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    I hate computers >:(

    I have a friend's ageing XP machine on the bench at the moment. It got badly attacked by trojans and the only option was a complete reinstall of windows. She is saving for a new machine, but doesn't quite have the money yet.

    I brought the machine home and kicked off the install only to get most of the way through and find the keyboard and mouse didn't work...USB keyboard and mouse... Bu99er! Abandon install, dig in cupboards, dust off ancient versions with purple and green connectors. Start again.

    Meanwhile on my own PC, my TomTom satnav has decided that it will only connect through one USB port... the middle one at the back, naturally. It took about an hour of fiddling and uninstall/reinstall to figure that one.

    I think I'll just tell everyone to go back to paper. I don't need this

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    Eduhobnobs? EduGin? ???
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    Top tip for home jobs: Install Windows for people who pay. Install Linux for free for friends/family.
    The install will be smoother and you'll not get them back every 6months with virus/trojan problems. If your getting paid it doesn't matter that you spend all night searching for drivers - and your guaranteed of repeat work :-)

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    Thanks witch... I think a real Gin might be in order... it is bearly 7pm after all .


    Meanwhile... back chez gee40... "installing update 456789 of 987654" or something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Top tip for home jobs: Install Windows for people who pay. Install Linux for free for friends/family.
    The install will be smoother and you'll not get them back every 6months with virus/trojan problems. If your getting paid it doesn't matter that you spend all night searching for drivers - and your guaranteed of repeat work :-)
    No problems with friend paying back... I probably owe her loads of favours by now. She may be computer illiterate but she's one of the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    No problems with friend paying back... I probably owe her loads of favours by now. She may be computer illiterate but she's one of the best
    Then you'll be doing her a favour with Mint15

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Then you'll be doing her a favour with Mint15
    seconded

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    I think Mint would be a step too far for her.

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    On the bright side, at least you had a PS/2 keyboard in the cupboard. I had a friend's boyfriend borrow one off me recently in order to enter a single keystroke to get past a BIOS message.

    May tomorrow be a better computing day!

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    Did legacy mode not work? I have never had usb keyboard issues with xp tbh.... hmmm

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    Mint is nice - it's the one Linux install I've done that I've actually wanted to keep - but if someone's expecting a Windows re-install then giving them something unexpected out of the blue won't end well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Did legacy mode not work? I have never had usb keyboard issues with xp tbh.... hmmm
    I never got that far. The mouse disappeared first, but I managed to do the regional settings using the keyboard alone. It then chugged on for a another half hour before popping up a box telling me that Windows would optimise the screen settings for the monitor with a box that said [OK] However, the keyboad wasn't working either by this time, so I couldn't click, hit enter or do anything. In the end I leant on the power button and started again with PS/2 keyboard and mouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    I think Mint would be a step too far for her.
    For you or for her?
    I'd wager that Mint 15 would be fine for a "computer illiterate" who's used to XP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    For you or for her?
    I'd wager that Mint 15 would be fine for a "computer illiterate" who's used to XP.
    I will stick it on an old aptop I have and see what her reaction is, but not this weekend; I have too much to do

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