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Wait... I think I know where I got lost. I am worrying that on boot, my computer will launch Windows automatically and crash (driver issues with different boards etc). I can select the USB as the boot device, can't I? From there, just run through the install process, right?
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Yes.
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OK...In order

1) The discussion was basically about a simple splash screen facility, called Plymouth, causing problems for the proprietary ATi driver on distros that use it. Since the one I recommended for gamers, SolydXK, uses it, that would have been a concern if you used ATi. Since you have nVidia, no worries. Also, since you've chosen Mint instead, no worries.

2) If Windows boots and crashes so what? That's nothing to worry about. No kittens will be strangled. OTOH if it is useless, why not just destroy it and dedicate the whole box to Linux?

3) If you wipe windows from the hard drive, and therefore have no bootloader on the hard drive, you shouldn't even have to bother selecting USB as most BIOSes will search the list for any existing bootloader, not that Boot Order selection is a big deal at all, just saying..... I can't yet understand why you would even bother to backup a useless OpSys, unless you have some plans to repair it, but even still a fresh install would be better. If you wish to have windows on it, it should be installed first. Often it doesn't play nice with others upon install.
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Late response, sorry!

The thing with me sweating Windows trying to boot is dealing with the slow process of the BSOD and the restart. I know if it crashes it won't actually do anything. And I'm keeping it in case the replacement drive for my friend dies. I'm probably just going to create a backup, and then seal it in a .zip/.rar

Anyway, the replacement PSU is on the way... but I have a question: Which of these do I get?
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post #25 of 58
I think RPM stands for Red Hat Package Manager, so if you are going to run Mint it would be either Linux or Linux x64 depending on if you installed a 64 or 32 bit version of Mint.
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Thanks! I'm using the 64bit since it came with 6x2GB cards.
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post #27 of 58
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UPDATE:

Current Situation
I now have the computer back together in one piece, spare HDD booted with LM. Linux Mint was the choice that everyone has suggested I use. The computer is up and running! Mint is being installed now.

So, is there any way I can use Mint and pfSense? I would love to end up getting a few PCI/PCIe cards and make this my router, and also get a few HDD and have RAID10 for a NAS.

I also need to know what setting I could get a stable OC with.
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post #28 of 58
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Originally Posted by AcEsSalvation View Post

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So, is there any way I can use Mint and pfSense? I would love to end up getting a few PCI/PCIe cards and make this my router, and also get a few HDD and have RAID10 for a NAS.

...

No, Mint and pfSense are two separate operating systems. If you wanted to setup a NAS or something, I'd look at FreeNAS. If you wanted a router/firewall, I'd look at pfSense or monowall. Really any Linux distro or BSD can do what you want, some just specialize on certain things, providing a better (more polished) set of tools.
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post #29 of 58
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Ah. It's just that I was wanting a computer I could run some servers off of and serve as a custom router.
Also trying to figure out how to install Java. I followed the directions perfectly but...

I'll try again later. I bookmarked some guides.

EDIT: Got a 4.2GHz OC. Not sure how stable, but got great temperatures still.
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post #30 of 58
I believe Mint is a debian or ubuntu derivative so you should have apt-get on this box. What you could use that to install the "run time environment" (JRE) of Java (assuming you're not looking to do some java programming).

According to this page the command to run from a terminal window is
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sudo apt-get install default-jre

I'm not in front of a Linux machine a the moment to try it out but I don't know it wouldn't work. Seems like the easiest way to get Java JRE installed.
 
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