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Old 07-17-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Question Which to use

I have a couple of desktop computers that will not load win gets to the end of loading and then blue screens,(hp's amd processors). their site states that they need an up dated driver to make it work...I haven't updated the bios yet,don't know if that will help?
Which Linux should I use to replace the win xp? I fix computers and give them away to disabled vets, seniors and students, so I need something that will with their school work, what do you suggest?
Thank for your time and consideration.

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We would need to know more of the specs of the computers you have to make good suggestions. If you can give us a little more to go regarding the hardware .....
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Welcome to the forums!

A few thoughts:

First, if the computers are physically broken (failed hard drive for example), using Linux instead of Windows will not magically repair the physical damage.

Second, you need to tell us the hardware specs (CPU, RAM, video card, etc.) to get any meaningful recommendations. If the hardware is modern (1ghz+ CPU, 1gb+ RAM, supported graphics card) then Mint is a very popular distribution for first time Linux users.

Third, you should find out which operating system the recipient of the computer actually wants. Most people prefer Windows over Linux and furthermore may require Microsoft applications such as Office for work/school. Therefore my recommendation is to troubleshoot the Windows install (a fresh reinstall often works wonders) unless you know for a fact they want Linux. If that is the case, then I would say, choose the Linux distribution that you personally are experienced with so you can provide the necessary support.

Good luck and please feel free to post back with additional details/questions!

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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You may want to wipe the hard drive completely and then do a fresh install of xp.

Dban works great for that. Download Dban and burn to cd and run it.

You could try a live CD OS first.

I prefer Debian, but is a great one too. It's really up to you.

If you build it, then better be prepared to support the user.


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