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Posted 01-04-2007 at 09:47 PM by Oblivia

OK! So asking dumb newbie questions on the forums <strong>does</strong> work. Between this site and, I got the idea that this was probably a hardware problem. Generally, the advice was "bad CD drive" or "not enough memory" -- as it turns out, everyone was kinda right: it was actual RAM that had gone bad. Of course, it took a <strong>lot</strong> of Googling to find the documentation for the PC and a long time to pore through it all and figure out what to do (like, getting into the BIOS at startup, enable extended Power On Self Tests and then figure out what all the beeps mean). After playing around with it for a bit, I got the right combination of RAMs to get Ubuntu loaded. Deadly slow, though, but it's using the rock-bottom RAM amount. I guess I'm buying a replacement for the one that dropped on me
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    Good luck with getting it up and running! The folks here have certainly helped me out a lot. I too inherited an old laptop from work, and installed Ubuntu a few days ago. Gotta love it!
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Oblivia Oblivia is offline
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    but here's a rude surprise: it doesn't like RPM files. I'm about to post this in the blog, so I won't go into too much detail here -- I put a bunch of things I wanted to run on Linux onto a CD (I love the fast connection at work!) so I could load it onto the Ubuntu box. it's all RPMs -- Ubuntu doesn't run them. It needs deb files, whatever <strong>those</strong> are...?
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Oblivia Oblivia is offline


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