My second-hand Gateway (from year 2000) was utterly wiped out last week (probably cracker, despite firewall). I wanted to buy a replacement: a small, slow Web machine, just to use online (with the cable modem). Unfortunately I made the mistake of going to CompUSA during a sale, instead of to the local Goodwill computer outlet. Now I have an extremely fast, very new PC with all sorts of fancy hardware I'll probably never use. Plus a 160 Gig hd, of which I'll almost certainly never use more than a few gig.
I'm very unhappy about this. Aside from everything else, I know this will make it much harder to get Linux up to replace the XP (home) it came with. I can't take the PC back because it didn't come with an actual set of XP CDs, just a utility to create them -- and I created them before it told me that was a one-time utility!.:mad:
Some time ago I bought a MEPIS CD ("boot from CD") on Ebay, and just found it. Yesterday I tried booting from it, but after it seemed to be waiting for me to log in, I couldn't make it accept a username or password.
Anyway, should I buy yet another older box at the Goodwill (and try to sell the PC on Ebay)? Or does anyone think I'll be able to get this "CisNET" PC up on some Linux distro? It has (among other things) an '8-way card reader' and CD/DVD both R/W. Also that ginormous hard drive is ATA, not IDE. I haven't even been able to get it (under XP) to recognize the old floppy I transferred into the open floppy bay. :confused: