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A little "help", PLEASE?

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by KA5LQJ, Apr 3, 2012.

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  1. KA5LQJ

    KA5LQJ Ham Member QRZ Page


    I've got the 2gB of P2700 RAM ordered and should be shipped out this week
    for my Dell 2400 computer. I got word that the guy that was gonna help me
    get Xbuntu 10.10 was injured on his job and is seeing all kinds of doctors to
    get him back healthy. He's gonna be out-of-commission for a period of time

    There USED to be places that made CD's of the Open Source software and
    would ship them to you and charge a nominal fee for the replacement of the
    CD's they used. I've looked and all I can find are those sites that will let you
    download to a DVD, which I don't have on the Dell.

    Does anyone know where I can get the aforementioned Linux distro that will
    mail me the CD's? If it's an individual, I'd be MORE than glad to compensate
    you for the cost of the CD's.


  2. KD8DEY

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    If you had a best buy close by they would have had it in stock no waiting at a good price!!.
    Thats where I got mine for my 2400.
    do you have a secondary Harddrive?
    Out of curiosity why are you wanting to install linux? Replace your Haddrive? loose your windows disk/Key??
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2012
  3. G4LNA

    G4LNA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've just checked and you can download Xbuntu from here and it will fit onto a CD, so why not download your own?
  4. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yup That particular version of linux will fit on a CD, not a DVD, BUT if his 2400 is anything like mine The cheap as supplied CD burner has probably given up the ghost by now. (crappy low end Phillips burner)

    mine will read but the burn capability was lost years ago.
  5. G4LNA

    G4LNA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does he have to use the Phillips burner? There other ones that can be downloaded, at least I used to when I used to use my Windows 98 virus box many years ago.
  6. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'm not talking about software.

    The CD-r drive supplied in the Dell Dimensions 2400 was made by Phillips and were not very reliable.
    Mine only worked for a couple of years before needing replaced.

    If he has access to a working CR-r drive and only needs software? ImgBurn works fine and is a free download.

    is the 2400 up and running?, does it have a 2nd Hard drive installed?
  7. G4LNA

    G4LNA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh right! Shows how much I know :D
  8. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Subscriber QRZ Page

    Phillips is the YUGO of cd drives!!

    It would help to know if the computer he wants to install it on is already running with an operating system.
    Some versions of Linux will boot from a USB drive. Ubuntu is one of those BUT since the version he wants to install is based on Ubuntu that may or may not work.

    If the computer doesnt have an operating system installed, and he has no working CD burner on the computer he is using, he could download the ISO, then use winrar to extract the files to a thumb drive, try to boot the computer from the thumb drive and install.

    If the computer he wants to install it on already has window..............
  9. K5PHW

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  10. KA8NCR

    KA8NCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    You just need one CD; used for a 30 MB net install image.

    From there, you boot and install everything over the internet. Keep in mind that most Linux distributions that support net install do a very poor job of finding mirror paths and telling you what they're looking to find. Net installs are looking for the stage2.img file, so give it the path on the mirror you're using and pay attention to what the menu may insert by default.

    For example, if the path to stage2 is /mirror/pub/linux/os/x86_64/install/stage2.img and the installer assumes install/stage2; you will want to give it /mirror/pub/linux/os/x86_64

    It is pain. But it still is better than burning a bunch of CDs and DVDs for packages you'll never, ever use.

    Install from USB

    Your new computer should support USB booting.

    Since you already have a computer, this might be your best option. And you should be able to get an entire distribution loaded onto one USB stick. When you're done with the install, you can use the USB stick for something else.
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