[Novalug] new laptop questions
bdalzell at qis.net
Thu May 14 17:33:16 EDT 2009
well my 2003 athlon tower was having some weird problems which resulted in
my having to take it to cyberguys to have the power supply tested because
I felt it would probably be cheaper to get it tested than to keep buying
replacement parts and finding out that that part was not the problem. i
lack the equipment to test the power supply - other than the simple test -
buy another of what is acting weird and see if weird stuff stops.
well it was the power supply so now the tower is fine again.
however the weird stuff consisted of things like the harddrives not
being recognized unless there was only one plugged into the ide bus.
while it was in the shop I started to feel serious computer withdrawal
symptoms and there was this very nice dell vostro laptop with a 15 inch
1300+pixel screen refurbished for only $399 so I purchased it. of course
it came with windoze.
i now have it set up with a dual install of ubuntu intrepid and windoze
and grub to boot to ubuntu but I cannot get the wireless or wired ethernet
to go online here at home from ubuntu - although I can get it online from
the frustrating thing is that the description of what you should be trying
to do in the Ubuntu Intrepid help you get online built in instructions.
it finds the mac address for the ethernet connection and then turns its
connection to the internet off.
i have not yet gotten down to a meeting but this thing is a laptop and
I would like to meet you all face to face sometime so this may trigger
a trip down to virginia for me.
i am in the process of trying to get a set of the drivers for the
wireless card and the ethernet card from Dell.
It was just frustrating to turn the thing on, set up some of its anti
malware protection and then have to go online and purchase more anti
the guys at the computer store reguard windoze as an "out of the
box" operating system as opposed to the "great support headaches of linux"
to me any purchased OS that has to go out and get additional anti-malware
software before you can safely run it is hardly "out of the box".
Incidently I initially tried it from a Ubuntu CD and it looked good and I
thought I got online at the computer store with the CD. However I decided
to be cautious with the laptop when I got it home. I discovered that it
can boot from an external USB unit so I took a harddrive spare using a
USB connection to the laptop and installed Ubuntu on the spare external.
However I found out after I had done this that the Ubuntu installed had
done something to the boot sector on the laptop. That is without the
harddrive the laptop came up with a GRUB error 15 rather than going into
I tried the windows system reinstall CD that came with the laptop but
it did not reinstore it to its previous to Ubuntu state so I just used the
Ubuntu CD to set up a dual install of Ubuntu and windoze on the thing
for now. If I get the internet connection stuff working I can get rid of
windoze but on the other hand having widoze around to help my friends who
ask simple windoze questions is not to terrible.
But I thought I would mention the alteration of the boot sector for other
Bonnie Dalzell, MA
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