[clug-talk] laptop recommendations

Robert Lewko lewkor at gmail.com
Sun May 28 18:16:06 PDT 2006


I have my laptop.  I got the Acer 3623 that does not have an OS and I
installed Linux on it.  The only hitch was that I thought the wireless
device was called ethN.  When I brought up Kwifimanager I saw that the
device was named ath0 and then I was away.  Thanks for all the suggestions.

On 5/28/06, Shawn <sgrover at open2space.com> wrote:
>
> On Sunday 28 May 2006 18:08, Mitchell Brown wrote:
> > > If you
> > > have two partitions, C and D for example, only the C partition will be
> > > rewritten.
> >
> > As far as I understand, the C can *only* be replaced if its
> > size/checksum/appearence is *exactly* that of what it was when it was
> > purchased. The technology used to recover the drive is not by Acer, but
> it
> > is actually Norton Ghost (blah!!!). I don't think its possible to
> restore
> > it once you've resized the C:
>
> BZZZTTT!!!  I think this is wrong.  After all, I just recently did an
> fdisk on
> my new Acer and completely wiped the drive.  Created the first partition
> for
> Windows (That's the key - the recovery tool will always install to the
> first
> partition), and then created suitable linux partitions.
>
> Next I restored my system to factory installation of the software, using
> my
> new partitions.  (WORD OF WARNING - boot up the before beginning any of
> this
> - mine didn't come with any media whatsoever, and had to be burned when
> the
> box was installed for the first time).  After testing to make sure Windows
> was working fine, I then went ahead and installed Linux (Kubuntu Dapper in
> this case).  I made sure that Linux was installed to the non-windows
> partition.
>
> I'm happily running with a dual boot, with my own custom hard drive
> configuration.  And I have no problems whatsoever that are caused by the
> hardware  (other than a very minor glitch in the Intel video
> settings).  Any
> issues I have run into are strictly related to the distribution I choose
> to
> put on there.  So, I can't blame Acer for choices made by Kubuntu.
>
> As for the Norton Ghost comment, again I claim this is wrong.  I replaced
> a
> Toshiba laptop that used Ghost for recovery, and I was able to customize
> my
> drives there as well.  Again though, the Windows partition must be first -
> but the size of the partition isn't overly critical as long as it's large
> enough to hold the necessary install.
>
> As for the recovery partition, this is but ONE method to handle
> recovery.  I
> personally don't like to waste drive space on something I'm not likely to
> use
> for the life of the computer.  Instead I'd rather recover from a CD/DVD.
> Then I can reclaim that space for all my porn.. er.. stolen mp3's.. er no,
> my
> work files.. yeah, that's it....
>
> The partition scheme of any computer when delivered is nothing more than a
> recommendation.  For those who do not know what a partition is, this
> likely
> won't matter much.  For those of us who know what we're doing, we're going
> to
> change the recommendation to meet our needs...  But if you don't make your
> recovery media first (or have it from the manufacturer), of course you're
> going to loose whatever is on the drive.  That's just plain common sense.
>
> How's that saying go?  A good muscian blames his instrument?  I don't
> think
> this applies in the computer world.  Rather I think one who blames
> hardware
> for every issue is not a very experienced mucisian yet.
>
> Shawn
>
>
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