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post #1 of 15 Old 02-16-2010, 06:50 PM - Thread Starter
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SO I came across a nice dell inspiron mini, the white one. It's like 3 pounds, I love it. BUT it doesn't have an operating system. I would like to install Linux Mint, Or, Unbuntu. This laptop does not have a cd drive, only USB ports.


Please Advise?


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PS this would be my first time using Linux, I am excited, if I can get this to work of course.
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does itload by itself, or do I have to go through boot protocols?
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Dells typically use 'F12.'

TO install it to a USB (4GB min), just follow the steps on another computer (need admin rights).
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soI'musing UNETBootin to format my flashdrive...Iam then going to stickthe flash into my mini dell and hit f12.

Unet seems to be frozen on 4% though.I'mgoing to wait itout but it'sunusual,it's been stuck for about 5minutes...
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wondering,I have read that it is possible to switch between two OS's, I have windows on this computer...Iamthinking about testing my bootable drive on this computer... is this easy to do?
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I can't tell you why Unetbootin isn't working. Never used it.

Your last post, you're talking about a dual boot. Yes, it's very easy. The first thing you want to do is install Windows.

Then, you reboot with your thumbdrive plugged in. It will load Ubuntu's live disk/install up. Click install and it gives you a few options. I think they are "Use Entire Disk", "Install Side By Side" and "Advanced".

You want to choose "Install Side By Side". There is a slider there that will allow you to set your partition sizes. If you're going to use Windows more, give it more room...

Then you go through a fairly easy to understand install series of pages. Setting up your account, passwords, time zone...

When you reboot, it will pop up with GRUB. GRUB is the boot manager. Select Linux for Linux and Windows for Windows.

Very easy.
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So I got ahead of myself here. I I didnt know I had to partition my drive...I made the flash disk as instructed by the unbuntu site using UNET boot


now.

I go to the install and I get an error that reads this " Input/output error during write on /dev/sda"

I do not know the first thing about partitioning , so I tried messing with it. The flash drives does actually boot and stuff but the install has this error.

Please advise
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theres all this stuff about swapspaces, , root files....geez
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