[Novalug] Failure and successes EeMachine mini tower EL1200-05w linux on one?
jhart at kevla.org
Mon Jul 30 19:49:35 EDT 2012
Wow Bonnie, you really spiked her Kool-Aid!!!!
> First THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the advice, suggestions and off list help.
> Thank you
> (1) Success - due to help the eMachine 1200-05w now has windows xp
> reinstalled and running after all the personal files of the owner have
> been copied to a dvd so she can sell the .... thing as a operating
> computer. The repair of windoze wiped out all other files.
> (2) Failure - this eMachine is not going to get linux. Maybe susan will
> put it on craig's list for sale.
> (3) Success - my friend, Susan has a several other computers and her
> Lenovo laptop - which when running windows would revert to a blue screen
> of death after a few hours of operation now has linux mint installed on
> She is going to put linux on her other machines also.
> I think the reason she has so many computers is that when one of the
> windows machines would start to act up she would go get another
> The next lesson will be partitioning a harddrive. With the Lenovo she just
> did a flat new install after getting personal files off onto a
> backup device.
> Susan is so happy. It has run for 15 hours without a problem. She is
> estatic over the things she is discovering about linux. It allows her to
> easily learn about functions of the computer (temp of cpu, harddrive full,
> all that stuff).
> Susan's reaction to mint is that everything she tries seems so easy to
> figure out. Susan has a background in communications and project design.
> She cannot understand why anyone would want to tolerate
> windows once they experienced linux.
> I have not yet gone to a baltimore linux group meeting but susan is all
> revved up to go so perhaps a couple of middle aged women will show up
> at one.
> Again -thank you for your patience and suggestions.
> On Mon, 30 Jul 2012, William Sutton wrote:
>> Another alternative is to ditch the eMachine junk and get someone to
>> donate enough decent parts to put together a usable PC. :-)
> yes that is what we decided once I got windows back working on it. See
> above for why she does not need to build a useable PC.
>> At some point you hit diminishing returns on these low-price, unexpandable
>> junk-grade PCs.
>> William Sutton
>> On Mon, 30 Jul 2012, RJ Bergeron wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Bonnie Dalzell <bdalzell at qis.net> wrote:
>>>> thanks to all who have suggested a different graphics card for the
>>>> unfortunately the eMachine is one of these cheap compact computers and the
>>>> only slot in it at all is a tiny slot that has the card that accepts the
>>>> network cable.
>>>> From looking at other pictures of that system board online, especially
>>> it looks like the tiny slot for the network card is a PCIe 1x slot.
>>> With that, you could pull the network card and install a PCIe 1x video
>>> card, something off this page:
>>> and see if the system can use it for a primary display. Then you can
>>> get a USB2 adapter for the network connection, something from here:
>>> though I recommend double-checking for linux compatibility.
>>> Unfortunately, this setup would put you back $50+ bucks.
>>> Other possibilities for the adventurous is modifying a x16 card to fit
>>> in a x1 slot, which works for some of the lower-end cards, but details
>>> are spotty. A third adventure would be to get a USB DisplayLink
>>> adapter and reconfigure X to use that - which is *possible*, but
>>> configuring X in this fashion is tedious, and the boot console is
>>> still on the system video.
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