Getting an old computer running again.

Discussion in 'Computer and Internet' started by karahuels, Sep 24, 2022.

  1. karahuels

    karahuels New Seed

    Sep 7, 2022
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    Hello folks,
    I'm trying to get an old computer running. Not that old, only about 4 years old. My hard drive crashed and I decided to go with an SSD. It is a new SSD and doesn't have any type of operating system on it yet. I would like to put Puppy Linux on the SSD. I took out the old HD and put in the new SSD. I tried turning it on, and the computer starts up, but the monitor keeps going to sleep. I'm not hearing any beeps either. I really don't know what I'm doing to tell the truth. I know I have to get the Linux program on the SSD but I have no idea how to get started. I think I have to put the Linux program on a USB drive but After that, I'm not sure what to do. If I put the USB drive in a slot, will it boot up from the USB drive? I'm kind of lost here but I don't have a lot of money to take the computer to a shop and let them get it going so I'm trying to do this on my own. I'm on a fixed income, SS, and I don't have the money to take this to a shop. Can anyone help me with this? I want to learn Linux and get away from Microsoft for the most part.
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  3. Odif

    Odif Young Pine

    May 2, 2017
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    I would recommend that as a first time user that maybe Linuxmint is a good place to start.

    This page explains quite well the steps you need to take to install linux-mint via dvd or via usb.

    This should be self evident, but if you struggle, then pm me and I can help.
  4. Dirtmechanic

    Dirtmechanic Young Pine

    Feb 6, 2019
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    Check for what is recommended for the usb formatting before you begin. Loading programs are commonly FAT32 bit although 64 bit file allocation tables are also a choice for general file work. This is very true if you update your bios before you begin, which could be important. I recently built 5 lga1700 socket motherboards using the business oriented b660 chipset, and even though they were new, the bios was v2.0 and the maker was already up to v8.0. They had a v6.0 they indicated as a stable version, which I used, because 3 of the machines wanted to not wake up the screen after sleep.
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