October 12, 2015

Installing Linux Mint on a new laptop, advice please?

I recently bought a new HP Pavilion laptop running Windows 10. I want to install Linux Mint on a separate partition so I am able to jump back and use windows for small OS exclusive things such as games. The first problem I encountered is that the only usb drive I have on hand is one GB while the latest Linux Mint release is 1.5 GB. My original intention was to scale back to an earlier release which would fit on the usb drive, so I downloaded Mint 13 and prepared the drive with unetbootin. This idea was for the purpose of getting into Linux quickly so I could start moving my files over and possibly upgrade at a later date when I get a new usb drive. Since the process is already delayed, could somebody tell me the specific benefits of more recent releases to justify getting a new usb? After this I loaded BIOS and changed the boot order, but this is where I ran into problems. I've set my laptop to load the main drive last, but Linux Mint will not boot from the usb. I have tried this several times with no luck. I am probably making an elementary error since I am not very knowledgeable in this area. Please make some suggestions and help me with this.

As robdogj said, I think the DVD option is your best bet. Your new laptop may...

As robdogj said, I think the DVD option is your best bet. Your new laptop may well be running UEFI and protected boot, so it wont boot to your USB unless it was EFI formatted like a Win10 restore USB. I had the same problem with mine, and had to turn off EFI and safe boot in the bios, and then boot to the Linux mint USB. I don't think you will be able to duel boot either unless you can install Windows 10 in standard Bios mode, but I'm not sure that's possible, I may be wrong though. Which ever you try, be sure to make a Win10 recovery USB first, as installing Linux Mint will wipe your recovery partition. Great choice with Linux Mint 17, an excellent distro!

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does the boot menu see the drive? did you go into bios and enable USB booting...

does the boot menu see the drive? did you go into bios and enable USB booting? I've seen the USB drive show up under boot HDD where you have to lower the main HDD to boot the USB

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There are a few alternative steps to take....

There are a few alternative steps to take.
1.Restart your computer, except hold shift while clicking "Restart."
2.A special settings menu will appear. Click "Boot from a device" or similar, then go to something like "USB device." The computer will then reboot into the USB.
Hope I helped :)

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May I suggest you try to run Linux Mint 17 from Live Dvd first, to see if...

May I suggest you try to run Linux Mint 17 from Live Dvd first, to see if there are any issues running the OS. Personally I think this might be your best option. That way you can see how the OS works on your hardware.

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