Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 51 to 75 of 75
  1. #51
    Thailand Expat
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Last Online
    29-02-2012 @ 08:44 PM
    Posts
    3,539
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Linux Mint 9 ("Isadora") was released recently. This is a very user friendly, good looking release, and again you can download the .iso image from this link and burn it to a DVD
    I've downloaded and installed the basic Gnome version that fits on a CD in my Parallels virtual machine. Nice distro.


    Click for full size - Uploaded with plasq's Skitch

  2. #52
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    In a nutshell, and lots of busted nuts actually... lol

    I have an older Toshiba Satellite (5yrs old??) that I am trying to load Ubuntu on.

    Machine is fine with the exception of the DVD CD drive is kaput.

    I have tried to load using WUBI and going to the third option of not having a drive etc.

    All seems ok up to a certain point where its looking for the drive, I am using a USB drive to run the disc, but the machine looks for the original drive....

    The boot sequence only allows booting from HDD, FDD or CD. Otherwise my thumbdrive would suffice. No option to boot from that.

    I am NOT interested in a dual boot system, intended to use the machine soley as a Linux station.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    E. G.

    PS am a total fu wit with operating systems etc.
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  3. #53
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    No sooner than posting the last item, the damn machine rebooted and gave me the option of windows or Ubuntu... selected and was finishing the install stuff and got the following msg...

    unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    looks like it still wants to use the original drive instead of the USB drive the disc is loaded on.

    E. G.


    EDIT: is there a way to force the machine to look at the USB drive??
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  4. #54
    Pronce. PH said so AGAIN!
    slackula's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Behind a slipping mask of sanity in Phuket.
    Posts
    9,093
    Quote Originally Posted by El Gibbon
    unable to find a medium containing a live file system
    You could try the Damn Small Linux boot floppy with USB support.

    http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...floppy-usb.img

    You could also try completely disabling the CD/DVD drive in the BIOS and trying wubi again.
    bibo ergo sum
    If you hear the thunder be happy - the lightening missed.
    This time.

  5. #55
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    erm.... disabling cd/dvd in bios.... how to?

    Like I mentioned previously... am an idjiot at bios and such

    E, G,
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  6. #56
    Pronce. PH said so AGAIN!
    slackula's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Behind a slipping mask of sanity in Phuket.
    Posts
    9,093
    Quote Originally Posted by El Gibbon
    erm.... disabling cd/dvd in bios.... how to?

    Like I mentioned previously... am an idjiot at bios and such
    When the machine is starting you hit a key (normally F1 or Esc) and it will bring up a screen where various basic settings can be changed. Normally you use the arrow keys to navigate around and the F9 or F10 to save and exit or exit without saving.

    If you are not sure what you are doing then be very, very careful because it is quite easy to make it a paperweight by fiddling with BIOS settings.

    If you change something and you think you have made a mistake then exit WITHOUT SAVING and start all over again.

    There should be an option somewhere to completely disable the CD/DVD.

    Have you tried using wubi without the usb drive attached? I thought wubi had the option to download and install ubuntu by itself?
    bibo ergo sum
    If you hear the thunder be happy - the lightening missed.
    This time.

  7. #57
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    Quote Originally Posted by slackula View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by El Gibbon
    erm.... disabling cd/dvd in bios.... how to?

    Like I mentioned previously... am an idjiot at bios and such
    When the machine is starting you hit a key (normally F1 or Esc) and it will bring up a screen where various basic settings can be changed. Normally you use the arrow keys to navigate around and the F9 or F10 to save and exit or exit without saving.

    If you are not sure what you are doing then be very, very careful because it is quite easy to make it a paperweight by fiddling with BIOS settings.

    If you change something and you think you have made a mistake then exit WITHOUT SAVING and start all over again.

    There should be an option somewhere to completely disable the CD/DVD.

    Have you tried using wubi without the usb drive attached? I thought wubi had the option to download and install ubuntu by itself?
    WUBI was with a cd (ISO)

    Don't know about downloading and installing by itsedlf. Will go and have a gander.

    What I need I think is a method of downloading and installing without any other device other than the HDD. Maybe wrong but can't see much else.

    The ISO disc I burned goes right to the WUBI which I've tried many times.

    E. G.
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  8. #58
    Pronce. PH said so AGAIN!
    slackula's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Behind a slipping mask of sanity in Phuket.
    Posts
    9,093
    Quote Originally Posted by El Gibbon
    Don't know about downloading and installing by itsedlf. Will go and have a gander.
    Wubi is a tool to install Ubuntu from within windows. It is not supposed to be burned on a disk, it is an exe file so it should download to windows and then you click and run it.
    bibo ergo sum
    If you hear the thunder be happy - the lightening missed.
    This time.

