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Old 07-26-2005, 12:28 AM   #1
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Hard question up for anybody

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.

I got 2 spare HDs and I'd like to use them.

Help me, any information I will be gratefull for.
Old 07-26-2005, 12:53 AM   #2
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Present me YOUR f**** dead P4 I'll fix it and make disk-less router %-)
Old 07-26-2005, 08:39 AM   #3
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Do you want me to post the specs for the dead P4?

BTW, I've already got a router.

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Old 07-26-2005, 08:52 AM   #4
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Re: Hard question up for anybody

Originally posted by Aki96

On the 2 computers running XP, the one I use doesn't allow you to install any kind of linux, .
What do you mean? You can not get it to work on it or you cannot install it because its not yours?
Old 07-26-2005, 09:51 AM   #5
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Except for some Live CDs, when I try load up Mandriva, Linspire, or Red Hat takes me to there boot up screens then the computer restarts.

Cheap ass WalMart ripoff. -_-
Old 07-26-2005, 01:16 PM   #6
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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.

Old 07-26-2005, 07:38 PM   #7
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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.
Old 07-27-2005, 08:30 AM   #8
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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.
Old 07-27-2005, 10:08 AM   #9
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Actually, the BIOS did detect the hard drives but thanks for telling me.


Oh, and does anybody have any tips on trying to play Windows games on Linux? I'm talking about Battlefield 2, Half-Life 2, Call Of Duty, Act Of War, etc.

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