I used to have a compaq laptop, and it was a relief when the damn thing finally died. Hope you’re not buying another one, Ironlady?
Anyway, I tried to install RedHat several times and it was never 100% successful. I was able to do the partitions OK, and keep Win98, but Linux the system was never really reliable and eventually I gave up in disgust. Re-installing over the top got problematical, and after a few attempts I would usually have to reformat the whole machine.
Someone told me that many laptops can be a bit quirky this way. Is this true? Is it better just to erase Win completely?
I have a new laptop now and, although I’m still keen to tinker with Linux, I’m extremely nervous about the idea of screwing up what I have. I’m running WinXP ‘purchased’ with the machine, and don’t have any restore CD.
It apparently has 2 HDDs (14.6 and 13.2G), but I don’t know if this is really 2 physical drives. I only use one, but the other has a couple of system files (6Mb) that I’m nervous about moving. Also, it doesn’t have any internal drives, except the HDD.
The CD plugs into the USB. Would that cause problems during installation?
I’ve been thinking of buying a 2nd-hand desktop, and maybe installing there first. Smarter, but costs $s and takes up precious physical space in my little bachelor pad.
Also, are Linux systems able to talk to Palm PDAs, or will I always have to use M$ for that?