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#21 Makaveli

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:01 PM

Hope that's as easy as removing a drive from a desktop...

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:48 PM

it wont be that easy i dont think. usually they have like a small panel that gives access to the HD. if not then it looks like you will have to undo more than a couple of screws.

can i suggest chrome OS if he only wants to do web based stuff. chrome sucks as an OS but sounds perfect for this.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

I would recommend Xubuntu. Its a variation of Ubuntu using lxde. Its simple, lightweighed and designed to run on older/slower hardware. Its not that pretty though but it gets the job done. Minimum requirements state you need at least 256 MB RAM for the normal live CD and install but 512 is recommended.

Another option is Lubuntu. Which has even lower requirements (128 MB RAM) and says it runs on celeron processers.

More info about Lubuntu

EDIT: Reading throught this thread, I would change my recommendation to Lubuntu, chances are it will run the best. Its very simple to learn how to use, (its built from ubuntu) and a much more praticle option for every day use than something like Damn Small Linux, or TinyCore.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:55 PM

View PostChris230291, on 05 February 2012 - 07:48 PM, said:

it wont be that easy i dont think. usually they have like a small panel that gives access to the HD. if not then it looks like you will have to undo more than a couple of screws.

can i suggest chrome OS if he only wants to do web based stuff. chrome sucks as an OS but sounds perfect for this.

Chrome OS can actually run very poorly on non-chrome PC's. Its sort of like trying to run android on an iOS device, it will run but very poorly compared to their native counterpart.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:58 PM

really? when i tried it it was really fast. i think what i downloaded was a modded ISO though, im not sure. i remember there being a couple of different options based on what hardware you have, ie, netbook, desktop ect.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:22 PM

View PostChris230291, on 05 February 2012 - 07:58 PM, said:

really? when i tried it it was really fast. i think what i downloaded was a modded ISO though, im not sure. i remember there being a couple of different options based on what hardware you have, ie, netbook, desktop ect.
The name was Chromium right?
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:35 PM

yes that's the one. it sucks if you want more than just a web browser with web apps though.
the only reason i mentioned it was because he said the notebook was just for web browsing.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:27 AM

When I get to it, I'll check the inner components and see what I can do. But then how does it hook to a PC?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:31 AM

however you want.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:46 AM

Huh?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:51 AM

i was replying to the bit where you said "how does it hook to a PC?"

#32 Makaveli

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:59 AM

Is it like a normal drive?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:01 AM

i dont know. id image its just a regular laptop drive.

#34 Makaveli

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:44 AM

Wait what if it's nandflash?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:39 AM

Make a second partition and use unetbootin?
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:44 PM

Use XP,

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:45 PM

View Post0felex01, on 06 February 2012 - 12:44 PM, said:

Use XP,

You need 1GB idiota.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:39 PM

View PostBloodhound, on 06 February 2012 - 02:44 AM, said:

Wait what if it's nandflash?

you need to find out before anything else.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:54 PM

PXE

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 04:34 AM

View PostTrcx528, on 08 February 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:

PXE

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