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Discussion in 'Community Broadband & Computers' started by lilpea, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    We recently bought a laptop with Vista and haven't had any blue screens or trouble with it so far. I'm not a big Microsoft fan so don't take this as a "defense" of Vista, just a comment of "so far, so good." It would be fun to take my old computer and load it up with RedHat Linux and see how it does but I haven't investigated that to see what is involved.
     
  2. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Patsfan, just curious; how long did it take the tech to swap out the mobo, memory and HD from your laptop? Laptops can be a bear to take apart and replace components, so I was just curious as to the level of effort the tech was faced with.
     
  3. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    They do it all the time in our office... it takes no time at all on a good design. They do it in like 30mins or something on our IBMs
     
  4. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Villager, installing Linux on that old computer is as easy as downloading a CD/DVD image, burning it to a CD/DVD disk, putting the disk in the old computer and turning it on. Boot from the CD/DVD and begin the installation process. Keep in mind that you'll want to pull off anything you have on the harddrive before you do this. While you could install Linux and keep Windows, it'll just be simpler to go all Linux on that computer rather than dealing with dual-booting, etc. Ultimately, it's your choice.

    As a beginner, I would suggest you download and install Ubuntu Linux. It's very simple to use, has a nice GUI interface and includes a lot of apps to get you started. You can download the CD/DVD disk image(s) from:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/

    Have fun!
     
  5. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Oh, IBM's are GREAT to work with; they're very modular, etc. Try doing the same thing with a Dell ;)

    Just wondering if they went to a more 'Thinkpad'-like modular component design...
     
  6. Pats_fan

    Pats_fan Former Resident

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    I have an Inspiron 1721, and it took the tech about 1.5 hours to do the swap out, including the time spent installing/verifying the correct BIOS installation and running the diagnostics tests. He was working pretty methodically and also showed me how I would do a couple of things myself (if the mobo/memory/HD replacement did not solve the problem). Working without my distractions he probably could have done it in about an hour or so.
     

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