Forgive me if I seem a bit confused. or if My comments are rather a bit confusing....
I am adding this short edit that I am posting after I had wrote the original reply as seen from further below.
I just rechecked some of the things that my prior Computer advisor had said to me... They did suggest I could use either a DVD disc drive or USB Flash drive option. They gave me this link if I considered using the flash drive.
BUT one of the reasons they suggested I use the DVD disc drive approach was to avoid me having to remove my Windows XP system...which I did not really want to have to remove.... SO I could the Linux boot disc WITHOUT having to remove any files on my existing laptop..
I Am NOT sure if a similar thing would apply to a Fash drive approach or if it required me to had to remove some files of my WIN XP op system of my machine.
BUT ALSO basically I have limited space at the moment on machine that I did NOT want to remove..So .Unless I increased my hard drive size which had initially suggested that I then informed them I could not afford or wanted to really have to do if it could be avoided.... So using a boot disc approach still allowed me to use Linux with limited space on my laptop ... As I may have said my situation is rather complicated maybe due to me trying to avoid having to do other certain things if I was able to find an alternative solution.
I may not fully understand the 1st part of what you have said..or maybe you did not fully grasp or fully understand some of my prior comments.
IF I recall correctly... I think initially when I was being advised by an suggested Computer expert who was familiar with Linux.
They did give a Linux website that I think did contain various downloads.... and I THINK.... I was told to either download or copy or use a DVD writer that had to go onto a DVD disc. (I am not sure without trying to recheck exactly what was said or I need to reread the Linux website installation guide) BUT for some reason, It ended up we did NOT get involved in dealing with a flash drive.
It may had been as my laptop was say 32 bit or 64 Bit and maybe was not compable for using the Fash drive with it. or It may had been that there was an issue on having to make the download from the Linux installation guide that refered to use of or concersn over ISO images...
It turns out that my laptop is 32 bit, BUT my other adviser also could use a 32 bit laptop on a 64 bit dvd disc (or I assume also flash drive) as I think they said my chip was 64 bit...BUT Information shown online suggested it should only be a 32 bit for the make of my machine if bought new at the time...
Linux Mint comes in the form of an ISO image (an .iso file) which can be used to make a bootable DVD or a bootable USB stick.
This guide will help you download the right ISO image, create your bootable media and install Linux Mint on your computer.
On taking a quick look at whats described as the Verify your ISO image,
this seems somewhat complex to me as I have never seen anything like it before and Im not sure I want to consider it until I fully understand whats involved and how it may effect any dealing on various other forms of websites etc...
Is this to help avoid dealing with any website order banking verification issues by any chance ?
If it is, this does seem hard for me to grasp at the moment...to consider trying this option.
Whether or not it was , or I did not have one at the time or maybe they are more expensive than Dvds (Due to the fact of pathetic financial situation at the moment where I struggle to even buy small low cost items.)
when you say "Connect the flash drive to a new device" This May still confuse me..or at the moment I have not as yet worked out what you mean.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY CONNECT THE FLASH DRIVE TO A "NEW DEVICE" (My Present Laptop computer is an Old device )
What would be the " NEW device".... is that connect it to another New Computer ? or something else ? or is it to a USB Flash Writer or something ?
UNLESS you mean I need to obtain a NEW suitable sized flash drive and insert it into my computer and then attempt to connect to the internet, which at the moment I can do using my mobile network / hotspot / Wireless network adapter...BUT its still on Windows XP. op system.
I was able to connect to the Linux Installation and downloads website.... SO MAYBE it is possible to download a suitable linux bootdisc option from that website onto my computer or onto a blank flash drive....
The Linux Boot disc dvd if I recall was 1.8 GBs and Im not sure How large flash drives can be to operate on my Laptop (Until I recheck) I JUST SINCE HAVE NOTED That Flash drive sizes vary upto many GBs of potential data size space... The only one I had was only 1 GB... but I can see now some are over 100 GBs, into other varied size butlarger flash drives can vary in price and can be cheaper also if ordered on ebay...
and Im also NOT sure how much disc space I may need actually also left on my laptops hardrive if I can manage to download the Linux bootdisc onto a suiatable flash drive.... and then attempt to load that into my laptop computer .
IS that what you mean ?
I am partally aware of the Bios part of the process in selecting F2 or F12 and selecting Boot and checking for the drives and positioning it at the top of the list..
when I was trying the DVD approach installation....It contained some basic instructions.. and IT said NOT to insert the disc until I had done the bios process selections...BUT this did not seem to work when I tried it...
But My brother had said to me, It needed to install the dvd disc into the drive before dealing with the bios selctions.
I am Not sure if this would also be a similar situation when trying to use a Flash drive that contained the Linux bootdisc download.
I mentioned that I had some guidence from another seemingly knowledgable Computer expert and they told me that I could install boot disc via a DVD Drive... and Initially I was told to download a copy onto a DVD disc if I also had a what I think they suggested was if my systems dvd rom drive was also a rewriterable one or something like that...or that basis..I was told to obtain either a suitable copied download or an existing a suitable Linux bootdisc Dvd , which I obtained from Ebay. and thats the disc I tried to install.
I cant recall exactly what happened at the moment but it maybe that I dont have a suitable dvd drive writer on my system... I think my brother does have one on his computer system but it may had not been suitable for some reason or we just could not find a way to download Linux boot onto a writable dvd via a disc writer that I think was required.
I MAY need to reread both the linux website install guide and the prior info that was written to me by the other Computer person who tried to guide me if I dont short click to work out what I think you are trying to explain to me..
THAT MAY come to make sense to me shortly after i post this, if I can get my head around it ,or if you are able to confirm some things that I have said.
But It could be VERY good for me if it does on a flash drive or IF I can work exactly how to do it..., NO DOUBT !
It could seem promising.... BUT as I have mentioned there may had been some reason that I was advised to use the Dvd approach.
As I say I just need to recheck some details or attempt what I THINK you are advisng me as a 2nd option to by pass any need for a dvd drive.. that can still then load the linux boot program into my laptop...
then I dont to buy or obtain a new disc drive or pay to get it repaired... or for me to attempt to open up my laptop to take out and replace a dvd disc drive..
All I then need to do is obtain a suitable Linux wireless netwrk adapter.
ONE Other last big issue I have at the moment if IF I try to order anything on the likes of ebay or many websites... is these websites now in the UK where I live..... require visitors to use a Banking verification process as a form of security for even any low cost or any items.... and it reuires that you offer them ones mobile phone number or home number.... and if you dont have any of these you can no longer order anything from these websites.... ALSO as I was using Win XP, I myself could not access them.
So I had to ask my brother if he would order the linux dvd boot disc for me, which at the time he was good enoght to do so.
That was a few weeks ago...BUT at the moment we are in a bit of a dispute over something and have fallen out and he says he says he wont order anything else for me...But sometimes we fall out and make up like the changes in the weather, so if Im lucky he may change his mind...
I wanted to order a low cost Linux Wireless network adaptor or at the time a 2nd hand dvd drive from ebay again that I found betwen 5 to 10 GBPs.each..., that I had been considering until you made you last post to me...
I may now have to try to find a shop that sells a cheap one if I can, But I think if you buy new they seem to be expensive.
and at one time there used tobe regular Computer Fairs where you could buy all sorts of 2nd hand computers or parts.
But they no longer seem to be in operation any more like they used to be some years ago...
and there is Not many smaller computer shops that sell cheap or 2nd hand items ....
so it maybe ackward for me to find one that suits my finances...
I will just have to see what happens
Edited by dowsp, 25 August 2023 - 11:39 AM.