Guess my old desktop has finally died. Despite recently fitting an SSD to
it in an attempt to keep it reasonably up to date.
Yesterday, it booted OK, but failed to make the normal internet
connection. Couldn't get into the 'Network' section to try fault finding,
so re-booted. And now only shows the BIOS start up picture. Won't even go
into BIOS setup - although it says it is trying.
*Why is the word abbreviation so long?
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Disconnect all disks, usb peripherals, take out the RAM, make sure a
speaker/piezo is attached to the motherboard - do you get a pattern of
beeps? Search for that pattern combined with the motherboard model. Do
you have a POST-card?
Yes. seen all sorts of behviours.
But frankly, if its a old MB (>7years) I'd spend a couple of hundred on
a newer MB and more RAM.
But then I dont have to worry that linux won't work on a new MB
M$ means having to reinstall and sometiems te old license wont work.
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(or environmental activism) is becoming a general ideology about humans,
On Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:13:57 +0100, The Natural Philosopher
Then may I suggest you haven't tried it on that many. I have a mate
who ran a PC shop for 16 years so I have / did.
Not had one yet but then I know what I'm doing with an OS that most of
the hardware you buy was 'designed for'. ;-)
When I have tried Linux on new hardware and it doesn't work I'm told
off by the Linux Geeks for not checking beforehand that the hardware I
have chosen (when I rarely 'choose it' as such, it's just what seems
to do most of what I want at the best price break and of course,
supports Windows) is 'Linux compatible' (whatever that's supposed to
mean ... apart from the tail wagging the dog).
Then why I try it on some older hardware (because 'Linux is good for
that sort of thing') and it doesn't work, I'm told it's my fault again
for trying Linux on older hardware. ;-(
In general though, I'd agree, that most DE's on most Linux distros
work mostly on most not too old, not too new hardware and you can
often even way with transplanting a Linux system from one machine to
another (by moving the hard drive over).
For most who aren't just using their PC's as web terminals or
typewriters or who don't have loads of time, interest, patience or
need to try to get anything outside the std Office apps working, it
can be a bit of an uphill struggle (if not impossible), especially in
this Windows centric world. ;-(
And what when it goes wrong, who can you take it to? I've been
dabbling (and using as 'an alternative OS') Linux for many years now
and *still* don't know anyone in person who knows more about it than I
do (and I know (or care for that matter), little about what goes on
under the hood, just like the vast majority of PC users in fact).
Cheers, T i m
p.s. I'm looking at a really old laptop for a friend and whilst Vista
won't boot (there is a graphics ram fault), Linux does (in software
rendering so s l o w) so I could leave Linux on there for them, even
dual boot so they can still get to their docs etc. Except I know they
wouldn't want it or use it (because what they *need* is the likes of
iTunes etc) and would rather go out and buy a new laptop that of
course, comes with Windows.
I had an old MB that took over a minute to get past the BIOS when a
logitech webcam was plugged in.
Itd ethernet went faulty as well, so I got this shiny new MP, RAM and an
SSD for a couple of hundred. Case is the same, still has its original XP
home license from its original owner on it from 10 years ago...
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign,
that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
The PC seems to freeze just after it the BIOS puts up the logo but,
as Dave omits it, not as far as the BIOS's POST.
Sounds like it could be a hardware fault. Perhaps the motherboard
itself although someone mentioned it could be the PSU.
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