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Old 02-15-2003, 12:56 PM   #1
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This question might be a first...

I was hounded into buying linux by abunch of anti-MS fanatics. These fanboi's kept telling me how great it was and yadda yadda. I buy redhat 8.0 ... setup and install is easy enough. Then it doesn't detect my modem. Apparently I had a winmodem which didn't work with Linux. I was a little dismayed but as I have multiple computers I installed on another comp. This one having a PCI modem. Doesn't take long before I realize linux doesn't work with pci modems either. Apparently it doesn't work/support many modems at all. On top of that my sound didn't work either... thogh I didn't bother to try and fix that. When I asked those fanboi "friends" of mine what I should do they suggested I go out and spend more money to buy an external modem and/or build a new comp from scratch. Uhhh... spend a total of more than a hundred bucks to get linux running? no thanks. buy all new hardware just to try out some alternitive OS that doesn't support common hardware? I think I'll just stick with MacOS/Windows.... which brings me to my question...

Whats the best way to get a refund?

They should list this crap on the box under minimum requirements.... funny that I find out what works and what doens't AFTER they have my money.

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Old 02-15-2003, 12:58 PM   #2
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huh? take it back to the shop.... what's this got to do with linux itself?

pci modems ARE 95% winmodems. and most of them are supported.
Old 02-15-2003, 01:48 PM   #3
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They should list this crap on the box under minimum requirements.... funny that I find out what works and what doens't AFTER they have my money.
Lot's of software and hardware is that way.

This is why I am not overly militant about converting people to Linux. Some people expect Linux to be Windows and refuse to go beyond that. If you are happy with Windows and dislike Linux you should stick with Windows.
What was the reason you were interested in trying Linux?
Were you complaining about problems or the cost of Windows? Or were your "friends" telling you Linux is better the only reason you tried it?

I prefer handing out Knoppix CDs.

Good Luck with the Windows thing. I hear "Longhorn" will be great.
Old 02-15-2003, 02:17 PM   #4
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First of all, Linux is free. I don't know what version you bought, but you probably paid for support, rather than the software itself. Why not call the company and ask them?

Second, do you work for Microsoft?

Just wondering.
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Yeah, it was breaktime in Redmond.
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2 words. Dual Boot. Then you can have the best of both worlds...


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