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Old 11-05-2014, 10:40 AM   #21
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71 here, and not too old for linux.

Download a copy of Ubuntu. it's free

Install it or run it from the cd/dvd

I was really surprised how well it worked! If you run from cd you still have XP install no harm. If you install it, you can dual boot or just write over XP. If you don't like it after a couple of days reinstall XP.

What do you have to loose, it not like trying broccoli!
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:23 AM   #22
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Are drivers still a PITA with Linux or have they gotten close to plug and play? If I decide to venture back in, is Ubuntu what everyone would recommend?
My computer is about 6 years old and I didn't have any issues with the drivers. The one area where people have trouble is graphics cards. NVidia seems to be the best choice there.

I find that it is much easier today to find solutions to any issues you face. I've been running mythtv for 5 years now and every so often, I encounter an issue, but a quick online search or question results in a fix.

On the other hand, if I was running it as a browser/mail/openoffice computer, it would have been pretty much problem free.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:37 AM   #23
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Just an observation. I shutdown my Ubuntu file/print server about a month ago. It had an up-time over three years. I hadn't connected it to the Internet for about 5 years so it had no updates over that period. The PC was probably about 10 years old. Since I never used Linux for day to day browsing or other typical tasks I never really got a feel for the Linux desktop. If I return to Ubuntu it will probably be to salvage my current desktop which is getting a little old in the tooth for Windows. I would consider that when I get a Windows 8 PC. Hopefully, I would use the spare PC for routine tasks and might get a feel for a Linux desktop.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:43 AM   #24
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I never thought I'd say this, but get a new laptop with Windows 8.1. DW and I are happy we did.

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Old 11-05-2014, 11:54 AM   #25
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I never thought I'd say this, but get a new laptop with Windows 8.1. DW and I are happy we did.

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Old 11-05-2014, 12:37 PM   #26
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I never thought I'd say this, but get a new laptop with Windows 8.1. DW and I are happy we did.
+1

Really, you can get a nice new laptop with Windows 8.1 for $200-$350 in places like Office Depot or Best Buy, or probably less if you do some looking around online at bargain places.

Considering how much time we use our computers each day, I think that is a huge bargain.
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:47 PM   #27
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Ouch! I feel your pain, imoldernu. I had that happen once. My advice would be to call in a computer geek. My local geek had the software necessary to get the PC going again and was able to restore all my files. It was money well spent.
+1 that was my 1st thought.
and don't do anything else with the computer until they look at it.
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I am just waiting for my laptop to go (or something like what happened to iamoldernu to happen to mine) so that I can get a new one. One can be had for $250 with all the whistles and bells I ever need.

If anyone is looking to put bad laptops in good usage .... I had 3 bad laptops (infected beyond repair, outdated) which someone gave me. DS showed me an external laptop hard drive bay (USB based, can be bought from ebay for $7). Rather than throwing away the laptops, I took out the drives (170GB, 130GB) and using them as USB based storage device. You can do the same for desktop drives. It's one of those "why didn't I think of it before" moments for me.
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I am just waiting for my laptop to go (or something like what happened to iamoldernu to happen to mine) so that I can get a new one.
Today my bike's old GPS cyclocomputer wouldn't turn on. I was celebrating that I could buy a newer model and checking prices on Amazon. Then I remembered that I can fix it with a soft reset.



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