trubleshooting a laptop

Ernest Doub hideserted at
Wed Apr 3 23:43:19 UTC 2013


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On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM, Douglas Pollard <dougpol1 at>wrote:

> On 03/27/2013 07:12 PM, Paul Smith wrote:
> > I wrote:
> >> make sure she brings her Office installation CD or DVD with her as
> >> you'll need it to reinstall.
> > On Wed, 2013-03-27 at 16:28 -0400, Douglas Pollard wrote:
> >> I think she told me the shop who worked on her computer did not give
> >> her a Windows CD.
> > As per my previous email, she won't need a _Windows_ CD.  Wine does not
> > use any Windows system software.
> >
> > She will need a _Microsoft Office_ CD or DVD if she wants to run Office
> > on Linux.
> > Cheers!
> >
> >
>         WEll guys this didn't turn out anything like i expected. She
> Brought me the laptop. She had bought a new one.  She said she3 was sick
> of the thing giving her problems and it is old.  She also bought a
> $99.00  service from Best Buy Geek Squad to diagnose and clean up the
> machine from cookies, virouses and etc.  I really think she was afraid
> to let the old man mess with her laptop.  I installed Ubuntu and it says
> the hard drive is failing. I took it to the Geek Squad to run some
> diagnostics on it.  The guy said if Linux says the hard drive is failing
> it likely is.  I have to buy a hard drive  and it is an  IDE drive so
> they seem to be more expensive now.  I will likely find one used or
> rebuilt.  I will also have to put in a new battery.  The machine has
> Windows 7 in it and I will want it to be a dual boot machine with Ubuntu
> on it. It has a 80 gig drive and I would like to put something bigger in
> it.  Maybe a 150 gig drive The machine is a Dell Inspiron  6000. Does
> anyone have any idea if it can use a drive that big.  I want to use it
> on my sailboat and I don't really want to spend a lot of money on a new
> one to be eaten up by moisture.  Any advice anyone can give will be
> appreciated.              Thanks  Doug
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I f you will be using it in a high moisture/corrosion environment might I
suggest a storage container such as a Tupperware type box that will seal
tightly and keep moisture out?
Keep a desiccant product in the box and this will extend the useful life
A cloth bag with rice will work for starters or you can buy dedicated
moisture removing products on the web.
On the Mojave
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