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Author: JeanDavid Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 6630  
Subject: Hurray! Date: 11/16/2012 11:32 AM
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My old computer blew up as the power was returned after Sandy. So I just got a new Dell T600. It came with Windows 7 Professional,or whatever that is, and I just added Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to it. I am typing this with that Linux.

Weeks of customization to get what I want, and to recover the old files.
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Author: JeanDavid Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 6596 of 6630
Subject: Re: Hurray! Date: 11/17/2012 9:50 PM
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When the new machine is running Windows, the sound works fine, but one of the ethernet connections does not. The one to the Internet works.

When the new machine is running Linux, the sound does not work, but the ethernet connection to my other machine works just fine.

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Subject: Re: Hurray! Date: 11/17/2012 11:14 PM
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Boy - you sure are having fun with your new toy :)

I'm having fun too troubleshooting a new Windows 7 Inspiron Ultrabook's audio and wifi. It has a hyper sensitive combined mic/headphone socket, which puts on a banshee routine at the slightest excuse, particularly on startup, so you have no way of strangling it for several excruciating minutes. Plus it has several mic systems which choose to randomly switch on/off.

And the wifi has a mind of its own, occasionally deciding not to stay connected while several other adjacent devices are.

Of course that's after having to gnash my teeth through the tortuous startup routine :(

Nice to be able to chortle over how painless Linux is on startup/ shutdown :)
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Author: JeanDavid Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 6598 of 6630
Subject: Re: Hurray! Date: 11/18/2012 8:01 AM
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Nice to be able to chortle over how painless Linux is on startup/ shutdown :)


Actually, Linux is pretty easy to start up and shut down. Once I got dual booting working.

My machine has two or three hard drives, depending on how you count them. And it will get the two largest SCSI hard drives from my old computer, if they still work, as soon as the PCIe SCSI controller comes in.

When I installed Linux, that no longer comes with an installation manual, I managed to put the boot block on the second hard drive instead of the first. So it would boot only into Windows. It took about 12 hours (though I was asleep for some of them) until I figured out how to do it right. Now that is OK.

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