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Ok so I'm plkanning to buy a new PC as you might have already guessed. I was planning on buying from Dell but noticed that there systems come with XP ...
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    Buying a new PC- advice about Dell


    Ok so I'm plkanning to buy a new PC as you might have already guessed. I was planning on buying from Dell but noticed that there systems come with XP already loaded which I can't be bothered with. Can't find an e-mail address for customer support & their phones are always busy so does anyone know if you can get them to leave it OS free?

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    Can't say for sure, but you can probably do that: less than 2 weeks ago, Michael Dell invested $100 million into Red Hat:
    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7787642/
    And it was disscussed a bit in the Coffee Lounge:
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/topic-42782.html
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    If you want desktops without XP, go here:

    http://www1.us.dell.com/content/prod...=04&l=en&s=bsd

    Before you decide on a model, you may want to go to their linux forums here:

    http://forums.us.dell.com/supportfor...rd.id=sw_linux
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    Thanx!

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    Only possible DELL issue that I've experienced involved their default sound card in the Dimension 4600. The Soundblaster Live! PCI 5.1 was not supported by ALSA, so I actually needed to get a new sound card.

    Just something to look out for.

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    I seem to remember from a Gentoo install I did recently that there is actually a separate module from the emu10k1 module that can be used for the OEM Audigy, but I can't remember the name of the module offhand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabhan
    Only possible DELL issue that I've experienced involved their default sound card in the Dimension 4600. The Soundblaster Live! PCI 5.1 was not supported by ALSA, so I actually needed to get a new sound card.

    Just something to look out for.
    I'm running a pci 5.1 on my system. (fedora core 3)
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    Dell's Live 5.1 is different enough at the board level to cause problems with ALSA. You really have to be careful with them, especially at the low end. They absolutely love to cut corners.

    That said, I'm not sure Dell's Live 5.1 problems are their fault, or Creatives. No loss either way, they're both companies I love to hate
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    Apparently, it's called Soundblaster but doesn't actually use a Soundblaster chipset. Some funky thing like that.

    I currently use a Soundblaster Live! PCI 5.1 MP3+ that works happily. So I dun' think it's necessarily either company's concern. Just be careful not to get that card :P.

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