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Thread: Big question here

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    Big question here

    I downloaded ubuntu and put it on my usb stick, but when I go to boot it, my computer runs the little dots, at the end it says running, then restarts my computer only to come to the same thing over and over again. This computer is a new Windows 7 laptop, but for reasons unimaginable am not able to load ANY OS besides puppy linux from a cd. Any help is appreciated

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    Re: Big question here

    Is there a way to upgrade from Puppy Linux to Ubuntu?

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    Re: Big question here

    I have to ask. Did you md5sum the download before you burned the ISO to the flash drive? Did you change the boot order in your BIOS to boot from the flash drive first. Try burning the ISO on a CD and booting from that (again change the boot order to boot from the CD drive first).
    No. You cannot change from Puppy to Ubuntu. Two different OS.
    Last edited by Rex Bouwense; November 28th, 2010 at 06:36 PM. Reason: Additional Information

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    Re: Big question here

    I did not md5sum the download, I have no idea how to do that.

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    Re: Big question here

    Hi

    Read these.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuHashes

    Also burn the CD on the slowest speed.

    Kind regards
    If you believe everything you read, you better not read. ~ Japanese Proverb

    If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed. - Mark Twain

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    Re: Big question here

    OK. When you download a very large file, you want to be sure that you got the download correct, so you perform a procedure that insures this. It is called an MD5Sum. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM
    The example uses Ubuntu 8.10 so you have to put in the version that you downloaded instead of 8.10.
    Once that is done you have to burn the image to a CD or a flash drive to make it bootable.

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    Re: Big question here

    Matt, you beat me to the draw and you got the hash web site. I couldn't find it. I got so much stuff bookmarked that I really need to get in there and organize it. On top of that I'm at a big disadvantage only typing with two fingers.

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    Re: Big question here

    Rex has the right idea. When booting up our laptop and you are presented with the 'Hit <F2> to change settings, select the F2 and go to Boot-order. Your USB device should be listed. Follow the instructions to make the USB drive the first boot-device (just as long as it precedes the HDD)

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    Re: Big question here

    Hi

    Matt, you beat me to the draw and you got the hash web site. I couldn't find it. I got so much stuff bookmarked that I really need to get in there and organize it. On top of that I'm at a big disadvantage only typing with two fingers.
    Yes. I just had both sites open for a check i am currently running, so i had bit of a head start there. Ahh, the joys of downloading.

    Kind regards
    If you believe everything you read, you better not read. ~ Japanese Proverb

    If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed. - Mark Twain

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    Re: Big question here

    Also, if you are burning very large files, use the UDF filesystem on the CD. It kinda helps.

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