Boy, what a ROYAL pain
Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:15:47 AM
I have had a horrible few weeks trying to get my computers back up.
I ended up buying a reconditioned one. An elderly P4 with 1 GB RAM.
Good enough for me. It was made up of 2 Maxtor HDDs and loaded with XP Home SSP3.
Not bad for the dosh but when I got it home, it just wouldn't allow me to put Linux on it.
I tried everything.
The only distro it permitted was Granular, which is a superb little distro but no longer updated and I couldn't get the dongle working. It kept seeing the USB as a removable drive.
So I tried my trouble shooting CD all it would do was wipe the drive or open Parted Magic live.
Non of my other Live discs would even load.
This is all after many fruitless attempts to do the same with the Dell.
Anyway, after a break from bitter disappointment turning from anger to frustration, I tried Windows 98. That did it, sort of. I'd put 2 sticks of 1 GB ram in it and now it was suffused with too much of a good thing.
Win 98 was originally designed to use 2 GB of Ram but that must have been at a much lower speed because it didn't like mine.
But at least it had formatted the drive. (Yes; I know a modern distro and even an early distro would format a drive. It just happened that in this case:
So I tried again.
Nothing. Only granular.
Once that was on, it took Linux Mint. But neither would use my dongle.
So that was up to a couple of days ago.
I had Windows on one drive and two Linux versions on the other.
So now I wanted to get rid of Granular for Ubuntu Ultimate Edition. (Believe me I would have stayed with Granular no matter what if it had found the internet connection. I really like it. Try it.)
UE wouldn't do it for me so I tried Ubuntu 10.10.
And here I am.
It wouldn't switch the dongle on then I realised if I unplug it it might just find it again.
And it did.
Updates took about 15 minutes including 3 versions of Flash and 1 Opera.
Resetting the screen-saver was necessary as it locked out each time It was idle and I reset the idle time to 15 minutes too.
Now all I need is some coffee and breakfast and I am all set.
I might try Mint again and if that finds the dongle, put Granular on the Windows drive -giving me 4 Operating Systems.
I wonder what I can use them all for.
Just to mess with I suppose.
The only thing I need is the net to surf with, nothing that dramatic.
I'll rearrange my room now to resite bonzo here: