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ok so I have another dilema. I keep getting an error (error 1) when I try to make a bootable linux usb to install from and it says the USb wont be bootable. I would burn it to a disc, but my rig doesnt have a disk drive. anyone run into this problem? is there any way to resolve this error?
any chance I could boot from a mounted image of linux?
Are you using something like unebootin, pen drive Linux or lili to make the bootable USB?
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Are you using something like unebootin, pen drive Linux or lili to make the bootable USB?
universal usb installer from

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloa...al-USB-Install
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For making a bootable usb drive....unetbootin is the way to go IMHO.... you really don't have to do much, follow the prompts, pick your distro from the dropdown menu and follow the prompts. I've had good luck with it. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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For making a bootable usb drive....unetbootin is the way to go IMHO.... you really don't have to do much, follow the prompts, pick your distro from the dropdown menu and follow the prompts. I've had good luck with it. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
tried it, it installed on the usb no problem, however every time I tried to boot from it windows would say

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loading operating system....

remove any disk or media.
press any key to restart.

what the fudge? why is this happening?

do you think its possible ot boot it on a virtual machine and install it on a partition of my harddrive?
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you cannot just install linux unless you want a pure "text based" OS. you will want a linux distro such as fedora or ubuntu.

Popular Linux distros

the reason i don't use linux myself is poor application support. i was very aggrivated that whenever i needed to listen to music, or watch a movie, it had to download a new codec. i really wish it would have them built in. even vlc doesn't have them all built in.
Depending on the distro, they won't include anything proprietary. Fedora for example. The mp3 codec (lame), and DVD decoding for playback are both proprietary, and both take 10 seconds to download using the repo manager. Ubuntu may be different, but Fedora is what I'm familiar with. As for playing videos, I have no idea what you're talking about. Beyond needing DVD playback and ffmpeg, VLC will play anything you ask it to.

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I'd wholeheartedly recommend Linux for anyone who only uses their computer for web browsing and listening to music, etc. It's also important to note that if you have any hardware that requires drivers, it's harder to find those drivers for Linux if the hardware isn't that popular.
Not true. I've only run into one piece of hardware that didn't have working drivers, a fakeraid card controller. If by not popular, you mean obscure, then we might agree. There were old ones for Red Hat, but I couldn't get them working.

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I don't understand why it is prefeered Linux to surf the web and why you need linux for music.

With windows you can do the same. Equallly or better.

Someoen enlight me.
If that's all you want to do, why not save the $150+ you would spend on windows?

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or you could skip all that BS, use windows,
and dl chrome and open it in 2 seconds
yum install chrome-unstable
(that's the -dev channel equivalent)
I don't even have to bother opening a browser.


@OP
I think I saw something about your trying Mint. Is that correct? It might not just be creating the live image correctly. Also what is it formatted as? fat or ntfs?

Anyone know if other liveusb creators will work with any distro?
Usbuntu and Fedora live usb creator are two that I know of, but have no idea if they work with only Ubuntu and Fedora respectively.
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OP: try different desktop managers... if you dont like one because it feels too windows ish or dont like another because you feel they are too mac ish... there is tons to play with

you can just burn live cd's of distros that use the different desktop managers by default if you wanna try them out without virtual machine problems and without installing... stuff like #! (crunchbang) that uses neither gnome or kde is a more enjoyable experience imho

i dont like kde or gnome really... they are fine and i can use them and dont mind them too much, but i really prefer something different like openbox with a nice panel like tint2 which just so happens to be the default in #!

and if you find a different DE that you like, you dont even need to switch distros, you can just install it in mint and run it instead of gnome (believe mint uses gnome... could be wrong, ive never touched it)

if you REALLY think linux isnt as customizable as people say... you havent looked very hard :/ and if you REALLY think linux is a lot like windows without much advantage... you havent found the cool stuff yet like the package manager
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OP: try different desktop managers... if you dont like one because it feels too windows ish or dont like another because you feel they are too mac ish... there is tons to play with

you can just burn live cd's of distros that use the different desktop managers by default if you wanna try them out without virtual machine problems and without installing... stuff like #! (crunchbang) that uses neither gnome or kde is a more enjoyable experience imho

i dont like kde or gnome really... they are fine and i can use them and dont mind them too much, but i really prefer something different like openbox with a nice panel like tint2 which just so happens to be the default in #!

and if you find a different DE that you like, you dont even need to switch distros, you can just install it in mint and run it instead of gnome (believe mint uses gnome... could be wrong, ive never touched it)

if you REALLY think linux isnt as customizable as people say... you havent looked very hard :/ and if you REALLY think linux is a lot like windows without much advantage... you havent found the cool stuff yet like the package manager
I really have only used it for a couple minutes, its pretty fun I like the interface from what I did. however I want to dual boot it before I make any permanant moves, and I cant seem to boot it to install it. see my post a few posts up.
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I really have only used it for a couple minutes, its pretty fun I like the interface from what I did. however I want to dual boot it before I make any permanant moves, and I cant seem to boot it to install it. see my post a few posts up.
its probably something silly like an option for boot order in your bios

EDIT: also, making changes in a VM is no big deal, you can learn and break it as many times as you want... probably better to screw around with customizing there first so you can see all your options and stuff without really doing anything youd regret on a full install
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I really have only used it for a couple minutes, its pretty fun I like the interface from what I did. however I want to dual boot it before I make any permanant moves, and I cant seem to boot it to install it. see my post a few posts up.
Um, you can install while being in Mint. On the live CD Mint desktop, there should be an icon that says something like "Install Mint".
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Ubuntu is a distribution (or distro, more commonly) of Linux. Like many others you've probably or probably not heard of; Arch Linux, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Gentoo, SUSE, RedHat, and many more. They're basically different derivatives of Linux.
Some of those are different to others. Ubuntu is based on Debian, Gentoo is based on a portal package management system. Novell now own SuSe and charge for it, but there is still the OpenSuSe project.

I'd personally go for Ubuntu (Xubuntu, because I prefer XCFE) or Fedora Core
    
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