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Any assistance would be appreciated. This is one weird problem. PC: 10 year old with 1.4GHz Athlon chip, 512 RAM, 620 G hard drive. CD-rom drive, no dvd drive. BIOS ...
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    Installation of Distro which is >800mb


    Any assistance would be appreciated. This is one weird problem.
    PC: 10 year old with 1.4GHz Athlon chip, 512 RAM, 620 G hard drive. CD-rom drive, no dvd drive. BIOS does not have the option of booting from USB. Do have 4 2.0 USB ports.

    Want to install a 954 MB Linux OS (Mint XFCE). Currently have Linux Mint 11 installed and the XFCE iso on the HD in downloads and can copy it to an 8 G stick.

    Can add Windows XP SP2 (and upgrade to SP3) and partition and format HD about any way but loose. Have tried both Unetbootin and PLOP with lousy results.

    Would really appreciate some simple instructions as to how to install Linux Mint XFCE. I'm not the sharpest knife in the Linux drawer.

    Assistance would be appreciated as I'd really like to try Linux Mint's rolling distro before putting it on my main computer. And I don't wish to put any bucks into my 10 year old computer.

    Thanks,
    Dick

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    How did you install Linux Mint 11? Have you tried installing unetbootin on Mint 11 and let unetbootin install the latest version for you? What was the problem with unetbootin?
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    Thanks for the reply.
    I installed Linux Mint 11 via the iso on cd which is less than 700 mb and then upgraded to the dvd version on line via the upgrade link provided by Mint 11.
    My problems with Unetbootin included the "loss" of Grub so XFCE would not boot as well as the install wiped my hard drive. i installed from my 8 g stick Unetbootin per Windows XP SP2. The Linux Unetbooten completely confused and perplexed me despite instructions from the site. As I mentioned, I ain't the sharpest knife in the Linux drawer.
    Help, please. I'm willing to install through Mint 11, but i wanted a bit of encouragement and confirmation that it could be done before I tried.
    Dick

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    . Have tried both Unetbootin and PLOP with lousy results.
    I have used a Plop Floppy to boot AntiX 11 on pendrive with unetbootin on Laptops with no usb 1.1 bios boot support. Mint might be different, or your hardware difference may be to blame for above quote. Not sure since no details provided.

    Maybe because I used my floppy is the difference here.
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    My problems with Unetbootin included the "loss" of Grub so XFCE would not boot as well as the install wiped my hard drive
    Sounds like you installed unetbootin to the wrong drive. Unetbootin is supposed to be installed to external Pendrive. Sounds like you pointed it to internal hardrive instead.
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    Thanks

    You know, not knowing any better or failing to understand the instructions, I did install Unetbootin to the hard drive.
    I'll let you know the results.
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    If you have Linux Mint 11 installed with its Grub2 bootloader, you should be able to boot your Mint/XFCE iso image from Grub2. There are numerous sites explaining this. Just google "boot iso image on hard drive from Grub2" or something similar. Try reading the link below:

    ISO Booting with Grub 2 - Ubuntu Forums

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