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The undocumented — 16 Comments

  1. “Linux Mint and had burned it onto a DVD”

    Huh? Dee veee dee? Oh right, yes , I recall them…shiny disc thingys….back in the dark days before usb installs. Next time go really old school hardcore and do a debian barebones TCP from floppy then download…that’s the only way for a true linux fanboi. 😛

  2. As a poor reader who knows nothing about computers, I feel for you – even if I do not understand a word.  I am currently trying to make an old second-hand Windows computer operate and find at least some of the programs formerly used on my more than ten year old Windows XP.  All against a deadline set by outside forces with only a week to go.  Thought computers were supposed to save time, but they always seem to fail when most needed.  Do they have an inbuilt failure mode?

    • BD, when you say ‘operate’ what do you mean? The starting point when doing anything with windows is a fresh install, you can go old and grey and lose what remains of your sanity trying to ‘repair’. No idea what you need to do or what parameters those outside forces are compelling you to comply with but have you considered using Mint on a usb? (I apologise if that is double dutch).

      • Yes, it is double dutch, and the outside force is the need to produce a newsletter (using InDesign and Photoshop) before the AGM.  However,you may be right.  Will try to wipe one disk and start again, but thanks for the help.  What kind of lunatic invented Windows?

          • He creates a system that doesn’t work very well but persuades PC sellers to install it on every machine they sell.  Having hooked everyone into using his flaky system he then starts “reinventing” it and charges through the nose for every release.  Each reinvention is flakier that the last, but he tells people that the next issue will be the best yet, so they cannot wait to shell out loads more cash for something that still doesn’t work.

            I call that genius.

        • I feel your pain or rather can empathise. My Ol’ Dad produces the Church Parish Magazine using something called Microsoft Works…a very very old version of Works…we’re talking pre XP version (think he ran it on ME originally, if anything ever ran on ME). More than once I’ve had panicked emails from him because Windows7 can’t handle the older more esoteric Works file formats…things like .elvenwp and .orcishwsxyz

          I try and avoid ever using Adobe software, especially on older machines. Tends to be very resource heavy.

  3. Glad it all went (mostly) well but 400 GB of shit stuff? Holy crap. I became irritated when I realized, while doing the usual updating and house cleaning on the wife’s Win7 partition, that the amount used on the disk went from 75 GB to 95 GB in just a couple months. Well, more like 4 months but who’s counting?

    And I stopped using DVDs for Linux distro images a long time ago. I have an old 8 GB, USB 2, “Patriot”  (Xporter XT) brand thumb drive I’ve had for about 4 years that I use exclusively for writing images. I suppose it was considered a “high end” thumb drive when I bought so maybe that’s the reason it hasn’t failed?

    Note: I just looked up the same exact thumb drive on Amazon and it’s still rated high and it’s still damn expensive. And that’s the 8 GB USB 2 model.

    • Welcome BT!  I find the easiest way is to just copy the Home partition onto an external drive.  After the fresh install, I copy back any programmes [such as Waterfox which runs from Home] and any configuration folders.  Then I just copy the files back if and when I need them.  Those that get left behind are generally junk stuff that can be binned.

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