Which Linux Distros to try before "the switch"?

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Postby Mark H » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:05 am

Run the Windows 7 upgrade adviser to check compatibility. I found Windows 7 had all the drivers for my system.

If you have a spare hdd, try installing a distro of your choice to see boot times. Disconnect/remove your existing OS drive first.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:51 am

Should be no problem with your setup, BIGMAN131307.
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:45 am

I'll need to try the upgrade advisor later.

ATM I redone all the distro ISO discs. I've had slightly ( * ) better luck this time

Kubuntu 13.10 (Disc menu loads, load screen, stalls at load)
Lubuntu 13.10 & Ubuntu 13.10 (Disc menu loads, loads, error)
Elementary OS (unknown keyword config/ No UI config error)
Linuxmint (unknown keyword config/ No UI config error)
PC Linux (Boot screen, Load screen, File system check / Input/Output)
openSUSE 13.1 KDE & Gnome (Load, menu, boot, stall at desktop load)
Debian Live 7.4 KDE & Gnome (Load, boot, error)
StartOS 5.1 Live (disc did nothing)
Mageria 4 Live DVD Gnome & KDE (Boot, Load, Error)
Zorin OS 6.4 & 8.1 (Boot, Load, Error)

Open Mandriva (Boot, Load, login prompts / settings, Desktop) ( * ) :)

FYI: I'm posting this message while checking out Open Mandriva. ATM it's nothing special. I would really like to test the others out.

What else do I need to do? I went from 64 to 32 bit versions. That helped a lot, but
there not loading completely.


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Postby Karlsweldt » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:17 am

How new is your optical drive? May just need a lens cleaning for best reading of the data layer. The lens is polycarbonate, very attractive to dust and contaminants!
Even in a home where no one smokes, pollution in the air from cooking or outdoor sources can still collect on the laser lens.. and interfere with exact targeting of the data layer. One of those laser lens cleaner disks is easy and quick to use. But don't use any cleaning fluids that contain ammonia!! The lens can be discolored. An alternate is a long cotton swab stick, twirled gently over the lens.. if it can be accessed.
If the motherboard design is certified as x86, should be no problems with installing almost any 32-bit OS. But going with a 64-bit OS requires certification to x-64 standards. A 32-bit platform may find conflicts on an x64 design, but the design may default to x86. x86 and x64 differences:
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:38 pm

Karlsweldt wrote:How new is your optical drive? May just need a lens cleaning for best reading of the data layer. The lens is polycarbonate, very attractive to dust and contaminants!


The external drive I'm using is about two years old. I'll give it a cleaning.

Karlsweldt wrote:If the motherboard design is certified as x86, should be no problems with installing almost any 32-bit OS. But going with a 64-bit OS requires certification to x-64 standards.


I double checked my system and found it was only 32 bit. I used various online guides one being from Microsoft itself to check.
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Are any of the distros I am trying really good when running? Is there one there that a Windows user should enjoy using? Which ones have the
most used programs installed already?
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Postby evasive » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:34 am

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/K8MM3V.html

Features
- Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility Update
- Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit


Now there's your problem :P

Seriously, it says 64 bit is supported as well so any x64 Linux should run. However, unless I am reading wrong, you have not used any of the memory checkers on any of the linux CDs so far, right? Can you try that? Most of them have some sort of memory check tool as boot option.

Another thing might be the onboard VIA/S3 Unichrome not playing nice with any slightly modern linux distro. Looking into that too.
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:45 am

I gave a shot running Memtest on two of the distros.

Kubuntu 13.10 & Lubuntu 13.10

With Kubuntu 13.10 the disc seemed to load and the Kubuntu loading screen showed up. The flashing Kubuntu name, etc. That seemed to last for several minutes, while the drive kept reading the disc. But it stopped and nothing happened. :(

I tried with Lubuntu 13.10 and was able to run the MemTest. It took about 40 minutes, it passed with no errors. I was brought back to the main menu. Then I ran the disc error check. Unfortunately the disc seems to have errors with 38 files. :(

What would be the best way to correct this problem? New ISO downloads, and disc images? Best method to do it?

Is the Memtest needed for each distro disc?



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Postby Mr T » Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:20 am

Have you removed the ide cables and power cables from the internal ROM drives?
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:29 am

Mr T wrote:Have you removed the ide cables and power cables from the internal ROM drives?


Not yet, the internal DVD+/-RW works fine. The DVD-ROM drive is another
story. I've had some trouble with it before, last week it resurfaced. On the
day XP support ended the drive kept opening & closing. :?
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I'd like to make sure the Linux ISO's I download are good. Is there a good free program I can run in Windows to check all the MD5 checksums?
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Postby Karlsweldt » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:38 am

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download ... x?id=11533

There are many sources for this or similar programs to check the MD5 Checksum (Message Digest number 5). But safest to use the facility available directly from Microsoft®.
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