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Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#1 Post by devva231 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:59 am

I am an XP Pro user looking to teach myself Linux, using MX Linux as a LiveCD. I bought one from OSDisc.com, so I didn't have to deal with downloading, burning, checksum, making it bootable, and all that. I have never used Linux before, so no clue how to deal with a LiveCD, other than stick it in the DVD tray (I had the computer shop set my PC to boot first from CD/DVD), then what? I guess I'm hoping for some very basic info on how to use MX Linux as a LiveCD, how to get it up and running , connected to the internet, printers, etc., so I can begin to familiarize myself with the OS. Probably even more important is how to quit the session at the end of the day, without harming my XP Pro...yes, I'm a bit paranoid about keeping it safe.
As for hardware, my used PC is a Dell Optiplex 755, Intel Core2 Duo, CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz. System info says its 2.98GB RAM, but I had the computer shop install 8 GB. Also PAE is mentioned. The MX Linux 17.1 LiveCD I got is 64bit.

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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#2 Post by tascoast » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:23 am

An MX Live (and most other) CD will simply boot up a completely temporary version of MX into RAM. Your hardware will not notice anything afterwards in any practical sense. The only thing you 'could' do to upset Win is navigate to the HDD and start deleting or messing with files intentionally, or start modifying partitions , bootloader or other things that require a root (admin) password and some deliberate effort to accomplish, an unlikely event from what you describe wanting to achieve,in getting familiar.

Exiting by selecting Shut Sown via the menu Whisker Menu (just like a Win Start menu) is simple and conveniently ejects the disc too, before closing the door and powering off (from memory).

I would recommend reading through the User Manual during live sessions to become familiar. Once you feel settled in, I'd recommend creating a Live USB with persistence, as this will let you make changes and customise Linux, make mistakes etc, again without altering your PC as it stands.

The main difference you might find when running live will be the default vertical panel, although you can make it horizontal via MX Tools, one of the first places I recommend exploring when you begin. Of course, many new applications, although if you use open source applications in Win, you might already know things like Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC Player and Libre Office (open Office).

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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#3 Post by GuiGuy » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:04 am

You would do well to study the user manual
https://mxlinux.org/user_manual_mx17/mxum.pdf
in MSWindows before doing anything with MX.

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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#4 Post by asqwerth » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:53 am

After reading through the manual and testing MX live on your computer, you may decide at some point that you are ready to install MX onto your computer.

If so, please update the installer first before proceeding with the installation.

This is because there have been bug fixes and improvements to the installer since the release of MX17.1.
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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#5 Post by PondLife » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:36 am

Along with the user manual there is also YouTube especially “Run with the Dolphin” who has loads of MX videos including making a live USB with persistence as suggested by tascoast.
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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#6 Post by oops » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:41 am

asqwerth wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:53 am
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If so, please update the installer first before proceeding with the installation.
This is because there have been bug fixes and improvements to the installer since the release of MX17.1.
Hello,
Does the new installer check now for the check disk issue ?
viewtopic.php?f=108&t=44907#p444407

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# LANG=C /sbin/tune2fs -l `df -P /root | awk 'END{print $1}'` | egrep -i "last mounted on|mount count|Check interval"
Last mounted on:          /
Mount count:              14
Maximum mount count:      90
Check interval:           7776000 (3 months)

# LANG=C /sbin/tune2fs -l `df -P /home | awk 'END{print $1}'` | egrep -i "last mounted on|mount count|Check interval"
Last mounted on:          /home
Mount count:              68
Maximum mount count:      100
Check interval:           10368000 (4 months)
$ inxi -Fxxxz : System: Host:XEON ... Distro: MX-17.1_x64 Horizon

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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#7 Post by sunrat » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:08 am

devva231 wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:59 am
As for hardware, my used PC is a Dell Optiplex 755, Intel Core2 Duo, CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz. System info says its 2.98GB RAM, but I had the computer shop install 8 GB. Also PAE is mentioned. The MX Linux 17.1 LiveCD I got is 64bit.
Just a side note, it sounds like your XP Pro is 32 bit if it only shows 2.98GB RAM. MX will let you use the whole 8GB! :happy:

My daily system is Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16GHz with 4GB RAM. Runs great.

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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#8 Post by duane » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:43 pm

I am a bit confused by this post. I never heard of XP running on a 64 bit computer.
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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#9 Post by duane » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:49 pm

Or a 64 bit OS running on a 32 bit computer.
Did you get the right install media for that computer?
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Re: Total beginner looking for LiveCD instructions

#10 Post by GuiGuy » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:34 pm

duane,
32-bit XP runs fine on a 64-bit computer, and that seems to be what the OP is doing.
The only snag is the 32-bit OS cannot use all the installed RAM.

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