Downloaded 7.1 rcl 64 and put on usb stick with unebooten.
Want to install on samsung RF511 and lenovo n586, the samsung being my main machine (vl 7,0) and both being, I think, bought in 2011. Both have big hard drives and the samsung has been acting up of late, particularly when trying to save files. Lenovo runs salix and is kept as emergency backup (not used).
first tried samsung with usb stick formatted as ext4 I think. Tried advanced as I want to keep partitions. Could not get out of little windows which first show up. Finally figured out that pushing "escape" would let me go to next window. Then after the select "time" window, "next" did not work but I was dumped off to the root prompt. So I reformatted the usb drive to fat32 with gparted and loaded vl 7.1 on it again, using unebootin. Noticed it said corrupted, "run xfs_repair" as it was coming up, but it went to windows anyway. Did not need to use "escape" to go from one window to next, but had same problem: Dumped me off to root after "time" window. Said corrupted.. Don't know how to use xfs_repair but tried xfs_repair -n and that didn't work. Think I may have had to unmount something first.
So tried install on lenovo and before first window it said corrupted data. Same result whether usb stick was ext4 or fat 32. Tried non-gui install, with same result (corrupted)..Lenovo works fine on salix, so I doubt anything is corrupted.
Looked around for a blank cdrom, thinking I would try putting VL 7.1 RC1 on it and load from cd but can't find one. Will pick some up next time I'm at the store and, meanwhile, think about it. I can always use my old IBM thinkpad t60p, now loaded with debian. Far as that goes, I usually like the thinkpad's square screen better than wide-screen anyway.