OT buggered up the laptop, Poy/SteamAncre?help? ;)

Joined: August 15th, 2007, 11:07 am

November 12th, 2010, 11:16 pm #11

Ok guys, I buggered it up. ... LOL.
I decided to load up with peppermint OS, loaded all good. (took a long time to install)
But its totally unstable. Super slow, locks up, need to hard reboot, still missing the bottom taskbar, so trying to click the peppermint logo on bottom left for menu's is a not go.

Had high hope for this one. But my crappy little system not liking it. So now I'd like to revert, but thinks it's now beyond that. Its all partitiioned, I have not found any solutions to remove or uninstall this peppermint. I searched net, forums, nothing on how to uninstall.

You just can't , or I haven't found it yet. I guess a reformat and a reinstall of XP is in order then? I can't use peppermint at all. All kinds of weird stuff happens on screen with graphics, and just locks up.

I noticed,it looks like a Dell, but realize its not. Generic laptop. I don't have the original disks/drivers, so this will be a challenge to get all sorted. I feel like chucking this to the bin, but have made it a challenge to get it going again. (I somehow like to torture myself, lol)

I have it loaded up along with XP pro/sp3, generic laptop, AMD sempron 2600,1.6ghz, 240mb RAM.

I couldn't load by USB key, and my cd rom wouldn't work with CD's, but got it to install by DVD iso. Partitioned and fully installed with peppermint OS.

But, now I just want to remove/uninstall peppermint but have not found any solutions anywhere on the net.
This seems to be a permanent install, leaving me to think a reformat is the only solutions here.

I did try puppy first but it had problems too, so thought I'd try Peppermint. Its actually worse. I seem to have gotten into a pickle here. lol.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Dave.
You need to open the back of the laptop and get at least a Gig in there,2 x matched 512mb should do the trick,Sempron processor speed is ok at 2600mhz but the ram lets it down.Its too low for the processor to do what you want.
I would format the drive,reinstall XP sp3 do all the updates for Windows and microsoft there should be around 80 of them.Backup to disc what you need before hand and reinstall from scratch.Bummer i know but your starting on a level playing field then.
You must make sure the RAM is the correct speed to go with the processor and its usually written on the RAM you take out.Get a matched pair of 512mb from kingston or Crucial memeory and you will be flying.

Theneilo uk

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Joined: January 19th, 2010, 10:45 pm

November 13th, 2010, 12:15 am #12

thats what I figured, system is not enough. well, ram is always ultra important.
Thanks Neilo.
Have a good one.
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Joined: September 14th, 2008, 2:21 am

November 13th, 2010, 12:18 am #13

Acronis, and Ghost, had that corruption thing.
Its a PITA. Backup, backup, backup. Thats all we can do.
But my Mac is going good.
Its always MS problems. I'm down for the new Linux world, just I have a clue to what I'm doing. haha. But yet I try. lol.
Good luck this weekend.
Windows memory diagnostic 6/6 A OK.
Now the format will go again.
I suspect Kaspersky doing monkey business. I will install without and protect with something else. too bad, I've been a customer of them for years...

*Never a waste of time to look at a watch*
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Joined: June 19th, 2009, 6:51 pm

November 13th, 2010, 12:32 am #14

that all makes sense.
I'll have to do as you suggested. Gotta squeeze some lemonade out of this lemon. haha.
I agree, system too small and weak. I'll try a full linux in this and see if it'll improve and make it useful once again.
If I do that, a full linux only package, should I use Ubuntu or others? Can Puppy be made full only OS?
Also if I do go this route, I guess I'll have to find all the drivers necessary for my pc during the new install, or how would I go about that?
Thanks again, sorry for buggin ya.
my roids are

With the resources on your brother's computer, I would opt for Puppy or, at the most, Mint.
Both of these will load only the smallest foot print on the computer and not overpower it's limited resources.

Most of the current Linux distributions will automatically find and install the appropriate drivers for your machine, so it's not like the 'old days' where you had to find and install all your drivers.

You can add as many features to your installed version of Linux as you like but the more you add the greater the resource usage.
I would build a computer like your brothers with the intent of it being nothing more than an Internet surfer; ie no gaming or heavy graphics apps.

If you really like Ubuntu then there is a version called Xubuntu that is designed for older computers like yours

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Joined: January 19th, 2010, 10:45 pm

November 13th, 2010, 3:15 am #15

I worried about the whole driver issues like the old days of painful reinstalling each driver.
Good to know we've advanced. haha.
Thanks again.
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Joined: January 19th, 2010, 10:45 pm

November 13th, 2010, 7:33 pm #16

Ok guys, I buggered it up. ... LOL.
I decided to load up with peppermint OS, loaded all good. (took a long time to install)
But its totally unstable. Super slow, locks up, need to hard reboot, still missing the bottom taskbar, so trying to click the peppermint logo on bottom left for menu's is a not go.

Had high hope for this one. But my crappy little system not liking it. So now I'd like to revert, but thinks it's now beyond that. Its all partitiioned, I have not found any solutions to remove or uninstall this peppermint. I searched net, forums, nothing on how to uninstall.

You just can't , or I haven't found it yet. I guess a reformat and a reinstall of XP is in order then? I can't use peppermint at all. All kinds of weird stuff happens on screen with graphics, and just locks up.

I noticed,it looks like a Dell, but realize its not. Generic laptop. I don't have the original disks/drivers, so this will be a challenge to get all sorted. I feel like chucking this to the bin, but have made it a challenge to get it going again. (I somehow like to torture myself, lol)

I have it loaded up along with XP pro/sp3, generic laptop, AMD sempron 2600,1.6ghz, 240mb RAM.

I couldn't load by USB key, and my cd rom wouldn't work with CD's, but got it to install by DVD iso. Partitioned and fully installed with peppermint OS.

But, now I just want to remove/uninstall peppermint but have not found any solutions anywhere on the net.
This seems to be a permanent install, leaving me to think a reformat is the only solutions here.

I did try puppy first but it had problems too, so thought I'd try Peppermint. Its actually worse. I seem to have gotten into a pickle here. lol.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Dave.
Ok another update after playing around all night, lol.

So I figured out how to size the oversized virtual desktop issue.
I played around with pre-sizes/resolution by "ctrl+alt+[- +]". This let me scroll off the screen into the other quadrants of multi grid desktop set up that was defaulted.
I am now able to get my taskbar, better yet the peppermint logo and menus. Yay! From the menu, I changed my monitor settings to normal, and all fits on the screen as it should. Happy about this.
Well, peppermint does look/feel good, but my system clearly can't handle it. So i'll try source more memory to see if that helps, and then I'll remove it and de-partition drive if possible.
Puppy ran a little better IMO, but still has the lag/lock ups too, just not as bad as what peppermint is causing.
So, another question, would I really benefit a huge difference with 512mb RAM or 1gb RAM? I'm not even sure if I could max out my one slot of memory with 1gb.
I don't know what motherboard is to research capacity loads.

Thanks for all your help.
Dave.
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