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Old 09-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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1- running a HP TOUCHSMART 320 W. win 7 64 bit OS = JUNK!
2- "QUESTIONS"> can i run linux without an external hard drive?
3- or do i just trash the win7 mess-0-crap & INSTALL OVER IT?
4- what differences can i expect BETWIXT THE (2)?

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #2
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Don't know anything about HP Touchsmart.

can i run linux without an external hard drive?
Yes. You can run it on an internal drive, a CD or DVD or a flash drive.

do i just trash the win7 mess-0-crap & INSTALL OVER IT?
You could do that too. It's your computer.

what differences can i expect BETWIXT THE (2)
A lot, depends a lot on what you want to use it for though. It also depends upon which of the 500+ distributions of Linux you might be thinking about trying. Some are easier to switch to from windows.

Old 09-21-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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don't know it, vut should be fine

yeah, bo problem internal is fine
up to you, but you can "dual boot" between the two
assume everything, but you will find some the same, e.g. firefox
well your on the right forum for linux
Old 09-21-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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A lot of People like Mint linux

me i like OpenSUSE

but SUSE is a bit bloated
it has a LOT of software installed and dose need a good system to run on

It should run fine on one of these
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ubuntu 13.04

I have researched your tablet and I think Ubuntu 13.04 would be a nice transition for you. Go to the store and purchase a 8 gig memory stick. From your windows 7 go on-line and go here to download and install Unetbootin ( this will put a distro on the flash drive for you. Select Diskimage, I think it is faster if you already have the distro downloaded as an ISO, so go here and download Ubuntu 13.04 64 ( Using a torrent site is a lot faster than downloading from Ubutnu or any other distro site for that matter, it'll save you a few hours.
Ubetbootin is very user friendly. I suggest using this for a couple reasons, it'll allow you to try out a distro to see if you like it first and if your hardware is compatable with the distro. I hope this info helps.
Linux is my opinion much better than windows, but some software only works on windows so if your in college and are taking web assisted classes I would suggest dual partitioning your hard drive or just keeping the linux distro on the flash drive. I wouldn't put windows on the flash drive, because you have to keep installing drivers each time you use it.
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Originally Posted by olephart72 View Post
4- what differences can i expect BETWIXT THE (2)?
Linux, (unlike Microsh^t products) actually works.
Your computer will work better.
You will eliminate frustration.
No need to do "system maintenance".
No need to use anti-virus crapola.
Linux unleashes the power of your computer (i.e. lots of rather simple operations, which in WinD'ohs you'd need to download software to accomplish, in Linu, you can achieve merely by typing a command. [When you become a little more advanced])
You'll feel better; life will become simpler [seriously!]
You won't have to sign away your rights and privacy by agreeing to ridiculous EULAs.
Your friends and neighbors will stop asking you for technical support after a while, when you tell them "I haven't used WinD'ohs in years, and no longer know anything about it".
You won't have to re-install your OS every 6 months; and it will work just as well 3 years from now as it does today.

I'd stay away from the new Ubuntu- it has become too much like WinD'ohs- Full of bloat and spyware. I started with Ubuntu myself, three years ago- but I've just switched to Debian, because I was don't like where Ubuntu has gone/is going. There are a ton of user-friendly Linux distros out there today, which are good for first-time users. Look at reviews on Youtube; pick one you like, and try it.

Most of us former Ubuntu users are dropping Ubuntu like a hot potato!
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It may need a bit of fiddling to get things working. If you search for "touchsmart 320" and "Linux", you'll find various posts about getting it to work. One person found Linux Mint worked straight off, except for the touch-screen feature.


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