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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2009, 08:23:27 AM »

It is a microsoft problem.

Since the chip is backwards compatible with the 32 bit architecture, microsoft could have designed the 64 bit architecture to run all the 32 bit stuff.

They chose not to.
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2009, 05:14:00 PM »

I have actually managed to get it to run....but after installing XP, I found I needed to reinstall as XP messes something up.

Sympathies regarding your other problems but this one should really not be regarded as the fault of Ubuntu - it's Microsoft which won't coexist so that's the one which you should give up on if all other things were equal.  I have - my laptop which I use for almost everything is Ubuntu only, my desktop is still dual boot (XP/Ubuntu) but I only use it once a week or so in either system: XP when I want to test with Internet Explorer or something, Ubuntu for the real serial ports (GPS uploads doesn't work over a USB to serial adaptor, for some reason) and for the floppy drives mostly.
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« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2009, 05:19:26 PM »

That reminds me, a friend showed me IEs4Linux which is a dead simple way to getting a real version of Internet Explorer working under linux http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Installation


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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2009, 05:37:38 PM »

I tried Ubuntu on 3 different laptops in our house a while ago. Two older machines were fine as long as web browsing was all you wanted otherwise the driver hunting becomes a nightmare. And then a lot of them still wont work. Had no probs with wireless though worked from the off.

But my newest laptop Ubuntu was a disaster, totally. Boot up was slow, like at least 4 times slower than windows and getting it to do anything was very tedious. It was far too slow processioning anything to be of any use. So I wiped it and installed Vista.

Now I know Vists gets a lot of flac, but for me on this machine it's by far the best operating system I've yet to use, no crashes, no bugs, no viruses it just works, and pretty fast too.


I'll get me coat..... linux

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« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2009, 05:48:22 PM »

Yo Gixer have an applaude for being so brave.

Having said that, I had awful probs with viper until I got rid of some auto help sort out from Acer.  It didn't like all those extra keys for some reason.  Ran Ubuntu dual boot but as Vista works fine now and Ubuntu was no quicker or easier I dumped it and freed up some hard drive.   surrender
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« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2009, 06:34:07 PM »

It's what's laughingly called a free country!
I really think you've both struck really unlucky with your trials of Ubuntu - it is very different, and a bit of a shock to the system for someone who's only ever used mainstream Windoze programmes, but it's generally accepted that it should boot up and run considerably faster than Windoze (it's far better written code, and intrinsically "faster"). It would appear that they've still got a way to go in making it even more user friendly - what a shame!  linux
ps, I'm no hardcore Linux freak, just a point-and-clicker like most people, found Ubuntu an utter revelation and so nice not giving my money to the odious Mr Gates....... Wink
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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2009, 07:14:42 PM »

I learnt computing on DOS when you had to type commands in.

I've also tried Linux based OS's several times over the last few years, never got any of them to do what I wanted.

Windows just gets on with it, lets be honest, if there was an alternative our friend Billy would no longer have a grip on the empire. There are plenty who would whip it away from him.

That's why he won't release the codes, can't say I blame him really....would you in his shoes....
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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2009, 07:42:43 PM »

I remember that - I've still got "dos for dummies" somewhere - made the impenetrable even less understandable! Grin
It may be something to do with being left-handed, but like many things, I "started backwards" with open-source software - having reeled from the shock of the price of Publisher '97, and the realisation that I used it a dozen times, I gave up buying software (apart from the o/s), and tried everything that was free.... Which meant that eventually by a couple of years ago I was running XP with Open Office, Firefox and Thunderbird, used "The Gimp" for fancy imaging work, so I'd already "made the transition" to the main programmes, so when I went over to Ubuntu, much of it was familiar territory...... Grin
I've now been "Linux only" for nearly 18 months - I honestly don't miss any good things about Windoze (you mean there are GOOD things?) - I miss the interminable boot up time with Windoze, the flurry of the petulant "you update this programme or I'll throw a hissy fit" windoze that flew up every time I booted up, the perpetual worry about Antivirus and firewalls being updated (which still wasn't enough - then there were all the small specialist scanners), and that perpetual feeling that it wasn't actually my computer - that I'd only got it by kind permission of those nice censorious people in Richmond VA, who would very kindly run my "docs", images and emails through "Echelon" (the US Homeland Security people) just to check I hadn't turned overnight into Osama bin Laden.....(how comforting!) whistlie
I think it's probably akin to emigrating - bit of a shock to the system, but great once you're settled in.......
Will I ever have another computer running Windoze?......... not on your nelly! Grin
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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2009, 06:52:27 AM »

On a thrifty note, the fact that Linux does not require the HD to be thrashed daily on a virus check must lead to lower power consumption and much longer HD life.  I have noticed how a HD will last only a couple of years max now with Windows and it has to be the virus checking contribution.  I will get validation in a couple of years time on this Dell as the HD is hardly used...
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« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2009, 12:01:51 AM »

...and that perpetual feeling that it wasn't actually my computer...

Yes.  That's the fundamental problem.
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« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2009, 09:14:17 PM »

Hi there,

Well I guess I have to add my little pinch of salt! I have been using Linux on all my PCs since about 6 years now and I am very please with it. The  main thing for me is "control". I understand much more about the software side of the PCs now and can sort out most problems.

I have saved a lot of my friends/colleagues data and computers using live versions (often DSL or Puppy Linux).

My solar powered laptop is triple boot (Mandriva 2009.1, Puppy Linux on the SD card and XP on a small partition as it came with the PC). It is hardly ever booted on windows and solar powered 90% of the time,


Good luck!

Stef
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