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    When putting a laptop back together and you have little screws left over, they are known as 'pocket screws'.

    As you have no f**king idea where they go, so put them in your pocket and forget about them. 

    • Thanks for that, Doug [and welcome!].

      Indeed I have a considerable collection of screws but surprisingly none from the laptop.  In fact I reckon I could halve the latter's weight if I left out most of the screws.

      Those pocket screws make excellent catapult ammunition incidentally, though only at relatively short range as they aren't very aerodynamic.  [Ball bearings are much better]

  2. Ah, good. Glad to hear a new drive and a bunch of work by yourself has (almost) got you back up and running. Almost in time for Linux Mint 18 due out in July. That is if you haven't installed the beta?

    • I was actually tempted to install 18 but decided to wait for the release version.  Apart from anything else, the Beta ISO I had downloaded was one of the [trivial] losses in the crash and I would have had to download it again.

  3. That was brave. Not sure it would work on my MacBook!

    A useful tip : Microsoft developers are lazy sods. If you enter the serial numbers as all zeroes then the check sums work and it accepts it as registered software.

    Alternatively there's a site that gives you working licence keys and serial numbers for just about everything or you could go to Pirate Bay and install from there. You already have a legal copy so you're not breaking any laws!

    • It was far easier than I expected.  I already had removed the drive when the new one arrived, so I just inserted, replaced 21 screws [4 on the drive and 17 for the casing!] and was running after ten minutes.

      Windoze is a massive pain in the arse to reinstall, but Linux took only a few minutes [including all my mail, bookmarks and other settings].

      Pirate Bay? Isn't that a naughty site?  Against the law or something?  I wouldn't know anything about that!  😉

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