March 28, 2016

Installing Linux Mint -- what did I do wrong?

I burned the copy of Linux mint 17.3 onto a disk and afterwards restarted it on my windows 8.1 but nothing happened. I really hate windows 8.1 and I want to change it to linux.

It could be that you did not use the "Burn Image" function of your DVD...

It could be that you did not use the "Burn Image" function of your DVD burning software. This is a special function. You do not just copy the ISO file to the DVD like regular data files. The "Burn Image" function is what makes the DVD bootable.

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You might also consider whether you burned the *.iso file onto your disc as a...

You might also consider whether you burned the *.iso file onto your disc as a bootable image or if you merely copied the file to your disc.

Some free DVD burning software for you to select from include:
BurnAware Free http://www.burnaware.com
ImgBurn http://www.imgburn.com
CDBurnerXP http://cdburnerxp.se

You can also install ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP using Ninite: www.ninite.com. They will be listed under the Utilities section.

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It sounds like you need to change the boot order from within your computer's...

It sounds like you need to change the boot order from within your computer's BIOS. Make sure your installation media is already connected(USB) or in the optical drive(DVD). Reboot into the BIOS and set it to boot from the optical drive or USB first(depending on which method you're using), then the hard disk, then save the settings and exit. Upon rebooting, it should find your media and boot from it first as opposed to the hard drive.

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Do you have the BIOS set to boot from the CD drive first? Check that..

Do you have the BIOS set to boot from the CD drive first?
Check that..

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