Wipe HD clean and install Linux

linsjean

New Member
Hello,

I want to sell an old Dell Latitude laptop, running Windows 2000 Pro. I want to make sure all my personal information is wiped clean from the laptop before I sell it. I bought it at a used computer store and they did not include the installation disks. I went there today and they are not willing to install an OS on it unless I pay $50. So, what are the steps to format my drive clean as a whistle, and then install a basic free OS (using my computer computer to download)?

The store told me I can put Ibunto Linux on it. But if I wipe the disk clean first, maybe it won't recognize my CD-ROM (I have had trouble before with that drive and had to download a driver for my DVD player, etc).

Please tell me if you need more information. A CD holds 700 mb and the download I was looking at is 699 megs. I am guessing a DVD won't work in this situation?

Thanks!
Linda
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook PC
    CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3400 2.17 GHz
    Memory
    2 gigs
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768

shae

New Member
You should download the Ubuntu Live CD. Before wiping your hard disk and zeroing it out, you can boot to the live CD and make sure it is functioning. In this way, you will not have to worry about wiping your disk and winding up not able to install Ubuntu.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1420
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile T7500 @ 2.2Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell Custom Intel 965 Chipset
    Memory
    2GB (2x1GB) Dual Channel DDR2 667
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8400M GS 128MB DDR3 @ 400/600

kword88

Power User
why not just wipe the hard drive and sell it without an operating system?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Aleinware Area-51
    CPU
    core 2 extreme x9000 2.8 Ghz
    Memory
    4 Gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    (2) Nvidia 8800m GTX in Sli
    Sound Card
    Onboard RealTek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    42" JVC LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p 32 bit
    Hard Drives
    (2) seagate 7200rpm in RAID 0
    (1) maxtor external 1 terabyte firewire
    Case
    laptop
    Mouse
    logitech Anywhere Mouse and built-in touchpad
    Keyboard
    a really spiffy backlit one that i can change color ;>)
    Internet Speed
    Cable

linsjean

New Member
why not just wipe the hard drive and sell it without an operating system?
I just thought that it would sell better, because people can view the specs and see if it is working at all, including the hardware.

I downloaded Ubuntu last night and it only downloaded part of the file. I tried both Firefox and IE. I guess I'll try one more time. The Downloads folder told me that it tranferred 63 kb per second. I get high speed internet that is supposedly be 5 megs per second. I wonder what's up with that?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook PC
    CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3400 2.17 GHz
    Memory
    2 gigs
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768

shae

New Member
It is perhaps that you are just on a slow mirror. You should try a different one located near you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1420
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile T7500 @ 2.2Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell Custom Intel 965 Chipset
    Memory
    2GB (2x1GB) Dual Channel DDR2 667
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8400M GS 128MB DDR3 @ 400/600

linsjean

New Member
OK, so I successfully downloaded the Ubuntu 8.10 file. I burned it to a CD. I basically dragged the entire ISO image into the burning software. I then put it into my other laptop and tried booting from it, but it failed. I then went into the BIOS and changed the bootup order from Internal HD to CD/DVD as number one order. When I boot, I simply restart my computer with disc in and press the F12 key. I then choose "boot from CD" or something to that effect but it always boots up my Windows 2000 OS.

What am I doing wrong? How can I test it from another bootable CD? I don't know if I even have one.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook PC
    CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3400 2.17 GHz
    Memory
    2 gigs
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768

shae

New Member
I am not sure about how you burned it. Are you sure you burned it as an iso? If it is in while windows is booted, does it show up as a CD with the iso folder on it or does it show up with a bunch of files on it?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1420
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile T7500 @ 2.2Ghz
    Motherboard
    Dell Custom Intel 965 Chipset
    Memory
    2GB (2x1GB) Dual Channel DDR2 667
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8400M GS 128MB DDR3 @ 400/600

mansrm81

Vista Guru
What program did you use to burn the iso?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq Presario/SR5113WM
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 1.9Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N68-LA
    Memory
    PNY Optima Memory DDR2 2GB 2x1 kit
    Graphics Card(s)
    PNY Nvidia 8400 GS 256MB
    Sound Card
    On board RealTek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer X163W LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital 160 GB SATA 3G (3.0Gb/sec)
    7200 rpm
    Western Digital 160 GB IDE
    PSU
    Dynex 400w
    Case
    Nothin Special
    Cooling
    Stock
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitech LX7
    Keyboard
    Standard 102 key with volume and sleep buttons
    Internet Speed
    Comcrap 10mb cable
    Other Info
    Insignia 2.1 speakers, wireless Xbox 360 controller w/plug n play charger, Belkin wireless G + mimo usb network adapter.

DirtyData

New Member
OK, so I successfully downloaded the Ubuntu 8.10 file. I burned it to a CD. I basically dragged the entire ISO image into the burning software. I then put it into my other laptop and tried booting from it, but it failed. I then went into the BIOS and changed the bootup order from Internal HD to CD/DVD as number one order. When I boot, I simply restart my computer with disc in and press the F12 key. I then choose "boot from CD" or something to that effect but it always boots up my Windows 2000 OS.

What am I doing wrong? How can I test it from another bootable CD? I don't know if I even have one.
Go to this link for help on burning Ubuntu ISO: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto

Go to this link for help installing Ubuntu OS: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/I386

-DirtyData
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Me
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775
    Motherboard
    Foxconn P45A-S LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
    Memory
    OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI N9800GT 512OC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
    Sound Card
    On-Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    PSU
    BFG ATX12V 2.2 650Watt
    Mouse
    Logitech 904353-0403 Gray 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wi
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

kword88

Power User
you did not unpack the iso file. you just copied it to a new location. you have to open the iso with a program such as nero or burnaware.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Aleinware Area-51
    CPU
    core 2 extreme x9000 2.8 Ghz
    Memory
    4 Gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    (2) Nvidia 8800m GTX in Sli
    Sound Card
    Onboard RealTek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    42" JVC LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p 32 bit
    Hard Drives
    (2) seagate 7200rpm in RAID 0
    (1) maxtor external 1 terabyte firewire
    Case
    laptop
    Mouse
    logitech Anywhere Mouse and built-in touchpad
    Keyboard
    a really spiffy backlit one that i can change color ;>)
    Internet Speed
    Cable

linsjean

New Member
Thank you everyone! All is well! Great links for directions. Thanks very much.
Linda
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP/Compaq Presario CQ60 Notebook PC
    CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3400 2.17 GHz
    Memory
    2 gigs
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
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