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Old 02-13-2014, 11:58 PM   #1
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Intimidated newb


I'm brand new, and overwhelmed...

I took a friends advice and bought a knoppix rescue disk to revive an old pc that wouldn't boot. It works flawlessly for what it's intended to do.

I'd like to install ubuntu 12.04.4 and see if I can get it to work, but not sure if I'm smart enough to do all the coding I see everyone talking about.

I know how to type, but wasn't even good a programming VCR's...
 
Old 02-14-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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This is the point where we all begin. from a personal point of view I can tell you after working with Linux I still at times am overwhelmed. The only thing to do really is to go on working.
Best of luck with Linux.
 
Old 02-14-2014, 07:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, and encouragement-
 
Old 02-14-2014, 08:02 PM   #4
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You will be absolutely fine to do an install. Ubuntu will do everything itself asking you simple straight forward questions. You said you can type, well then you can definitely install an operating system.

It really does not require more expertise than that.

If you get stuck, you know where to ask.
 
Old 02-15-2014, 09:43 PM   #5
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To build on what ericson007 said, most Linux installers are written with the awareness that they may be used by someone who has never installed an OS before. Installing a Linux distro is much easier than it used to be and, frankly, easier than installing Windows to bare metal.

You certainly won't have to do any "coding" to get the system installed or to use it for general computing.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 09:27 AM   #6
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I've decided to give it a try...


Thanks again for the replies.


I'll start a thread in the other section if I have any trouble.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 09:15 PM   #7
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And, remember, we were all newbies once.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 09:55 PM   #8
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For an old PC Lubuntu may be a better option.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 10:41 PM   #9
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Can you post the specs of the old computer

ubuntu 12 is a bit old
the current is 13.10

and if the computer is to old and under powered a major OS might NOT install

The CPU ?
The amount of RAM ?
and if there is a 3d card what is it ? ( some old ones will NOT work with new Operating systems )
 
Old 02-24-2014, 09:24 PM   #10
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The pc is an emachine AMD athalon xp.

I figure it was the cheapest desktop bestbuy had back around '04 or so.

I put a new power supply in, and upgraded the memory and tried a video card.


I got Ubuntu 12.03 installed, and it's working.


But, chromium updated and tried to add on adobe flash player and now chromium crashes every time I try to open a page with flash-

I looked around but can't figure out how to disable tthe plugin.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 10:16 PM   #11
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You are not listening.
You installed an outdated version, then you upgraded one component and now you are wondering why is it crashing?
 
Old 02-25-2014, 11:21 AM   #12
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Well, to be fair, I updated this pc many years ago. And, the reason I decided to install the older release, is because it's supposed to be "long term service" and I thought it was the right choice. I guess if I need to install the latest version for everything to work better, I'll look into it- Which one would you reccommend?

While watching video would be nice, it's not a priority on a machine as old as this one. After all, even when it was new it always had poor preformance when streaming vids.
 
Old 02-25-2014, 02:39 PM   #13
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Thumbs up

Update...

I'm installing Lubuntu now, to see if it works better.
 
Old 02-26-2014, 11:23 AM   #14
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Talking

I still can't watch video...

But everything runs so much faster now, and I like the layout, colors, ect. better also.


Thanks for setting me straight on that.
 
Old 02-26-2014, 04:35 PM   #15
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For video you need some VDPAU supported card. And you need to install proprietary nVidia driver to benefit from it.
 
  


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