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I have an Acer Aspire 3690 laptop that originally came with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. I had an error message that would not let me log into Windows and, I do have the product key but, I don't have the recovery disks nor can I find an .iso to download. My preferred solution is to reinstall Windows so, if anyone has an .iso that would be great. Otherwise, I am going with Linux.


Here's the issue: I need a distro that is extremely user friendly. I am talking Windows user friendly. The distro needs to be compatible with an i686 cpu. I did some research and saw that Mint 17 is compatible but, the .iso only booted to the first Linux Mint title screen and no further.


Once I find the OS I will be selling this machine. Hence the need for an easily navigated operating system. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!
 
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When you downloaded the Mint ISO, did you check the md5 sum? Those large ISO files can easily be corrupted and an md5 check would ensure you got the clean file. When I used Windows I used Hashcalc to check the md5.

http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/
 

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What do I look for to ensure a clean file? I'm not well versed in sums.
 
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If you're using Windows, download the Hashcalc program and from the program navigate to your ISO file. It'll take 10-15 seconds and will give you a hash with about 30 characters.

LinuxMint gives you the correct md5 sum on the download page of each different ISO. I personally only look at the first 3 and last 3 characters. If those are correct then you're good to go.

Edit: If the hash is not correct then you've got to download it again. I've found Downthemall in Firefox and torrents generally get you a clean ISO.
 
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You didn't say which Mint you have... If you have "Qiana" then it requires a PAE processor, if you have "Mate" which is for a Non-PAE processor which is probable what your processor is then you should be fine, although there is still no guarantee that it will run on that ACER.
 

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I'll second Puppy if you are going with a lightweight Linux.
I use it and you can get support here.
 
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I love Puppy.
Will boot anything, and even wifi works. Permanent install is kinda weird.

I found an old HP Laptop in 2008 (P4 2.4Ghz, Win XP) left in a rental. Only 512 M RAM. Battery dead, only runs on the adapter. I think this laptop dates from 2005/2006. Did a dual-boot with Lubuntu somewhere around 2010 after windows got too slow. We only use it in the maintenance shop 4x a year for inventory. Corporate sends an excel file, we count parts in Gnumeric & then send the file back. I gotta admit it's kinda slow, but it's better than paper & they aren't going to buy laptops to count nuts & bolts on a maintenance truck.

Hate to ask for my first post, but what do you think you're going to get for your 10 year old laptop?
 

mconnelly

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I take that back. My first offer went off the table but, yesterday I got an offer of $75 which is what my starting asking price was. I took it and ran like hell! :)
 
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