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#1 JoshT

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 09:56 PM

I have this Old Compaq Presario 5012us, and its specs are bad, oh so very, very bad.
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  • 40-80GB HDD
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Okay, here's what I thought of doing, I want to take my secondary drive, from the "Tricked-out" computer, that I have, which I have Ubuntu installed on, and move it over to this crappy internet computer, I'm wondering will the the HDD ubuntu has on it, recognize the new Hardware without any problems, or should I make a clean install?

Oh, I'm also wondering is Ubuntu good with Printers, scanners, USB CD-RWs and USB pen drives?

Thanks!

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Edited by JoshT, 06 July 2007 - 09:57 PM.


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#2 groovicus

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 10:14 PM

The first part I can answer. You are going to want a clean install. When you install, the kernel is built to support your hardware (at least it is with Gentoo and slackware). I'm assuming that the kernel is built invisibly in other distros. I can't answer your second question, although it seems like I see a lot of questions about usb troubleshooting.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 11:25 PM

To answer the second part(s):

1) USB Printers- Hit and miss all depends on the brand. Most HP's work well.
2)Scanners- Same as printers
3)USB Drives (all types)- Works well.

If your Printer and scanner are not automatically covered there is http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting which hosts "Foomatic and a bunch of other drivers for printers and scanners.

Edited by BlackSpyder, 06 July 2007 - 11:26 PM.

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#4 JoshT

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 01:23 PM

Okay cool, yes I have an HP printer, and a Canon scanner.

Another question, will Ubuntu run faster than Windows Me?

and, about networking, currently the computer is hooked up to a Linsys WRT54G Wireless Router, via ethernet, and is sharing files with my computer upstairs, will ubuntu be able to share files? (upstairs computer has Win XP)

Thanks again! -JoshT

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 01:25 PM

ubuntu has live cd's so you can try different live cd's (with different kernels) to see which one recognizes your hardware best. You can even do a goodle search for different live cd's to download to recognize hardware. Sometimes its not how big the distro is because I have a small linux distro called puppy (80mb) which recognizes all of my hardware on a toshiba laptop including the wifi card. It is so fast in loading off of the cd and loads completely into memory and allows use of the cd after loading also I use a usb drive to save all my firefox settings to browse the net.

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:37 PM

Another question, will Ubuntu run faster than Windows Me?

and, about networking, currently the computer is hooked up to a Linsys WRT54G Wireless Router, via ethernet, and is sharing files with my computer upstairs, will ubuntu be able to share files? (upstairs computer has Win XP)

Thanks again! -JoshT

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:52 PM

Okay cool, yes I have an HP printer, and a Canon scanner.

Another question, will Ubuntu run faster than Windows Me?

and, about networking, currently the computer is hooked up to a Linsys WRT54G Wireless Router, via ethernet, and is sharing files with my computer upstairs, will ubuntu be able to share files? (upstairs computer has Win XP)

Thanks again! -JoshT



Anything runs faster that windows ME. I believe you must set up samba for local shares.
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Posted 09 July 2007 - 04:12 PM

Your going to want to use the alternate install CD with your current memory (128MB) or I would make the suggestion of using Xubuntu (Xfce instead of Gnome) which will run faster then Gnome will in most cases. The only issue I have is that many apps are for KDE and Gnome and require their library files thus making Xfce a little slower then normal but faster then Gnome or KDE and way faster then M.E.

Wireless is a sticking point with Linux in general. as long as you are connected via an ethernet cable you should have little issue with networking.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:25 AM

Alright, I need some help with Samba, and Connecting Ubuntu to my Windows XP Machine...


Right now, I can ping the Ubuntu box, from my XP Machine, and it works. but I cant do anything else.

Edited by JoshT, 11 July 2007 - 05:56 PM.





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