Brenda (antikythera) wrote in mandrake_users,
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Linux n00b here!

Hallo. Long story short: my hard drive died and I didn't have any Windows discs because it was a used machine when I got it. I blew all my money on the new hard drive, so yay for free operating systems! I have a little bit of experience with UNIX (Solaris) and I thought maybe it wouldn't be too hard to switch over to Linux on my personal computer.

I've had several distributions recommended to me as a Linux virgin, and I'm weighing the pros and cons. A friend of a friend has the free download version of Mandriva on CDs and has offered to lend it to me.

My big question at this point is: has anyone here installed Mandriva from a USB CD-ROM drive? I've got a laptop and no internal drive.
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I didn't try it with usb cd... but I believe that you can do it. the usb ports are checked before installation starts so I think it's not a problem
if your bios supports booting from a cdrom, you won't have a problem. Mandriva (i used it when it was mandrake) is very good at detecting hardware. If you would like another distro to try, i would recommend Ubuntu (or Kubuntu). I like Mandriva, but the package updates sometimes take a while (not security updates, just latest vers).
It seems to be detecting all my media... the hard drive, the removable floppy in the drive bay, and the CD-ROM. The drive starts up and spins and reads when it's looking for an OS, so I'd say that's a good sign. I just have to put a properly-made bootable CD in there. ^^;
If the discs you got from your friend work on one drive, they should work for you unless the drive you are using is so old, it can't read 700Mb discs. if that's the case, you might want to look at a distro that will allow you to boot from floppy and do a network install (i believe this used to be possible w/ mandriva when it was still mandrake).