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Installing Mint, Screwed Windows

I went to install Mint 16 last night (the latest version) as a dual-boot system. I have a 1.5TB disk where Windows 7 lives with Mint 12, and 2 encrypted 3TB disks. (Mint 12 is no longer bootable, BTW.) Obviously, things did not go as planned... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I backup my Windows 7 operating system for use on a new hard drive?

The hard drive on my computer is about to go. I've backed up all of my files, etc. but is there a way for me to back up the Windows 7 OS and install it on new hard drive? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Apr 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Hoping to make my hdd time travel forward

I moved an SSD to a new system. Now I can't access files on the old hdd that were created during the time the SSD was a part of that old system. Can they be brought back to life? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Is there a way to update things on an no-longer supported version of Ubuntu?

I'm stuck using an old no longer supported version of ubuntu (11.04) on my primary laptop because the video card is not supported by the newer distros. Is there anyway I can get updates for it or is there an alternate OS that will still support old Intel video? I've already run into snafus with ruby and firefox is no longer updating ( I can probably just switch to chrome). I don't want to spend to much time yak shaving because I would rather be getting stuff done.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Duplicate file names... in the same folder

In Windows 7, I have several examples of identically-named files in the same folder. As far as I know, this shouldn't be possible. Any ideas about why this would have happened and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on Aug 12, 2012 - 13 answers

I have a 3 1/2 year old Snow Leopard iMac on my hands that crashed, lost its disk partition (or was unable to recognize it...) when booted from install disk, froze twice while booting off the install disk, then rebooted as if nothing bad had ever happened. Twice. What is this computer's damage?

I have a 3 1/2 year old Snow Leopard iMac on my hands that crashed, lost its disk partition (or was unable to recognize it...) when booted from install disk, froze twice while booting off the install disk, then rebooted as if nothing bad had ever happened. Twice. What is this computer's damage? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

What smartphone gives me root, has an OS that'll be around in 2 years, & won't crash too much?

What smartphone should I buy if I want root on my device (without having to jailbreak it), hardware & OS quality (crashing once a month or less), and upgradability? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Nov 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it?

Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Sep 14, 2011 - 18 answers

Who'se driving this thing?

What was the first computer operating system to use device drivers as we would recognize them today? Bonus question: when was that specific term first used?
posted by idiopath on Jun 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me resuscitate an ageing G4 Power Macintosh with a linux distribution

Can I rehabilitate an elderly Power Mac G4 for study? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Mar 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Reinstalling an OS on a new computer

I'm purchasing a computer. It requires Win7 Ultimate and I have a choice as to how that happens. [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Sep 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Should I juice up my new laptop with more memory?

Have received a new laptop as a gift. Should I add more RAM to get ahead of Moore's Law? Should a possible RAM upgrade influence my choice of OS? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on Jun 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me migrate a Windows system to Apple's bootcamp

I need help migrating an existing Windows XP file system from a Thinkpad to a new Macbook running bootcamp. [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Jun 7, 2010 - 8 answers

How should I partition my drive to make migrating from Windows Vista to Windows 7 easier?

PartitionFilter: I just got a new machine with Windows Vista with a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out. I'm planning on doing a fresh installation of Windows 7 when I get it, but in the meantime I'd like to get settled in Windows Vista. Is there a good strategy to partitioning the 640GB HD so I can migrate with ease? Was thinking of having two partitions, one for OS, one for Program Data / Storage, and then wiping the OS partition when Windows 7 comes through. Advice?
posted by miasma on Oct 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Media PC OS suggestions?

What's the best way to configure my PC as an internet television hub? [more inside]
posted by superbird on Jul 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Kid Friendly OS for windows pc

Recommendations for an Operating system for Kids ages 3-6 [more inside]
posted by Mr_Chips on May 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Choosing a filesystem for an external hdd

What filesystem should I use on my new USB 2.0 external hard drive? It'll mostly stay attached to an Ubuntu box and be used to store large video files for streaming to playback devices on my network, but I'd also like to be able to take it to a friend's house and plug it into whatever computer they happen to have. [more inside]
posted by contraption on May 2, 2009 - 12 answers

How, why, and what OS for my old notebook...

What OS should I put on my aging laptop? How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Apr 7, 2009 - 23 answers

Clean me up, Scotty!

What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Feb 29, 2008 - 13 answers

How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound?

How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Dec 31, 2007 - 7 answers

I am a n00b

I just got a new laptop with decent specs and I want to take this chance at starting fresh. I want a machine that runs smoothly and doesn't have a lot of extraneous crap installed on it. I need advice about getting this set up the way I want it. [more inside]
posted by Caper's Ghost on Nov 26, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me learn to live with Vista

Help me learn to live with Vista. Tips, modifications, downloads sought. [more inside]
posted by Mozzie on Sep 13, 2007 - 11 answers

WIndows Vista nor or later?

Windows Vista: Should I get it right when it comes out or will an upgraded & updated version be released later on? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Nov 28, 2006 - 18 answers

Linux for a Windows Power User

What are some books and resources that can help a Windows expert make the transition to Linux for good? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Jul 7, 2006 - 13 answers

"There's no place like home...."

Need a tinker-free Linux/MySql install for Ruby On Rails. Also, seeking advice for getting started in RoR. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 27, 2006 - 19 answers

Knanks in advance...

Knoppix won't let me delete or move files [MI] [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Jun 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Which freely available utilities, gizmos and doodads ALWAYS have a place on your Windows machine?

WinDoze: You're setting up your new machine. Which freely available utilities, gizmos and doodads ALWAYS have a place on your computer? WinAmp? WinZip? WinRAR? Acrobat Reader? ICQ (or variants)? For me, on a WinDoze system I can't live without IrfanView or DCEnhance.
posted by RavinDave on Sep 2, 2004 - 23 answers

Why can't I copy my files?

Here's a hard one: why can’t I copy my files? [More griping inside] [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jun 28, 2004 - 7 answers

OS X "beachball" interrupt?

Duh question: On OSX is there any neat way of interrupting that annoying, multicoloured spinning fan that tells you it's still trying to load a page, short of just rebooting? You know, to tell your computer you're no longer interested and would prefer to move on. Many thanks for any tips!
posted by MiguelCardoso on May 11, 2004 - 26 answers

Do hardware upgrades mean HD reformatting is in my future?

I'm considering upgrading the processor (and possibly the motherboard) on an older PC. Am I going to have to reformat the HD? Obviously, I'll back up all the data just in case, but I was under the impression that the OS would just find the new hardware upon booting up for the first time. The 14 year-old at the local CompUSA claims otherwise--that I'll have to rebuild the OS once I put the new processor in place. So which is it?
posted by jpoulos on Dec 30, 2003 - 8 answers

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