  9. #59
    disturbance in the Turnip baldrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Last Online
    Today @ 03:54 PM
    Location
    Heidleberg
    Posts
    22,016
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    a good place to buy those ? how much are they now ?
    chin land - have a look on alibaba.com

    CMOS is getting better , but not sure it is as good as CCD for fast motion yet

  10. #60
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    Quote Originally Posted by slackula View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by El Gibbon
    Don't know about downloading and installing by itsedlf. Will go and have a gander.
    Wubi is a tool to install Ubuntu from within windows. It is not supposed to be burned on a disk, it is an exe file so it should download to windows and then you click and run it.
    Down loaded a fresh version of Wubi, ran it and it looked for the drive for some reason....... locked up and stopped.

    Checked my boot menu and there isn't a way to turn off access to the drive....

    This is becoming a real pain in the ass. Wanted to use this machine for linux but looks like I'm doomed without an "expert" to accomplish it.

    E. G.
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  11. #61
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    Forgot to add that my Acer Aspire One dual boots just as advertised with my thumb drive.

    E. G.
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  12. #62
    Member
    harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:49 PM
    Posts
    63,517
    Hard to see what's wrong here. Most Netbooks don't have optical drives, so a lot of distros will boot and even run off USB drives.

    But if you are saying this box is so old it won't boot from a USB, then WUBI is your best solution.

    Let me get this right - you can boot up windows on this box and connect it to the 'net?

    If so, go to Wubi - Ubuntu Installer for Windows and click the Download button. Don't even have your External optical Drive plugged in.

    Wubi should download and execute (you might have to "run" it when it asks, I can't remember), and then it will download the other components it needs.

    At no point should anything be "loaded on the USB Drive".


    Ubuntu shouldn't "look for a drive", since it's installing in a safe area of your Windows drive.

    So if something is looking for a drive, then it sounds like something in Windows is screwed (Office maybe - that often gets stuck looking for components on the original install disks?).

    As for reinstalling, which would be one option, I can't really tell you how to do it without the original bootable optical drive.

    The only thing I can think of is perhaps look at a BIOS upgrade to see if there is a later version that supports booting from USB devices.

    If you can give us a model number we can have a look for you.


  13. #63
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    OK seems I've buggered up this thread somewhat.

    So to clarify things.

    The Net book Aspire One is fine.
    The issue is with the Toshiba Satellite (19 in) with the following numbers


    M45-S351 system unit
    model #PSN480U-01xxxxx

    I down loaded a clean (new) Wubi and tried an install. ( I am not interested in a dual boot machine, this is to use Linux only and play with it.) Selection #2, it seems to work for a few minutes and then I can here the ODD try and spin up.. rattle rattle and I get the following msg.

    EDIT: Permission denied

    see log file: c:\docume~1\admin~\locals~1\temp\wubi-10.04-rev189.log


    The machine's ODD is flocked, I looked at the BIOS (escp.... F1), it does not allow boot from USB nor is there a place to disable the ODD.

    Now Wubi seems to work up to a certain point, then I hear the drive try and start and Wubi closes/locks

    Hope this helps clarify my issues.


    E. G.
    Last edited by El Gibbon; 27-05-2010 at 06:56 PM.
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  14. #64
    Hello World
    melvbot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Infinite Loop
    Posts
    5,927
    Deleted
    The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth

  15. #65
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    Well looks like problem solved. Ubuntu is up and running, who knows or cares how.

    Tried the Wubi again this AM, failed after about 2 hours. Tried again and it went through.

    Have no idea what the problem was. Maybe a communication problem with the web that caused hiccups and shut down the process.

    No idea whatsoever why it was indicated by the ODD trying to start.

    But success,

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    The communication problem (if that is what it is) were the farthest from my mind as I was using my netbook all day yesterday and didn't notice any drops or inet failures...

    E. G.
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  16. #66
    Thailand Expat
    peterpan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Pleasantville
    Posts
    10,110
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's very easy, and it's called WUBI.

    Wubi - Ubuntu Installer for Windows

    Perhaps you should try it Gerbil? It might make you look less of a troll.
    Well flucked now, DL'd Wubi and on reboot the selected boot the Ubuntu option, it went thru the process of setting itself up. I just let it run until the end, and switched off and tried to reboot itself. All I have now is a no signal notice on the screen and a spinning HD. I would get marmite around to assist but I can't afford the beer to keep him running. HELP plse
    There canít be good living where there is not good drinking

  17. #67
    Thailand Expat lom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Trapped in an old mans body
    Posts
    8,710
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    I would get marmite around to assist but I can't afford the beer to keep him running. HELP plse
    I ain't got the heart to take that job away from him

  18. #68
    Thailand Expat
    El Gibbon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    01-07-2017 @ 03:32 PM
    Location
    Udon Thani
    Posts
    2,109
    I am no expert as validated by some of the posts above. I tried it many many times before I got it working.

