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New Acer Lap Top came with Linux - How to Install Win 7?


justme

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Hey everyone, I'm new here.

I am nearing depression here. Spent almost 6 hours now trying to do a simple thing, a thing I've been doing for a decade now on various computers and lap tops; which is Installing a Fresh Version of Windows 7 (And before that it used to be Win XP).

Here's the story.

Yesterday I bought a new Lap Top. This is the model:

http://www.bcgroup-online.com/proizvodi/laptop-i-notebook-racunari/Acer-Aspire-E1_510_35204G50Dnkk-24680/

It came with a pre-installed Linux OS (It's basically useless), and it has no cd-rom (doesn't matter, I always only use USB's and External Hard Discs)

So I tried installing a fresh copy of Win 7... I created a USB following a tutorial online, tried booting from:

USB CDROM
USB FDD
USB HDD

Fail!

Then I saw that the Boot Mode is UEFI, and it's the ONLY one available, cannot be changed.

So I found a tutorial on this forum here and created a new USB Windows 7 OS, using Rufus. I was sure it would work. I tried booting from all 3 USB I mentioned above, fail...

My lap top is i686, which means it's a 32 BIT (It's not mentioned in the specifications for the model in the link I gave above)...

So basically I got screwed over here. When I bought the lap top yesterday I asked specifically if it's possible to Install Windows 7 on this machine, and they said yes... But I don't see it...

Can anyone please, please help me, this is totally depressing, they be selling useless lap tops nowadays it seems... And even the existing linux installation is absolutely useless, it's a Linpus Linux edition, and from what I've read it's a read-only mode or something like that...

In other words, I buy a new lap top which I CANNOT use the way it is, and which won't allow me to boot from USB in order to install a different OS (Windows 7), what are we doing here?

Thank you...
 

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justme

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When I turn on the lap top as it is and let it load, this is where it ends up, and it's completely useless to me:

Photo0828.jpg
 

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And this is what shows a few seconds after I turn the lap top on, and it gives me 5 seconds to pick one, and if I don't then it goes on to load for a minute, and then it ends up showing what I showed in the previous picture:

Photo0829.jpg
 

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    Windows 7
    Computer type
    Laptop

popeye

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Hi justme and welcome! You could try installing Linux Mint to at least get a working system then we can see about getting you moved to 7 if you still want. Main Page - Linux Mint
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

justme

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Thanks for the response. I am willing to do Anything popeye...

But, I consider myself to be very knowledgeable when it comes to Windows 7 and XP in particular.

But Linux, Ubuntu, I have never even seen these OS' in action. Is there a simple step by step tutorial I can get to install Linux Mint, or whichever OS is easiest/best to use??
 

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    Windows 7
    Computer type
    Laptop

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I agree with Popeye (was never a fan of these lite Linux stuff) - also make sure you format the install media with FAT32....
 

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    PC-DOS v1.0
    Computer type
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    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    IBM
    CPU
    Intel 8088, 4.77MHz
    Memory
    16K, 640K max
    Graphics Card(s)
    What's that?
    Sound Card
    Not quite
    Screen Resolution
    80 X 24 text
    Hard Drives
    dual 160KB 5.25-inch disk drives

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Okay, I am downloading Linux Mint 32-Bit ISO (Cinnamon).

It will take some 20 minutes...

I currently hate Linux with a passion.
 

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    Windows 7
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    Laptop

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Okay, I am downloading Linux Mint 32-Bit ISO (Cinnamon).

It will take some 20 minutes...

I currently hate Linux with a passion.
I'm gobsmacked they would sell PC's with that distro - when there are OEM versions of Mint avalable *sigh*
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    PC-DOS v1.0
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    IBM
    CPU
    Intel 8088, 4.77MHz
    Memory
    16K, 640K max
    Graphics Card(s)
    What's that?
    Sound Card
    Not quite
    Screen Resolution
    80 X 24 text
    Hard Drives
    dual 160KB 5.25-inch disk drives

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I was saving money for months to buy a nice lap top that doesn't work... This is so depressing, and I was having such a nice month, extra careful to not let anything disturb my peace, why does the other shoe ALWAYS have to drop? sigh.. :(
 

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    Windows 7
    Computer type
    Laptop

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I was saving money for months to buy a nice lap top that doesn't work... This is so depressing, and I was having such a nice month, extra careful to not let anything disturb my peace, why does the other shoe ALWAYS have to drop? sigh.. :(
I hear you, life is like that. We should be able to get you going, lot of smart folks here although I'm not up on Linux myself. Can you get into any BIOS options with F2 or some other key.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

justme

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#13
I work as a transcriber online, so the 6 hours I wasted, plus the god-knows-how many more hours I'll waste until I fix this, IF I manage to fix it, I'm losing money, my peace is disturbed, not good... not good... :(
 

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    Windows 7
    Computer type
    Laptop

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I was saving money for months to buy a nice lap top that doesn't work... This is so depressing, and I was having such a nice month, extra careful to not let anything disturb my peace, why does the other shoe ALWAYS have to drop? sigh.. :(
I hear you, life is like that. We should be able to get you going, lot of smart folks here although I'm not up on Linux myself. Can you get into any BIOS options with F2 or some other key.
Yes I can, using F2, let me take a picture to show you what it has...
 

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    Windows 7
    Computer type
    Laptop

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Adamf, you there? You may know more than me about Linux and how to get switched over to 7.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

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By the way, in Picture 4, under Boot Mode, the UEFI CANNOT be changed... It's the only option available...

Ok, the Linux Mint ISO has been downloaded, I will now put it on the USB using the tutorial from this forum; using the program Rufus...
 

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    Windows 7
    Computer type
    Laptop

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Ok, you need to enable that F12 key which will allow you to get into the boot menu when you start up. Here is one place that describes how to create a bootable usb drive. Once you get that going you should be able to install on the internal drive.
Create a Bootable Linux Flash Drive in Three Easy Steps | TechHive

Gotta go for a bit but will check back.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

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By the way, in Picture 4, under Boot Mode, the UEFI CANNOT be changed... It's the only option available...

Ok, the Linux Mint ISO has been downloaded, I will now put it on the USB using the tutorial from this forum; using the program Rufus...
NB: 32-bit does not support UEFI...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    PC-DOS v1.0
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    IBM
    CPU
    Intel 8088, 4.77MHz
    Memory
    16K, 640K max
    Graphics Card(s)
    What's that?
    Sound Card
    Not quite
    Screen Resolution
    80 X 24 text
    Hard Drives
    dual 160KB 5.25-inch disk drives