About a month ago my brother in-law came to me with his wife’s “dead” Windows XP computer. The computer would not boot at all. After a successful POST, the system would just sit there, unable to find any bootable media. I was asked if I could recover their files for them. Outside of that, they …Continue reading Switching My Sister In-law To Linux
The Dell Inspiron 2600 is a pretty old laptop, but can still be a useful computer if there’s a decent OS installed. I had been running Ubuntu on this machine, but I started getting random freezes starting with Ubuntu Hardy. As a result, I was running Hardy with an older kernel from Gutsy. There were …Continue reading CentOS 5.4 On The Dell Inspiron 2600
The web is rife with articles and blog posts citing statistics of Windows vs. Linux on netbooks. Nearly all of these articles mention the stats of the pre-installed OS from online and brick and mortar stores. A quick search of NewEgg.com yielded one netbook with Linux pre-installed and 63 running Windows XP. There were also …Continue reading What OS Do You Run On Your Netbook?
Being the computer geek in the family means I am frequently called upon for computer emergencies. The most recent one involves a Dell computer that bit the dust. The machine wouldn’t POST and gave only a memory error beep code. After several rounds of moving the memory chips to different slots and then trying new …Continue reading Why I hate Dell
Update Nov. 9, 2008 – While trying to get Ubuntu 8.10 working on my 2600, I remembered one key detail to getting 8.04 to work. I’ve only gotten it to work with BIOS revision A08. Here’s a link to the Inspiron 2600 BIOS A08 on the Dell website. Unfortunately, this is a Windows executable to …Continue reading Ubuntu Video Configuration on a Dell Inspiron 2600