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Need help switching to Linux os please


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peace1129

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situation: I've been using xp, for as long as I can remember, but its becoming more and more ridiculous to use, (trojans, unwanted software, deadly slow ect.), I've downloaded several copies of different linux systems (knoppix, ubuntu 7.10, ubuntu 8.04), but when I put them on my flashdrive, (changed boot order so that usb is first) I get the following error message: 'No bootable partition in table'. it doesn't matter what copy I use, I get the same message. I know there is something else I need to do, but I don't know what it is, can someone (or several people) help direct me through the process? (eventually intend to install onto hd, but need to reformat first for unrelated reason)

Computer: xp, laptop, inspiron 1300

Any responses greatly appreciated, thank you.
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silverbeard

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Take a look at Pendrivelinux. Should be helpful.
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That worked extremely well thanks, is there a way that i can reformat my hd through there or would dban be better, and is there a way that i can use those programs/can you direct me, to installing onto hd?, again thank you it works!
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Most Linux install procedures will allow you repartition the disk and then when the install proceeds, the filesystem will be created, wiping out the previous data. You really don't need to use DBAN to wipe the disk.
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yea ubuntu, gos, mandriva all can do that
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If you are not familiar with Linux, try a live CD.
You could from that booted live version of the Linux linke Ubuntu/Linux Mint go true the steps and see if it is what you want on the summary screen.
But to be safe, make a backup of your current system first! :)
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