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Old 10-28-2006, 07:08 PM   #1
mapman88
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Should I try Linux


I am here because I have replaced my motherboard in an emachines, and now XP will not work. Emachines has told me that Windows will not work because I did not use their motherboard, and I need to purchase an off the shelf version of Windows or buy their motherboard. I am wondering if I can download a Linux operating system; it seems from the questions even in the Newbie forum that this is over my head....
 
Old 10-28-2006, 07:53 PM   #2
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Do you have an operating system installed at the moment on the computer, do you have access to another one with a cdrw?

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I am wondering if I can download a Linux operating system; it seems from the questions even in the Newbie forum that this is over my head....
Of course you can. I reccomend PCLinuxOS for new users. Its easy to use, has nice graphical configuration tools for everything. It comes with lots of software once installed (more can be installed later on from the distributions online software repositories). It comes with very good multimedia support out of the box. The community is friendly. It is free to download and use.

It is a live cd/install cd, so you can pop it in the computer, restart the computer, the computer will start off the cdrom (it wont touch the harddrive) and you can sue it as if it were installed. You can test all your hardware is working e.g. network/internet, sound, video etc etc. If you decide you like it on the desktop there is a button saying install, double click it and then just follow the instructions presented and it will be installed.

PCLinuxOS can be downloaded from here:
http://ftp.sh.cvut.cz/MIRRORS/pclinu...glish/preview/

you want the version called pclinuxos-p93a-bigdaddy.iso

Once you have downloaded the file, you will need to burn it to cd. Not in the same way you would burn say a spreadsheet, there is a special method of doing this. If you have nero installed then it is the burn a disk image/iso image option you will want then just choose the above file you downloaded.

If you do not have nero, or software that can burn the iso image, download http://www.download.com/Amazing-CD-D...ml?tag=lst-0-2 this will allow you to burn the iso correctly (do not use windows xp cd writer)

Some screenshots of Pclinuxos can be here:
http://shots.osdir.com/slideshows/sl...3a+screenshots


Michael
 
Old 10-28-2006, 07:55 PM   #3
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I forgot to mention, if you choose to install PCLinuxos copy the files you need to backup to a usb storage device before installing, otherwise you will lose the files. You can do this fro within PCLinuxOS.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 09:55 PM   #4
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Should you try Linux??? YES.... set yourself free of Microsoft's tight choke hold and try Linux! Seriously Linux has everything you need from work to play. Just remember that Linux is not Windows. Like everything else it takes time to learn something new. You could try Ubuntu. I tried it once and it seems perfect for newbies. I myself use Debian. Good luck in whatever distro you use!
 
Old 10-30-2006, 10:43 PM   #5
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I am wondering if I can download a Linux operating system; it seems from the questions even in the Newbie forum that this is over my head....
If you are capable of installing Windows you are capable of installing Linux.
And not only can you download Linux you you can ask for a free CD from these folks.
They also have forums which I have heard are newbie friendly.
Good Luck.

EDIT: Oh, and don't forget to read this.

Last edited by 2damncommon; 10-30-2006 at 10:51 PM.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 11:45 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by mapman88
I am here because I have replaced my motherboard in an emachines, and now XP will not work. Emachines has told me that Windows will not work because I did not use their motherboard, and I need to purchase an off the shelf version of Windows or buy their motherboard. I am wondering if I can download a Linux operating system; it seems from the questions even in the Newbie forum that this is over my head....
This says it all about the insanity of bundling Windows with a computer---you wind up paying for Windows without even really owning it...
You really have no recourse with e-Machines: They sold you a package, and you modified it. Once you do that, you are on your own.

If you have Windows on a CD (or on your harddrive), there should be a way to make it work, but some of us think that Linux will be easier. (Just don't expect Linux to be like Windows....)
 
Old 10-31-2006, 06:34 AM   #7
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This says it all about the insanity of bundling Windows with a computer---you wind up paying for Windows without even really owning it...
You really have no recourse with e-Machines: They sold you a package, and you modified it. Once you do that, you are on your own.

If you have Windows on a CD (or on your harddrive), there should be a way to make it work, but some of us think that Linux will be easier. (Just don't expect Linux to be like Windows....)
I agree. Just another reason I hate MS, but if you're not prepared to do a boatload of reading/learning, Linux likely wont work much better for you. Installing Windows from scratch isn't that hard. Since you swapped the motherboard, I'm guessing you have a Video card and probably onboard sound(on the motherboard CD). If you have onboard Video and Audio, everything you need is on the motherboard CD, and should install easily.

As for Windows, the cheapest/easiest thing to do, will be to buy the OEM version of Windows. It will have NOTIHNG installed, pretty much the OS, Internet Explorer, and the other basic stuff of Windows(Paint, Text editor, solitaire, etc.) The rest you'll have to buy or download. If you need a free MS Word equivalent, try Open Office. Do a search here and you'll see its quite popular for Linux users, and it also works very well under Windows.

http://www.openoffice.org

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8&Sku=M17-7500

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116169

If you have the ability to install a motherboard, my first suggestion would be to never ever buy another PC from a box store. Buy parts, and build your own. You won't save much money, but you'll get 10x the PC for your money. Last computer I bought was a Compaq Presario 400mhz

Good luck
IGF

Last edited by IndyGunFreak; 10-31-2006 at 06:37 AM.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 12:11 PM   #8
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This is what forced me to move to linux in the frst place, a few years ago i upgraded my comp and windows has never worked since. I consider it a blessing in disguise, apart from games (which i dont really play often anyhow) i can't think of a single other reason why i'd move back.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 04:01 PM   #9
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A good way to get started with linux is to head down to your nearest newsagent/bookstore type place,

Pick up a few linux magazines, they normally come with an OS on the cover disk

install that, have a play around, follow whatever tutorials are in the magazine etc...

dont worry too much about the GUI, just get stuck in with the command line stuff, thats where the party's at :P
 
  


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