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    Hp t5325


    Hi All
    This is my first post
    I know nothing about Linux except how to spell it, however, I realise its a very strong programming language that I would like to get comfortable with
    I was given an HP T5325 thin client and would like to make some use of it and use it like a media centre (Boxee Box) running xbmc.
    I have followed lots of advice on how to do this but its always left a gap which my complete lack of knowledge cannot jump
    Firstly, is it possible to overwrite the existing debian lenny system (discovered from lots of digging) to something resembling Rasp wheezy for Raspberry PI ( Iíve got a pi which I absolutely love
    Secondly, is it something I am going to be able to understand?
    Thirdly, is it worth the time and effort?

    Thanks in anticipation

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobby2193 View Post
    Firstly, is it possible to overwrite the existing debian lenny system (discovered from lots of digging) to something resembling Rasp wheezy for Raspberry PI ( I*ve got a pi which I absolutely love
    Secondly, is it something I am going to be able to understand?
    Thirdly, is it worth the time and effort?
    It's fairly easy to upgrade Lenny to Wheezy, though I personally wouldn't do it in one step. Upgrade to Squeeze first, then on to Wheezy.

    Start by finding your apt sources list under /etc/apt and change "lenny" to "squeeze" throughout. Then run:
    apt-get update
    apt-get dist-upgrade
    (you'll need to be root of course). Once you've got Squeeze working, repeat to get to Wheezy.
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    Hi Hazel
    Thanks for the prompt reply, what have you let yourself in for ?

    I tried what you suggested but although I could find the subfolder there was nothing in it, But,I have amazed myself and managed to get the Hp T5325 thin client unit to prepare a bootable usb drive for me.
    I attach a list of the files I see on the USB stick and notice in the images folder there is a file named ThinPro-T5A32111-2012-12-09.dd.gz, now im guessing that this is the baby that gives me the default screen

    I want to make this a workable Linux ( any flavour) PC ( I realize it is underpowered but is probably no different in spec to the raspberry pi)
    Im guessing if I can add stuff on to this bootable drive I can write the new image to the HP.
    Any thoughts would be really helpfull

    Nobby

    I cant see a way of uploading a text file so its shown below
    Volume in drive J is HPTC Imgr
    Volume Serial Number is 9300-8E4E

    Directory of J:\

    24/02/2011 09:17 AM <DIR> boot
    09/12/2012 08:49 PM <DIR> images
    30/03/2010 07:17 PM 13,623 init.sh
    24/02/2011 09:16 AM <DIR> uboot
    09/12/2012 08:48 PM 216 settings.ini
    09/12/2012 09:07 PM 0 contents.txt
    3 File(s) 13,839 bytes

    Directory of J:\boot

    09/12/2012 08:48 PM <DIR> .
    09/12/2012 08:48 PM <DIR> ..
    26/10/2009 04:46 PM 2,957,033 uInitrd.usb
    02/03/2010 01:37 AM 2,856,403 uInitrd.dove.usb
    08/10/2009 06:05 PM 2,148,560 uImage.usb
    02/03/2010 01:37 AM 3,045,260 uImage.dove.usb
    4 File(s) 11,007,256 bytes

    Directory of J:\images

    09/12/2012 08:48 PM <DIR> .
    09/12/2012 08:48 PM <DIR> ..
    09/12/2012 08:52 PM 292,246,742 ThinPro-T5A32111-2012-12-09.dd.gz
    1 File(s) 292,246,742 bytes

    Directory of J:\uboot

    09/12/2012 08:48 PM <DIR> .
    09/12/2012 08:48 PM <DIR> ..
    15/01/2010 04:29 PM 605,216 u-boot-3.4.19_V16.bin
    1 File(s) 605,216 bytes

    Total Files Listed:
    9 File(s) 303,873,053 bytes
    9 Dir(s) 3,703,222,272 bytes free

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    That looks to me like a completely self-contained system, a sort of toy Linux. I'll make a guess that /boot/uImage is the kernel and that the .dd.gz file is a compressed file system which uncompresses onto your hard drive. But a working Linux needs an installer so that you can add the software you want and also update it. For a Debian-based system, that means apt.

    If you have no trace of apt on your system, I don't know how you could install it; it's a chicken and egg situation. If however you do have apt and just lack a sources list, I attach a specimen that I downloaded from a Debian site. Edit it as necessary and file it as /etc/apt/sources.list.
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