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How to boot an empty computer?


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Tokintegra

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Hello everyone. Recently i bought a new computer and then got into computer modding. Within 2 months i had a whole seperate computer just waiting to be set up, lol. My question is, how can i start the process of booting it up? I dont have any extra windows software so im not sure where to start. I was thinking of getting it on linux but have no clue where to begin. Any help would be much appreciated
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You can check on line auctions sites. People are selling operating systems all the time. I use ebay, but there are many of them out there.

Good luck
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Every computer i build i will check to see if i get a bios screen at bootup. I will usually get to a bios logo screen.
I then will get into the bios by hitting the delete key while boot up and set the bios to boot from the cdrom drive first. After saving the bios settings i will open the cdrom drive and insert a XP cd and reboot the computer. With Windows XP rebooting the computer with the cd in the drive will start XP to installing. Most linux distro's have bootable "Live" cd iso's you can download and burn to a cd. Using the same method as a win XP cd you can then boot up to linux from the cd. They usually have a install feature that will let you install linux on the computer. Be aware that if you install linux they do not use the same file system as windows so you may have to wipe the drive with the drive makers utilities to be able to reformat the drive for windows.

Heres some links to bootable linux distro's.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.knoppix.org/

http://www.mepis.org/node/1462

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Thanks so much. Thats exactly the answer i was hoping for. Its only going to be a second "dicking around" computer,, if you will. So im not really looking to spend money on it for an o/s. thanks for the info and the links. Ill be back to tell if i got it or not.
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