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Using Linux when repairing PC


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#1 Elise

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:54 AM

Hello, I have started to use Linux (kubuntu live CD) just to see how it works.
I would like to know if it is possible/useful to use a live cd when repairing PC's, for example those with booting problems. I have seen many cases in which it seemed to me like a good alternative.
Someone experience with this/good distribution for this kind of purpose? If it is a stupid question, please say so, I am relatively new at Linux-stuff.

Thanx, advice will be highly appreciated!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 06:45 AM

Sorry, I failed to mention that I was thinking of Knoppix or Puppy.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:00 AM

Hello, I have started to use Linux (kubuntu live CD) just to see how it works.
I would like to know if it is possible/useful to use a live cd when repairing PC's, for example those with booting problems. I have seen many cases in which it seemed to me like a good alternative.
Someone experience with this/good distribution for this kind of purpose? If it is a stupid question, please say so, I am relatively new at Linux-stuff.

Thanx, advice will be highly appreciated!



A live Linux CD can be very helpful in cases where Windows will not operate correctly. Knoppix is very friendly to work with, especially for beginners.

http://www.shockfamily.net/cedric/knoppix/

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:21 AM

Thank you, I am downloading it now to see how it works.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:39 PM

Well, that one failed the test. It works fine, but only with my old CRT hooked up. For repairing... dont think so... I would be busy half a day to find the correct refresh rates for an LCD-screen first.

Any other suggestion for a good distro (live cd) that can be used for repairing?

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:18 PM

Custom Nimblex comes to mind. Also you may wish to try different boot options for Knoppix. I'm sure there is a way to make it run on LCD screens unless you have an odd refresh rate or video card.

GpartED Live CD is a good disk formatting Distro

http://custom.nimblex.net/

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 12:09 AM

I use an ubuntu Live DVD for computer fixed where windows works right. I have tested it on my system, and it found the right frequency for my high end LCD right off the bat, withouth connecting to the internet or me having to set anything, and even had default drivers for my video card, and allowed me access to everything on the hard drive.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 01:58 AM

Thanks again!
The problem with knoppix is not that it will not work, but just that this problem happens a lot on lcd's. To find the right frequency/change boot options (find the right one) differs from pc to pc and when I want just to rescue some data or format/check a drive it does not pay of.

I'll try some other distro's and see which one works fine for me.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 04:08 AM

I personally would recommend Fedora, SuSe, and Mandriva... I have not had any issues with lcd monitors with their live cds/dvds...

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 08:17 AM

LiveCD is great especially on the new big USB flash drives, like 4GB.
(I use Sandisk Micro Cruzer- they are vfat but need to be marked bootable)
Don't forget to add an overlay file. Maxsize is a good place to start.
Don't worry, the files are compressed.
I've done fedora 8,10 & 11.
Ubuntu is easy for those who just want to use Linux and seems to have more features, but is harder to modify and probably less secure.
fedora uses SELinux extensively. (Security Enhanced)
fedora 11 will be released in May
Ubuntu also has a 6 month release schedule.
These are works in progress, so there is a tradeoff of new features and stability.
Videos ad mp3 are less hassle on Ubuntu.
You can even create the live usb from Windows
Just download the ISO image and burn it ti CD or use LiveCD or LiveUSB(I forget) to load them to the USB)
The trick is to get the USB marked bootable! - see the USB how to for details.
This was written for fedora 8
Some things have moved around for fedora 10 and up (a good learning experience)
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraLiveCD/USBHowTo
(http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraLiveCD/LiveCDHowTo (CDs can't have an overlay unless they are read-write))
Pungi allows you to make your own spins
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureUsePungi

I boot Linux on new computers before I install all the software
Linux is a little behind the cureve on supporting the multi core processors out of the box, but they work fine.
Oh, and 'crack' is a LiveCD version of Linux which is designed to recover passwords from windows systems!
The only passwords it has problems with contain special characters....
Understand?

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:08 AM

Thank you very much for your explanations javadancer!! I am currently using different distro's to see which one fits me.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 10:15 AM

I've just used Puppy Linux to fix my Windows P.C about a month ago.

My P.C wasn't booting up, so I used Puppy Linux which would load all from the RAM and then I could access my files and back them up easily via drag and drop as it uses a neat GUI.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 10:21 AM

Yes, puppy is also on my try-list, heard many good things about it.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 11:10 AM

Yes, puppy is also on my try-list, heard many good things about it.


Yes it was great for backing up my files, considering i'm a complete novice who has never used Linux before. I didn't really use the other features on there, like it included some apps but I only needed it to backup my files.

I can see using live disks as being a user-friendly way to mend computers, e.g when you cannot boot up, and safe mode won't load, instead of using the Command Line interfaces which send me crazy.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 12:41 PM

Well, so far, definitely Puppy! Fast, user friendly and I can access data for back up etc.

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