Can't get Linux Mint thumb drive to boot in HP laptop

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SanFelipeSeaBee

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I'll only do my Whine thing once (I Hope), I'm 75, a 2 tour Vietnam Disabled Vet, Since I got out of the hospital, in March of 2020, I have lost my Seabee ingenuity, common sense, high threshold for pain, & a tad bit of brain damage that left me with no up front memory and a time distortion [ a week end takes a month & amonth seems like a life time], it's like my processor needs a new battery, I need a lot of info. About 15 years ago I paid a computer engineer to install ubuntu in an old near dead vista machine. I used it more than anything until it gave up the ghost. I have purchased a Linux Mint thumb drive from amazon & can not get it to boot up in my HP laptop. Any patient help would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks. ;0) †
 
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Johnny b

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................Any patient help would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks. ;0) †

Welcome to TSG :)

I'm not the resident expert on Linux, but......you'll find faster help by starting a thread in the Linux forum.
Here:
https://forums.techguy.org/forums/linux-and-unix.22/

The tech will need to know the specs on your laptop.
This link will download a TSG app that will identify your specs.
Simply copy and paste them in your thread.

http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe

Good luck :)
 

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@SanFelipeSeaBee,

I've moved your post to a new thread of your own as it's too difficult to help more than one person at a time in the same thread.

Thanks for understanding and good luck with the issue.
 

plodr

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Welcome. Press F2 to get into the HP laptop's BIOS. If that doesn't work, try F1. Use the arrow keys to move across until you get to something like Boot on a tab. That's the one you want to look at.
In Boot devices, your hard drive is probably in position one. You want to move the USB drive from position 2 or 3 or even 4 up to position 1. When you have it in position 1, press F10 to exit the BIOS, saving changes.

Now put the stick into a USB port and once Windows loads, reboot.
 

mohittomar13

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You may also try disabling secure boot and switching from UEFI to Legacy BIOS.
 

SanFelipeSeaBee

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Thanks so far all I can get into UEFI, it only has testing of different parts of the computer, no boot, reboot or bios choices. but thanks at least I' trying things. Don B ;0) †
 
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as soon as you power on, start tapping the esc key. It should take you to bios. from there you could change the bootloader.
you really need to give the full model number of the hp computer since not all are the same.
 

SanFelipeSeaBee

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as soon as you power on, start tapping the esc key. It should take you to bios. from there you could change the bootloader.
you really need to give the full model number of the hp computer since not all are the same.
Many Thanks for your help & patience & all the work you have done for me.DonB;0) †
 
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