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I'm planning to install Linux Mint and I want to do it from my USD pendrive.So I did everything as anyone'd normally do but when I select ''USB Drive'',I can't select which local disk it is.The dropdown list does not come down and stays blank.What should I do?And BTW,I'm new to this.
    
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This one might work better for you:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
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I'm planning to install Linux Mint and I want to do it from my USD pendrive.So I did everything as anyone'd normally do but when I select ''USB Drive'',I can't select which local disk it is.The dropdown list does not come down and stays blank.What should I do?And BTW,I'm new to this.

XP will still work after tomorrow, no need to panic. The support from Microsoft ends tomorrow but XP will continue to work.
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Thanks FastMHz!Finally installed Linux Mint............15 biggrin.gif Will update soon!
@silverr:but won't it become flooded with viruses and become unstable because of that or smth?Heard it wasn't safe.True?
    
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@silverr:but won't it become flooded with viruses and become unstable because of that or smth?Heard it wasn't safe.True?

It's not miraculously going to be horrendous after one day. As exploits become deployed/discovered there will be no patch mitigation though, so over a larger range of time you would potentially be more at risk.
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Mint is also my favorite distro. Has its roots in Ubuntu, but with a more traditional UI. It is a good XP replacement and runs well on the older hardware.
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Ok,relieved to know that.I was wondering..........if I could use Linux(from my USB drive) for everyday use(browsing,watching videos,etc) and stitch back to XP to occasionally play games.Would that keep the viruses off?

EDIT:when would I need to upgrade my Linux to 16?Any holes I'll fall into if I don't upgrade regularly?
EDIT 2:Thanks for the help everyone!
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Generally speaking, if your XP machine has a firewall enabled and you don't download stuff on it, it won't get infected. So yes, using XP just for games is fine.

Using Linux for your browsing and other internet activities is a good idea, as it's super secure.
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Ok thanks ladies and gentlemen and goodnight!
And about updates? biggrin.gif
    
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Mint 15 stops support in the near future. 17 will be out in may I believe. It is going to be an LTS with 5 year support so I wouldn't bother with 16 right now. But when 17 drops then upgrade.
 
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