Well, I finally have been able to log on the internet, using
Linux, this was difficult and a long story when maybe it shouldn't have been if I had been using my noodle.
It all started when my Window Xp, 2.4 GHZ clone crashed HARD
when I started playing a newly bought PC game, "Knights of the Old Republic 2". In the middle of that game My computer crashed and wouldn't get up and act right for a long long time.... I must have re-installed windows at least 5 times,
Finally I decided to get a different motherboard and processor, Particularly when I tried to install a Linux distro on this machine (Fedora 5), and it wouldn't
install. I got an inexpensive AMD Athlon type processor with a inexpensive motherboard. Installed it with the additional Windows XP 2 disks.
The new processor and motherboard seemed to work okay , Windows operated with better stability. I was able to get through KOTOR 2 (lackluster,very difficult ending). I was able to install Fedora 5, (dual booted along with Windows a neat trick on my computer!).
It was really odd the way my computer crashed ,it crashed as I was plying KOTOR 2, the part when some Alien slavers, invade my ship (Ebon Hawk) and I have to fight them off.
Anyway, I began looking at Linux as a viable alternative to possible Microsoft shenanigans. I was able to install Fedora 5, but I couldn't get online with it,( didn't have the right type of modem"), and also I couldn't play my DVD movies on Fedora 5, (because then Fedora 5 wouldn't be an open source distro if it used licensing!) which was a drag. I didn't have much use for Fedora 5.
Recently I ran into some money. I decided to try Mandriva new distro..and paid $50.00, but I also got an in-expensive PCI modem that was rated to work with Linux, but I couldn't get or understand how to get Fedora to work with that new modem. I also considered getting Windows Vista, as it could be brought inexpensively, it would be a good upgrade.
Microsoft is up to more stuff that actually shied me away from purchasing Vista.
The #1. I learned that Microsoft was now making things difficult for potiental users to dual boot Operating systems like linux with Windows. I felt that linux ,and open source computing might be the wave of the future.. and with Vista it would make things difficult for users like me to turn to alternative systems. I'm listening to other Linux/Windows users and am avoiding Vista for the present time.
I finally got my modem to work with Linux, with Mandriva 2007, I brought this from there company figuring if my Windows systems breaks down and I have to use a linux system, at least I will be able to watch some DVD movies or maybe play some Window games on Mandriva (if I can't get online).
Mandriva 2007 sort of recognized my modem (The modem is a US Robotics? 5610), but I guess it didn't know where it was? After putting the correct information about my ISP, it just took some playing around, finding the right port for the modem to come to life...and I was able to began. I am writing this on my windows system still though Thanks Mr. Gates
really..the one of many problems I am having with using Firefox/Mandriva online is that some of the websites present their info in French..I speak english. How do I get my info in English?