Help with Reformatting, BIOS and Linux

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Sparky49

Joined Jul 16, 2011
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Hi chaps,

I've been given an old computer (HP Pavilion) which runs Windows 98.

However, I want to install Codewarrior, but it needs versions 2000 or higher - and I ain't paying for that!:D

I've decided to give Linux a try, and I 'm starting off with Ubuntu.

However, before I reformat the hard drive I've got a question.

I'm guessing I need to format in BIOS, but after I reformat, won't the CD driver be lost?

If so, will I have to re install the driver software before Linux? Is there somewhere I could find it, as I don't have it.

I've downloaded Ubuntu and put it on a CD R, but there is no place for USB or anything else. I presume there is no other way to install it other than CD, but if I have no driver then it won't work at all. :(

I eagerly await your advice, :)

Sparky
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
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When the computer start, a quick moment, it should display a message on how to get into BIOS. I'll guess it's the DEL - key. Inside BIOS, navigate to the BOOT options, or boot sequence or something like that. If it can boot from CD-rom, it should be listed there.

Or it could be the F2-key
 
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Sparky49

Joined Jul 16, 2011
833
Would that Jolicloud work with Codewarrior?

Also, this computer doesn't have internet access. Would it still work?
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
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If it's based on Ubuntu, I think you'll have a choice during setup. To install it side-by-side with Windows. Just like a Dual Boot. But you need to have free diskspace...
 

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Sparky49

Joined Jul 16, 2011
833
Well, i just checked the BIOS.

In the boot selection menu, it had a ALTAPI CDROM option (something like that), but i couldn't open it like the hard drive option, and I couldn't add a + or - liek I could to the hard drive.

What does this mean?
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
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Have you tried to boot from the CD?

If you insert the cd, and reboot, try hitting the F12 key. A boot menu might appear, and you can choose your boot device.
 
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