    Me thinks that ANY corruption of the files downloading causes big problems. Finally got mine working today. Worth a try anyway. Try running Wubi again.

    E. G.
    "If you can't stand the answer --
    Don't ask the question!"

  19. #69
    Member
    harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:49 PM
    Posts
    63,517
    I'd echo that if Wubi fails, run it again. But it might be that it's had problems writing the boot records.

    You should be able to easily repair Windows by booting from the Windows CD and following the simple repair procedure.

    Out of interest, there's a new distribution release out that looks great for Netbooks. It combines Moblin (Intel's netbook linux) and Maemo (Nokia's platform for the N900).

    It's quite web centric but has email client and media player, etc.

    I'm downloading it now and I'll give it a try and report back.
    MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release | MeeGo

  20. #70
    Member
    harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:49 PM
    Posts
    63,517

    Meego (= Moblin + Maemo = Intel + Nokia)

    Very interesting!

    It would seem Meego is aimed at Netbooks and Nokia tablet devices, presumably in competition with the iTampon.

    It's rumoured to be coming on the Nokia 920 and Intel may start manufacturing phones and other devices.

    It's got a real Moblin feel to it, and it's extremely responsive on the Atom processor.

    I installed it over a dual boot PCLinuxOS/Windows 7 system, and it seamlessly replaced Linux and added Windows to the boot menu, so no problems there.

    Looks a but sparse on the application front (well it is 1.0!), but it has Evolution express for email and an IM client that supports Yahoo, Facebook chat, MSN, Google Talk and lots of others. The default browser is Google Chrome.

    Now I'm trying to work out what applications are available and how to get them downloaded. There's no obvious sign of an application repository, or something like Synaptic, but perhaps that's yet to come.

    As I play around I'll post more.

    Added:

    OK I found that it has a Gadget Toolbar (wonder where they got that idea?) with 1000+ desktop widgets, which I'm ploughing through now. Has Facebook notifications, clocks, Battery meters, Wifi monitors, etc.

    Added:

    Impressive list of supporters:

    http://forum.meego.com/showthread.php?t=46

    Compatible devices:

    http://wiki.meego.com/Compatible_devices_with_MeeGo
    Last edited by harrybarracuda; 29-05-2010 at 02:27 AM.

  21. #71
    I am in Jail
    Butterfly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Last Online
    01-02-2019 @ 03:12 PM
    Posts
    39,832
    nice,

    tablet PC ? does HP have one ?

  22. #72
    Member
    harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:49 PM
    Posts
    63,517
    They talked about the HP Slate in January, and at the time commented:

    It certainly seems that 2010 will be filled with entries in the tablet PC market, though, providing users with a variety of options for flat-panel, touch-screen, Web-enabled devices to replace more cumbersome netbooks and notebooks.
    It remains to be seen if the Apple "iSlate" or Microsoft "Courier" will actually materialize, but HP, Dell, Lenovo, Fusion Garage, and a plethora of other manufacturers are all lining up a diverse array of tablet PC's to release this year.
    I must admit, I like my Netbook, so I'm not rushing out to buy an iTampon clone from anyone.


  23. #73
    Member
    harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:49 PM
    Posts
    63,517

    OpenSuse 11.3 released

    And it has excellent Netbook support, and will sync with Android, iPhone and Blackberry.

    More here:

    Portal:11.3 - openSUSE

  24. #74
    Member
    harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:49 PM
    Posts
    63,517
    And there's a new release aimed at beginners which seems to have a good selection of software included. It's called NETRUNNER 2.

    Features

  25. #75
    Member
    harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:49 PM
    Posts
    63,517

    Linux for the over 70's

    Storming Norman, as he is jocularly known, is a long serving expat here in the sandpit, and has a seven year old NEC laptop the size of a couple of breeze blocks, which finally had the disk go tits up on him. He had it replaced here and they stuck on Win XP with the pestering Genuine Advantage crap, so he asked me to fix it.

    I asked him what he did with it, and he said "Web surfing, Hotmail, cards".

    So I stuck Lubuntu on it, with Google Chrome as the browser and a ton of free solitaire games, and this over 70-year old not particularly computer savvy geezer went on his way. Next time I saw him, he told me how much faster it was and how much he likes it.

    That ought to convince people that Linux is nothing to be afraid of, if nothing else does.

    And it found everything OOTB as well (except for the Wifi driver, because this thing is so old it doesn't have one - but the LAN adapter worked fine).

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •