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I've just been introduced to Linux and I like it but there's a problem.
I've got 2 computers running Windows XP and a dead P4 computer.
Why is this a problem?
On the 2 computers running XP, the one I use doesn't allow you to install any kind of linux, the other one is the families computer, and the P4 computer has no Hard Drive because the motherboard is f***** up enough to where nothing gets installed on a HD through SATA or IDE. I've tried Damn Small Linux through the CD Drive but I don't think it's gonna help me.
What I'm trying to do is make the P4 computer come to life by either using my 1GB USB pen drive or a external HD running through the USB or the parralel port.
And finally, have it network to the Windows computers so it's allowed to access there HDs. I'm guessing that the family computer is using NTFS (not allowed near the family comp) and is mine running it as well, so I know I can't write to the HDs on the others but I need to just be able to read them.
A computer is a computer. It may be cheap, but it does at least run no? If the motherboard is failing, then it needs a replacement. No OS is going to repair faulty hardware. If the board is bad, how are you going to get the box on the network with the other computers? The built in network card is part of the mobo, and a PCI one still goes through the motherboard. You can probably get a new mobo without processor for like $20 on pricewatch. Figure out what board it is, then get the exact same one and swap parts.
If the graphical installer is crashing, try doing the text only install. If the live distros work then the hardware is compatible, you just need to get something running on it.
I say it was crap because it wasn't my idea of a good performing computer that I could use for intense gaming. A Celeron processor (128KB L2 Cache for those, the good ones like the P4 use 1MB), no AGP slot, 4 PCI (The slower one's, not the new PCI-Expresses), and the two usable graphics card that I can use is a 128MB PCI graphics card and a spare 64MB PCI adapter.
Yeah, when I bought these, I was a real Now I know better and I've been trying to build a good performer (Read Dead P4) to balance out the crap I bought (Read Above).
My plan about the P4 was to use a USB HD to install a OS and booting from there.
And it wasn't the Linuxes that weren't booting from the HDs, I also couldn't install or boot Win XP or Win 2K on the d*** thing. That was with experimenting with 3 different bootable HDs with IDE and SATA for a week.
And right now, I don't really have the money to get a good mobo.
I have a PIII mobo I thought was dead because the bios would not detect any hard drive or cd drive I put in it. Nevertheless I kept it. Last weekend I was given a PII gateway pc, so I popped out the PII mobo and put in the PIII (just to give it one more chance before I chucked it in my next hardware toss). This time I did one thing I forgot to do the last time. I cleared the CMOS, and all my hardware was detected. I have been using as a test system to try out different linux distros without touching my main system.