IBM Thinkpad 770Z Installation for a newbie
I have a IBM thinkpad 770Z / Pentium II 366 / 320MB RAM / DVD / External Floppy drive / Enhanced Video Adapter - VIVO card / 13.3 SXGA LCD 1280 x 1024 resolution / Linsys PMCCIA version 1 WPC 11 802.11b Wireless network card
I have the updated BIOS, will install OS from CD, has Windows XP currently installed (I installed it for testing and it works but I cannot activated as it is already activated on my home PC)
Mandrake Linux 7.2 one cd from Linux 4 Windows
Mandrake Linux 8.1 three cd from Linux central.com
Mandrake Linux 9.0 seven cd from ebay - was a copy on cdr - not excatly what was advertised
Red Hat 7 three cd from "red hat linux 7 for dummies" allong with the book
My experience with linux...none to speak of...only got one installation to work
Example #1 I bought Linux 4 windows and tried to test it on my windows pc and accidentealy installed it native and wiped out everything, it worked great
Examble #2 I bought the linux central cds and installed them in a virtual machine via VirtualPC 4.0, never got the sound to work palyed around with it for a while
Example #3 tried to install on laptop listed above the 7 cd set...system would hang up during the install gui ( Ieven left it overnight ..it said may take a while...) and never could get it to install
Example #4 thied to install 3 cd Linux central version on same laptop after getting hardrive cleaned up....same results as #3 system freezed up on the install gui...
after this I gave up and tried to go back to windows, hard drive was nonresponsive, fdisk and fips would not work, I even instlled into another pc as a slave and tried to use partition magic to clear the drive. partition magic said the drive was bad, , heck it was a laptop hdd and 6 years old
I broke down and boght a new 20 gig IBM hdd and put it in and put on windws xp....
OK the laptop works, everything smoothly....I need some help because obviously I am doing something wrong
is anybody willing to help out a complete noob get into the linux world