How To Make Your Old PC Into a Linux Box

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Rnobarr

Just wondering when the next article will be coming out.

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lelebuonerba

I'm searching Google for a good guide to set up the iTunes server, but the only website that can put light on this mystery is Mac Life. Have you been more lucky than me?

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dyennam

I want to do this to my old laptop so do i use the desktop version, or the netbook version.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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lelebuonerba

I there is a netbook-optimized version of Ubuntu OS, why use the desktop on a laptop? If your laptop is so great it's like a desktop, maybe you should consider installing linux on an older pc.

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lelebuonerba

I really would love to install linux on my old windows desktop, but I can't find the advanced BIOS features! I had to restart it like a dozen times just to find out which was the setup key (f10) and once pressed in time, i would see a blue BIOS interface, similar to mac os, with a bar on top with file, options et cetera. I went trough all the options but I couldn't find anything related to booting from a cd

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Fion

Sometimes there's a key that lets you set up just the boot order. Press that and see if it works.

What kind of motherboard is in your desktop? Give me some info and maybe I can help you out. You can email me if you want: florence@maclife.com.

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lelebuonerba

later that day i found out the boot order command, I set up cd as first and installed Ubuntu on mt old pc. When i restarted it I found out there was a pretty long list of things to update so I gave it the time to download and install these. When Ubuntu asked me to restart, I lazily clicked on restart without realizing boot order was still cd first, so Ubuntu didn't boot and the pc got stuck on the bios 'home page' with compaq written on. After waiting a while, I opened up setup but it wouldn't load and if I pressed any button the pc would beep. 20 minutes later i found out the blue setup screen was on my monitor so i could change the boot order back to original. Saved the changes, the pc asked me if I wanted to boot Ubuntu in normal or recovery mode. I selected normal and right now I'm writing from that very computer. Thank you so much for the advice, even dough in the end i figured it out on my own. Can't wait to set up my linux as a server!

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jruschme

A couple of thoughts...

I'm not sure I'd consider an i5 an "old" PC. Try installing the latest Ubuntu on something like a Dell Dimension 2400 (mid-range P4, circa 2005) and let's see how it goes.

OTOH, it blows me away that Award still offers support for the LS-120 in its i5 BIOS.

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Fion

I built this PC for fun from some spare parts in the lab and decided to use it for stories like this. :) Certainly, you wouldn't use a Core i5 machine to do this kind of thing--I would think you'd be using it as your actual machine.

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Engelsstaub

Ubuntu's shaping up to be a pretty decent OS. There's plenty of uses for it...even for dyed-in-the-wool Mac users (No sense in limiting ourselves or being closed-minded.) There's even a distro that gives it a OS X-like GUI.

This is a great idea for old PCs. Linux can run on most anything fairly well. A lot of novice users are intimidated by the word "Linux," but Ubuntu is very user-friendly. It's a close-second (IMO) to OS X in accessibility to the novice. I always recommend (and sometimes install) it for friends who get a lot of Windows viruses and don't want a Mac.

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nameless individual

Why would I want to do this versus storing the data on my hard drive if I have space? I'm not a techie so I'm not sure what is gained by trying to stream data from a five year old computer with 802.11b?

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Goldie07

If you need to instruct people on how to go into the bios to change the boot sequence then these people should not be trying to instal a new OS by themselves.

And BTW, that PC can easily be configured to work as a server for your Mac without the necessity of installing Linux.

And if you do instal Ubuntu it doesn't take an hour, even on an old Dell.

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