laptop that running DOS? What version of DOS and what are the specs of the laptop?
Yes,
Intel core i3 7th generation 4GB ddr4 ram 1TB HDD

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:26 pm
by Rocky Bennett
With specs like that you should be able to just download Linux Mint, put it on a USB stick and plug it in and fire it up.

Why just 4 gb of RAM? Memory is so cheap that even my old PCs have 16 gb of RAM and the new one that I am building has 32 gb.

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:36 am
by Rocky Bennett
Just a quick note to my above comments. I very recently put together an old laptop for my Grandson as a little play note book. It is a 10 year old HP that came with just 4 gb of RAM. First I installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.1 and the old laptop was a bit sluggish. After I played with it for awhile and was very disappointed in its performance I tried out Mint Xfce. That old laptop really worked nicely with Xfce.

So my advice is if you are stuck with just 4 gb of RAM you should try Xfce. It is a lightweight version of Linux Mint that works well in minimal systems.

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:50 am
by RIH
I would think that a 7th. generation i3 (2 years old) with 4 GB RAM would run Cinnamon 19.1 with no issues.

I don't know where the OP is from. but, in SE Asia, it is not unusual to buy equipment with NO operating system.
DOS is a bonus.. :D

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:51 am
by AscLinux
Rocky Bennett wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:26 pm
With specs like that you should be able to just download Linux Mint, put it on a USB stick and plug it in and fire it up.

Why just 4 gb of RAM? Memory is so cheap that even my old PCs have 16 gb of RAM and the new one that I am building has 32 gb.
First, it is not gb (gram-bars), it is GB (gigabytes).
Second, no car goes faster when you add 8 or 16 wheels to it. In particular with laptops not needed RAM will consume power which will result in increased heat and shorten battery life. Installing 32 GB of RAM which will never used is silly at least, even if it is a desktop.

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:09 am
by Pierre
Ayush29700 wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:34 pm
Rocky Bennett wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:08 pm
You have a brand new laptop that running DOS? What version of DOS and what are the specs of the laptop?
Yes,
Intel core i3 7th generation 4GB ddr4 ram 1TB HDD
in some cases, where you've purchased an New Machine:
- but you've Decline the Offer to Install Microsoft Windows on your New Machine
then your supplier will Test that New Machine with an DOS based Testing Method.
:o

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:19 am
by Rocky Bennett
^^^ Ahh yes. Now I understand about that DOS system. Thanks.

Re: How to install Linux mint

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:52 am
by jglen490
Actually, for an install, it makes no difference if the target machine has dos 5.0, windows 3.1, windows 10, dr.dos, or any other OS. If the PC or laptop is capable of accommodating Linux, the install can be and should be the same. The only possible impact is the presence of UEFI, and even then it depends on the manufacturer's implementation of UEFI, and may not be problematic.

Make sure the PC/laptop can boot a USB device, insert the USB device with the Live/install files, reboot, and watch the magic happen. The user gets to decide what to do, how to move aroound the Live presentation, install Mint, and the options to install.

Other than doing research on the hardware/firmware to determine any impediments, workarounds, firmware adjustments, the install is fairly simple and will likely be routine.

In my experience with both my old laptop (BIOS) and my not so old desktop (UEFI), the only difference was setting Secure Boot off/disabled in the desktop firmware - and that probably didn't need to be done. Everything else was paying attention to screens and options and knowing the differences between BIOS boot and UEFI boot processes.

The Mint install document covers all this pretty well.