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Laptop with no OS installed. What to do?

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Bought a old cheap laptop from work but they removed all the software. Dont have a spare windows copy. Can you still buy old windows cheaply. Will umbuntu/linux work with a dell D600, without too many driver problems? Any help appreciate.
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
ubuntu will probably work, i recently installed it and i only had problems with the graphics card drivers, it wasnt that it wasnt supported just that ATI dont release there code (or something like that) ,

why not give it ago, if it doesn't work you wont have lost anything.
#2
There are plenty of free OS out there, or just have a little search from a copy......
#3
d600 can run XP, so you should be able to get a copy (if ur' a student, they are dead cheap :)
otherwise, as stated above, linux distrubtions have become so easy to use and isntall that its worth checking out, and on a dell D600, it will most likely install all drivers by default (better then windows infact!)
#4
Definately give ubuntu a go - the new version 8.04 will be out in a week or so (you can download the beta already - seems pretty stable to me, its what I'm using)...

Here's the 8.04 beta download page:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/8.04/

If you'd rather not go for the beta download version 7.10 instead.. You should be able to update to 8.04 when its officially released easy enough anyway...
#5
As you are now the owner of the laptop, it prob came with an operating system installed on it. Is there a sticker for say XP? If so there will be a serial number for XP and I suggest you find someone with a similar OS version, install it, apply the serial number and ring Microsoft, to activate. tell them you have bought the machine 2nd hand and the OS was not installed properly.I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't activate.
#6
michaelmakro
As you are now the owner of the laptop, it prob came with an operating system installed on it. Is there a sticker for say XP? If so there will be a serial number for XP and I suggest you find someone with a similar OS version, install it, apply the serial number and ring Microsoft, to activate. tell them you have bought the machine 2nd hand and the OS was not installed properly.I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't activate.


agreed
most dell's will have the XP licence sticker underneath
unless the previous owner destroyed it
#7
michaelmakro
As you are now the owner of the laptop, it prob came with an operating system installed on it. Is there a sticker for say XP? If so there will be a serial number for XP and I suggest you find someone with a similar OS version, install it, apply the serial number and ring Microsoft, to activate. tell them you have bought the machine 2nd hand and the OS was not installed properly.I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't activate.


I can think of several, not least the fact that a work pc would not necessarily have an OS installed as they would have a multiple license for the business and would install there own copy of Windows using this.
The best advice is as above, give Ubuntu a go, if you are looking for a general use pc it is a great option.
#8
Install GOS on it
#9
KDH001
I can think of several, not least the fact that a work pc would not necessarily have an OS installed as they would have a multiple license for the business and would install there own copy of Windows using this.
The best advice is as above, give Ubuntu a go, if you are looking for a general use pc it is a great option.


Yes I know, but a small business may not have multiple licences and may have just bought the laptops complete. It's just a suggestion and as I said, 'It may have an XP sticker on it and if it does, why not reinstall. Otherwise your Ubuntu is a good option.:thumbsup:
#10
If they went through the trouble of erasing the disk - They've probably removed any license key sticker.
#11
W1zz
If they went through the trouble of erasing the disk - They've probably removed any license key sticker.


if it's a business pc, erasing the disc is a quick method of removing confidential data, not so the next guy cant have windows, something we used to do rather than delete individual files
#12
If there is a windows license sticker, go that way.

Otherwise, Ubuntu is excellent, with an excellent online support communitiy if you need a leg up into the world of software freedom!
#13
NO! Install openSUSE 10.3, much better than ubuntu.
#14
rash;1916832
NO! Install openSUSE 10.3, much better than ubuntu.

I guess your a fan of openSUSE rash :-D
#15
kobirulali
I guess your a fan of openSUSE rash :-D


No ubuntu is OK but I don't think it's as good as people make it out to be.

I'm running OpenSuse 10.3 and I have a little applet in the corner which is similar to windows update and tells me when (ANY) program has new updates, I click update and it updates all of them including adding new patches.

Ubuntu is OK, but openSUSE is just so much more professional looking, it looks like its been designed for businessess. It's rock solid.
#16
rash


I'm running OpenSuse 10.3 and I have a little applet in the corner which is similar to windows update and tells me when (ANY) program has new updates, I click update and it updates all of them including adding new patches...


Just like the Update notification icon on the task bar in Ubuntu then? :-)
Ubuntu is good because the hardware support is excellent. Also it is very easy to make everything just work by turning on repositories for MP3 support, divx support, flash e.t.c.

I must admit that I stopped using SUSE at v.9,2, so if the current OpenSUSE implementation can do these things just as well, then take your pick. I'm sure everyone has their own favorite distro, as long as it's linux, is it worth making a fuss about?! :thumbsup:
#17
LOL! As long as its not microsoft its OK.
#18
Installed ubuntu. Had some trouble with the wireless setup, but got it sorted. Its okay, it will do for now.

I do have a XP home edition sticker on the laptop. Where do i get a CD to install that? I really want the XP MCE edition though, will that work with XP home serial number? Just want to connect to my xbox 360.
#19
jah128
Definately give ubuntu a go - the new version 8.04 will be out in a week or so (you can download the beta already - seems pretty stable to me, its what I'm using)...

Here's the 8.04 beta download page:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/8.04/

If you'd rather not go for the beta download version 7.10 instead.. You should be able to update to 8.04 when its officially released easy enough anyway...


Went for 7.10. Any major differences with 8.04. Is it easy to upgrade or would i need to reinstall?
#20
It will show as an update, you will get a little icon pop up in the system tray that tells you theres an update available, just click on the icon and install. The new version is out in 1 or 2 days.

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