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 Post subject: Linux on a Laptop
PostPosted: Sat 01-29-2011 5:49PM 
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Ive used Linux very little but wanted to give it a shot with my laptop. I have a Dell Inspiron 2650, so its a piece but handles XP decently. I tried to put Ubuntu on it but it would never complete the installation. Ive tried both the netbook, and desktop versions. I dont know if my laptop is just a little bitch or if Im doing something wrong. So any advice on how to get my laptop to install this would be helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Linux on a Laptop
PostPosted: Sat 01-29-2011 11:11PM 
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It's impossible, just give up now.

Just kidding. Bump?

Actually, I just installed Ubuntu on an old desktop made by Dell. It was a bitch to get to work.

It turns out that if I installed from a CD, installation would freeze near the end, if it started at all. I tried the "install from flash drive" option, and it worked beautifully. If you haven't tried it yet, give that option a shot.

As for your problem, I'd blame Dell's policy of "custom building a PC/laptop EXACTLY to the customer's order with no hope of upgrading."

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 Post subject: Re: Linux on a Laptop
PostPosted: Sat 01-29-2011 11:22PM 
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I tried to do the jump drive thing, but had some issues. but it was also the netbook version I tried with the jump drive. I guess Ill give it a try again when I get home.

and yea Dell sucks. This laptop has been a huge pain b/c of Dells bull shit. but oh well it was cheap when I got it and its been doing the things I demand of it when I use it.

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 Post subject: Re: Linux on a Laptop
PostPosted: Thu 02-03-2011 2:31PM 
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try the alternative disk... its a straight install disk, no fancy live.. and it fits on a disk better.. I had to overburn my desktop disk for my ppc lappy... installed fine.. but the alternative disk install gave me more options.

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