XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:13 pm

Karlsweldt wrote:No, that is a different "deck of cards" concerning passwords or user names for programming. But if the BIOS is not configured exactly as the system is set up, some devices or features may not be accessible.

I sent you a PM about some general password problems. But if Linux set a password on access to the 'root', it likely was some key function or sequence you executed.


I'm just trying to get the ubuntu live dvd to boot. It gets all the way to the desktop. That's when it asks for a username & password.

I didn't set any kind of root password for it, because it never let me in. :(


Would a fresh ISO image burn disc be of any help? Is there any way to force the Live DVD to boot?
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby Mr T » Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:43 am

Why not try it from a pen drive...? You can install multiple distro's on one pendrive if it is big enough and it saves on DVD/CD's...
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:05 am

Mr T wrote:Why not try it from a pen drive...? You can install multiple distro's on one pendrive if it is big enough and it saves on DVD/CD's...


Don't have one to use. But I do have plenty of DVDs :)
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Xubuntu 14.04 (command prompt only no graphic desktop)
Kubuntu 14.04.2 (command prompt only no graphic desktop)
Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.2 (command prompt only no graphic desktop)
Linux Mint KDE 17.2 (stays in and endless username / password loop)

If I could get them to fully boot just once. Then I could see if there worth all the trouble.
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby Karlsweldt » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:13 pm

If your optical drive has seen many hours of use, maybe a quick cleaning of the laser lens may resolve some problems.
Even in a home or elsewhere that no one smokes, pollutants can cloud the lens, compromising the accuracy of the scanning laser.
Takes less than 2 minutes, using the laser cleaning disk.
Is the BIOS boot order set for the optical drive as first choice?
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:48 am

I tried cleaning the drive, and yes the disc drive is the first boot device.
Same results.
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Well after some extensive trial & error. I narrowed down my choices to:

Debian Cinnamon
Zorin 10 Core
Peppermint
Mageia 5

Where can I find the most complete list of Linux Applications to replace various Windows Applications?

IE:
WinAmp [Windows] replace it with ?
FreeAVG, SpyBot S&D, CCLeaner, etc replace it with?
Microsoft Silverlight (netflix) replace it with?

I'm looking for the most compatible Linux alternative applications.

Do I install them like I would a Windows Application?
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:53 am

All you need do is use the proper parsing for knowing what will work on Linux, if based for Windows or other OS type.
For Windows games in Linux, many may require an emulator.. from Linux.com/ .
WIKI lists some info about games and the platform sources.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_gaming
And for apps for Linux.. https://www.linux.com/directory/Software/applications
WINE is likely a preferred environment in Linux for many apps.. https://www.winehq.org/

Be wary of any sites that throw a pop-up window to you warning of a virus or problem on your computer!! Could be malware.
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:52 pm

Ok so I'm almost set to make the switch. I plan to go from Windows XP to Debian 8 (Cinnamon)

What would be the best way to backup the most important XP files so I can move them to Linux?

MP3, WMA, WAV, AVI, TXT, pics, SeaMonkey Bookmarks, etc?

I have an external HDD that I can move the files to. If it matters its a 2TB
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How should I setup the HDD? Any particular way to organize the files so Linux can see them easier?

I don't want to loose mt SeaMonkey Bookmarks. How do I make sure I save them all?
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby Karlsweldt » Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:25 am

Some files and folders may be tagged as "read only" or "hidden". You would need a cloning program that would do 100% copy over, regardless of attribute or tag name. Total Commander from http://www.ghisler.com/ is one of the best, and works cross-platform. Not expensive, and works seamlessly with almost all OS types. Can be configured to view almost any folder or file.
Create a 'root' folder on the external drive, for backup if needed in a restore. And a 'programs' folder, with sub-folders for categories of use.. music, photos, games, whatever.
Windows has a "link" folder, with the access path for all features, programs and files.. including 'recent'. Copy any file with a "*.lnk" name over also. Don't forget your passwords copy over!
Some programs are written for Windows OS use only, so an emulator may be needed.
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:01 pm

When I run the Debian LiveDVD it only finds one of my internal HDDs. My c/ drive, while my other is not found.
But Linux will find the USB external HDD I install. How do I get Linux to see my other internal HDD?
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Re: XP to Linux: Which, Where, How?

Postby evasive » Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:32 am

Sounds like it's formatted as extended partition or maybe you are using EFS... Let me try and find info.
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