Linux will happily run on most PC’s built after 2005 and it is a great way to revitalize an old Windows XP machine that won’t run later versions of Windows. The computer you wish to run Linux on should have a minimum of 512 MB of memory, a 700 MHz processor and be able to read and boot from a DVD. Your hardware will be a determining factor as to which specific distribution of Linux we will recommend.
Confused? Don’t worry! We’ll help you figure out what you’ve got and what will work best for you.
What You Will Need To Install Linux.
There are a few things you’ll need to do before we can install Linux on your computer. First and foremost, you will need to make a copy of all of the personal data you wish to keep that is on the machine. This includes documents, pictures, music files and videos. All of them will have to be copied to DVD’s or USB storage devises and you will have to restore them once the Linux installation is complete.
WARNING! INSTALLING LINUX WILL REFORMAT YOUR HARD DRVIES! ALL DATA WILL BE LOST! THERE IS NO WAY TO GET IT BACK ONCE IT’S GONE! YOU MUST MAKE A BACKUP OF ANYTHING YOU WISH TO KEEP! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
You will need to have the hardware and software to be able to write a DVD. The machine you intend to install Linux on must be able to read and boot from a DVD. If it cannot write a DVD you can always create the Linux installation DVD on a machine that does. If you cannot write DVD’s at all then all is not lost because there may be an alternative method for installing Linux that just might work for you.
You must be able to hook the target PC up to the Internet to install Linux. This can either be a wired Ethernet connection or through Wi-Fi but Ethernet is the most reliable. Some wireless adapters won’t work until drivers are installed and this can only be done once Linux is already installed.
If your machine uses a PS2 type connector for its keyboard and mouse than you will have to have a PS2 keyboard available during the install. If you have replaced the original keyboard with a later model USB keyboard, it may not be recognized during the install process, especially if it becomes necessary to under the BIOS setup utility.
The installation process takes anywhere from one to three hours, depending on your hardware and the speed of your Internet connection. Be sure to set aside enough time and it is best to do it when you’ll be free from distractions. The quality of your Linux experience depends on properly completing several detailed step in a very specific order. You’ll want to give it your undivided attention.