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So Few weeks ago I took out my old family computer,
and it Runs SOOOOOOOOO slow. and I was trying to install
Linux (First Lubuntu, then debian) from CD drive (I also cant login as Admin) and It just wont install help?
I think its slow From a lot of Pictures, a lot of Programs, and I'm not sure about viruses?
 

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Save whatever needs to be saved from the hard disk (photos, music, movies) by transfering to an external HD or flash drive. Then format the hard disk and install Linux (a lightweight distro since it's an old machine). Should work no problems.
 

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Save whatever needs to be saved from the hard disk (photos, music, movies) by transfering to an external HD or flash drive. Then format the hard disk and install Linux (a lightweight distro since it's an old machine). Should work no problems.
I don't need anything saved from it, how do I format the Hard disk... I have like two Harddisks in it which one to Format?
 

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You have two physical hard disks? Normally, you just need to format the one which was drive C on Windows XP. You can format while installing Linux. Just tell it you want to wipe clean the old hard disk.
 

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Format the one without the data on it.
How do I know? There's one that's less accessible than the other though.

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Maybe you can give us the PC specs? Maybe the disk drive is slow or the live CD isnt loading into the ram fast enough?
Ive Booted from windows Before for I tried to install anything.
 

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You have two hard drives, correct? Actually, just back up your data to an external storage to make it easier. And write the Lubuntu ISO to a USB flash drive instead. Installing from a USB works better for older PC's then a DVD/CD.
 

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Ive Booted from windows Before for I tried to install anything.
Well depends on your PC specs. If say your live CD is 2GB and you only have 1GB RAM you will run into problems. If you want us to help you then at least give us some specs to look at. There are some less resource hungry versions of linux out there.
 

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You have two hard drives, correct? Actually, just back up your data to an external storage to make it easier. And write the Lubuntu ISO to a USB flash drive instead. Installing from a USB works better for older PC's then a DVD/CD.
I don't care about whats in the computer (Pretty sure its filled with viruses) Does the Hard drives have anything Vital to make the computer work?
 

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You have two hard drives, correct? Actually, just back up your data to an external storage to make it easier. And write the Lubuntu ISO to a USB flash drive instead. Installing from a USB works better for older PC's then a DVD/CD.
He said he doesn't need to backup anything. I agree that installing from USB works better, but it's a little more work than burning an iso to a blank DVD or CD. Also he needs to make sure his computer can boot from USB.
 

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Well depends on your PC specs. If say your live CD is 2GB and you only have 1GB RAM you will run into problems. If you want us to help you then at least give us some specs to look at. There are some less resource hungry versions of linux out there.
I remember the Computer would Boot just Fine, Pretty sure it has 4gb ram at least. K thanks for the Help GTG bed timish.
 

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