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  • That's an easy one. I have an older Acer laptop and the only distro that ran out of the box was PcLinuxOs, even the webcam worked.
    Another good one is Linux Mint. Simply download the .iso and burn it on CD/DVD and boot from it...
    If you like what you see, hit the INSTALL button and answer the upcoming questions. That's all.

    Answered by cgilson
    3 years ago
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  • Did u try to install Linux as well as Vista i..e dual booting OR u couldn't boot from ur Linux setup CD /DVD..... like MBR probs ! If the Linux CD / DVD did not identify by ur comp, then try to change the cd /dvd rom drive and check with fresh one OR even u can change ur setup disk for the same. Any linux distro has capability to erase any existing OS and install the same linux on the same comp. Or u can try this command (if mbr probs) from rescue mode: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1.
    Before doing the job please take all necessary backups !!

    Answered by rechil_colin
    3 years ago
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  • Hi..first insert Linux cd and install as a boot from Linux-cd.. It will install without using any hard disk or changing ur current OS. Inside on desktop you will get option Install Linux.. Then you can choose your hard disk partition and remove current os..

    Answered by prakash.katudia
    3 years ago
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  • First, I'll assume that you have a CD/DVD-player. If not, a USB CD/DVD-player can be purchased from a local Staples Office Store for about $30. Next, visit a store that sells Linux magazines and choose one that has a CD or DVD with Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Fedora install. Start the computer, open the player tray and put the CD into it. You may need to restart with the CD drawer closed and choose the option to get the boot menu to choose the player. From there, the Linux distribution version should boot up and allow you to install Linux. When completely installed, restart the computer and get all the updates. (You'll need wireless or Ethernet connectivity to the Internet.) Good luck. Enjoy Linux!

    Answered by madmod
    3 years ago
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  • There is not a simple "override" option. Depending on whether you want only Linux or to dual boot Linux and Vista, the method is diffferent.

    If you only want Linux, just boot your install cd and during setup, tell it to use the whole disk. To do this, the installer may make you remove exisiting partition layout first, but most installers give you a graphical or ncurses based tool for doing it.

    To have bother Vista and Linux, you'll need to make room for the Linux install first because as shipped, your whole hard drive will be allocated to the Vista installation. Many graphical based installers will allow you to shrink your Windows installation first. Ubuntu-based distributions have had the resize tool for years. Some other distributions will expect you to do a resize first.

    Assuming yours makes you do it yourself first, the easiest way is to use a tool. There are bootable cds that contain gparted that can shrink the ntfs filesystem and then the Windows partition for you. There are also command line tool for doing it, too. I'd recomend that most people not do it on command line, though. Either way, the tools are good and I've not had issues after using any of them.

    Be careful if you are doing the resize yourself. If you alter any recovery partition, it may make it unuseable, so be sure to burn a set of recovery cds/dvds from it first. Also, shut your Windows down cleanly before booting a livecd for installation or resizing. Many tools will not allow you to apply changes if it finds an unclean shutdown.

    Answered by tdr
    3 years ago
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  • When you say "override" do you mean (1) remove Vista? or do you mean (2) choose between Vista & Linux.

    If you mean (1) remove Vista then you would backup your data, and install Linux via an installation CD such as RedHat, SUSE, Ubuntu. This will re-format your hard drive and install a fresh copy of Linux.

    If you want have it side-by-side where you can choose then you would have to re-partition your hard drive to "shrink" your Windows Vista partition and install Linux along side Windows and it will setup a boot manager in the process, where by you can choose if you want to boot into Linux or Vista.

    In any case when you are ready to install Linux you will probably have to access a boot menu upon powering up your laptop such as [F10] or [F12] and choose boot from CD to install.

    Answered by ktama
    3 years ago
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  • If I understand you correctly, you must first set booting from cd/dvd/usb-flash if you want to start some instalation Overiding sould be done during linux instalation, you will be promptet probably. For further answer please write further info.

    Answered by 012345JOsh
    3 years ago
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  • You Can install virtual machine system,Reference material

    Answered by aoyiteled
    3 years ago
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