I have an Acer laptop with an i3 chip and the standard amount of RAM, probably 4GB that I bought in 2011. Just over a year after I bought it, and just weeks after the end of warranty, the hard drive died.
I'm wondering how hard it would be to buy a new hard drive and install Ubuntu or something like that. Is it possible?
If so, how much of a pain is it to set up drivers? Would I have to manually install drivers for nearly everything (USB ports, wireless receiver, etc)?
posted by KokuRyu
on Jan 10, 2013 -
How do I best set up Linux partitions & mount points on my old netbook with limited storage capacity? [more inside]
posted by Edogy
on Jun 5, 2012 -
Have an existing install of REDHAT on a first partition, I have created a second partition and am trying to use GRUB to install a second OS (happens to be another version of redhat). Please help, or ask for more details if needed. From the GRUB command line how do I make it install on a selected partition.
posted by samuel1613
on Dec 17, 2010 -
Attention Linux gurus of MeFi: Attempting to set up an old Dell Latitude CS laptop as a Linux system (Xubuntu) for a coworker. Massive installation headaches ensue thanks to missing hardware. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs
on Sep 1, 2009 -
Which one of the multitude of Linux distros should someone who's never used Linux before give a go? [more inside]
posted by n3rt
on Aug 18, 2009 -
Does software exist which will allow me to use my PC's DVD drive as an external USB drive for my netbook? [more inside]
posted by whir
on May 20, 2009 -
A plea for help in installing/running a seemingly simple open-source program on a Windows box. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 28, 2008 -
I am having problems making a persistent installation of Ubuntu on a usb thumb drive. [more inside]
posted by tip120
on Jul 22, 2008 -
Configured Readline with the prefix 'ur/local' on OSX. Then installed Ruby in /usr/local, but with Readline. Would like to put everything in the proper place without damaging anything, so what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by djgh
on Jul 23, 2007 -
What are all the things I need to apt-get, in order to turn my minimal Ubuntu Fiesty Server install into the complete graphical OS? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob
on Jun 16, 2007 -
I'm trying to install Ubuntu Server on a just out of the box Dell machine. After completing the install the machine hangs (displaying only a blinking cursor), and subsequent attempts at reinstall from the LiveCD result in hangs as well. [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on May 3, 2007 -
How can I wipe a hard drive if I can't boot from CD and there is no floppy drive? We want to install winXP on a machine with Ubuntu (eventual dual-boot).
posted by billtron
on Jan 28, 2007 -
Yet another dorky Linux question: how can I install an upgraded version of the Berkeley DB libraries
on my RedHat Linux 9 machine without totally horking all the apps that are installed that rely on the older version? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by delfuego
on Oct 23, 2004 -
What would be a good way to do an absolutely minimal installation of Debian Linux (or a distro based on it) and then install what I need as I need it using apt-get? The system would need to have decent hardware support (ie. work with my cable modem) but, apart from that, contain the minimum required to boot the system and run apt-get.
posted by reklaw
on Jul 7, 2004 -