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Old 09-26-2016, 09:38 PM   #16
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Larger question is, do I bother to resurrect this Dell Laptop? It has two keys that stick and another fell off but its not one I use very much.
http://www.laptopkey.com/ will almost certainly have the parts to fix that at a very reasonable price. (I have no relationship to laptopkey.com other than as a satisfied customer.)
 
Old 09-26-2016, 10:37 PM   #17
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Or you could get an entire replacement keyboard from eBay for around $10 (maybe a bit less, maybe a bit more, depending on the model).

Looking at the specs described, it looks like a rather nice computer with a roomy screen that is definitely IMHO worth keeping up and running. But with a questionable hard drive...I'd recommend ditching the hard drive and replacing it with a low end SSD. Or if you don't want to spend any money into this computer, and you have a spare USB thumbdrive, you could experiment with RAMboot (I have a how-to on it). 4GB is on the low end of where RAMboot really shines, but you just might be amazed at the speed.
 
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Sundialsvcs: Virtual box is by Oracle. Are they really a reliable company? I am thinking of Java fiasco. I also note that they list two places to download and say one is "the MD5 algorithm must be treated as insecure!" Why still list a checksum that is insecure? It also does not have support for Linux Mint unless I can just use Ubuntu?

I successfully downloaded Linux Mint sarah xfce on a XP laptop and I'm loving it. I'd rather stick to one distro as I'm learning. No sense in turning my learning curve into a hockey stick and I have a feeling that Linux can keep offering new tempting tangents... well, forever.
VB has a selection for Linux (whatever 32 or 64 slot) I don't think they changed it sense I stopped using it. I even has solars installed, mac os, Andriod (the phone os) installed On Virtual Box back when I was playing around with it. if you want to learn Linux use SLackware, if you wnat to learn MINT then use MINT.


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Chrism01: I think the hard drive has been the same for over 5 years. Larger question is, do I bother to resurrect this Dell Laptop? It has two keys that stick and another fell off but its not one I use very much. Its the \ and | key and I drew the symbols in on the white under face. I think of this as a learning device.
if it is a half workig falling apart device. I'd find a cheep way to fix it, the keyboard is important, or you can use a Virtual keyboard if all ese fails, but if the price to fix it up enough to use goes over paying for another used laptop that does not have problems. well what would you do? PawnShops sometimes can be a good place to shop for such things.




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NOW LETS TALK HARD DRIVE OPTION! I already own an iomega external hard drive on which I have backed up my files. It has 105 GB free of 298 GB. Most of the music is also backed up on original CDs (actual hard silver discs) I have used this to backup my computer but have never had to restore it. Will this work? Do I put the virtual box on the iomega HD then run live boots? Its not ideal because it takes up two usb ports at a time. OR do I partition the iomega HD like I did the xp laptop?

But a 100 GB of space? yee-haw lets go Cinnamon!
one still can install and use Linux on 50GB of space. some even with lesser space. mine I could if I actually really had to I could run it on just 10GB of space and still have a few GB's of room left to play with.

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