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jmhall



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:01 pm    Post subject: linux Reply with quote

I have a DVD (Knoppix 5.3.1) which apparently allows me to run all Linux applications directly from the DVD - without touching my hard drive.
In order to try this out I have to make my computer look for the DVD at start up.
How do I do this on my XP computer, and more important - how do I return the computer to normal again when I wish to stop experimenting with Linux?
If anyone has experience with this DVD can they tell me if it can harm my normal Windows set-up in any way.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Re: linux Reply with quote

jmhall wrote:
I have a DVD (Knoppix 5.3.1) which apparently allows me to run all Linux applications directly from the DVD - without touching my hard drive.
In order to try this out I have to make my computer look for the DVD at start up.
How do I do this on my XP computer, and more important - how do I return the computer to normal again when I wish to stop experimenting with Linux?
If anyone has experience with this DVD can they tell me if it can harm my normal Windows set-up in any way.


I guess you mean you have a DVD with a bootable version of Linux on it?

If so then, when you reboot your machine then when the BIOS starts and before it starts windows hit F11 and then chooose to boot from DVD. It's F11 on my machine but it may be different on yours. Usually is says at the bottom of the screen which keys to press for BIOS settings and boot menu.

Then when you're done then just change the boot order back again.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These disks shouldn't affect your current operating system if you are just using it to run from the disk. As always though it's better to be safe than sorry. If you have important data, ensure it is backed up before trying this - although you should always keep a backup anyway!
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Markb



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you have got is usually referred to as a "Live Disk" which as mentioned will run Linux from the CD drive enabling you to try before you would like to install it. They might have an option to install as well, so read all prompts carefully and as Softstag said, backup any important data. If you are interested in Linux, Ubuntu and it's varieties can use a utility called Wubi which enables you to install Ubuntu as a dual boot with windows, but where the disk partitions are not touched and can be easily removed useing Add & Remove programs from the Windows Control Panel.
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jmhall



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all - will now have a go.
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