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Old 25. Feb 2011, 07:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I can't access the bios either, I have push F12 for boot Options and it allows me to boot from a external drive, USB, or CD I want to make a clone of it so if needed i can re-use it
Accessing the bios maybe the key. Have you tried going online to see if you can find out how to access the bios for her particular make and model of computer?

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Because her computer came without a installation CD i went to make one of my own in a virtualbox for her, I disconnected it from the internet and used her activation key to make a activated copy but it said Product key is invalid.
I tried to install XP in Virtual box with a recovery/installation CD on my linux platform with similar results.

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Is it possible to just run mini Xp off a disc, and open the contents of the internal HD select all and copy to the external HD and have a proper clone of the activated copy? I havn't tried it that way before
Making a copy of a system is not the same as making a ISO image. I suppose if you just want to have copies of personal files it would be ok. If thats the case just copy the folders she needs to save. But making a copy to later install her OS wont work.

What you want to do is make a drive image. Gizmo's has a review of best free drive imaging program
You will need her computer to recognize the external HD drive to make this work.

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Old 25. Feb 2011, 07:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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systemcrash mentioned in his second post that the laptop has 10 GB hard disk, and 250 RAM.
I could swear that wasn't there before
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Old 08. Mar 2011, 11:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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We are talking about someone who has never used linux before right? Puppy is not a good idea at all.
While the default UI of Puppy is, well, perhaps "different" isn't a bad word, Puppy was my first proper experiment with Linux and I didn't have too much of a problem with it. In particular, it drove an ancient Tosh laptop with 256Mb RAM and a 10Gb HD, while my experiments with other distros on that machine (including Ubuntu) rendered it so sluggish as to be unusable.

The current version of Puppy, from a new install, is better still. Its package distribution system is much improved on older versions and, on older kit, I honestly don't think there's much to touch it. Yes, there's a bit of a learning curve but Wine works okay and I'm not sure that Gnome or KDE is exactly "hit-the-ground-running" stuff for new users either.

YMMV, of course.
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Thanks for all the input i installed Puppy and it brought new life to the laptop it it now very fast.

the reason i chose Puppy was because it is good for old systems, I know its probably not the best for new users to linux but all my sister does on her laptop is click Browser and go onto facebook which you can do on any OS. she doesnt save things to files or go into any file for that matter? I think i saw her once go into open office but the only thing she really uses it for is facebook.
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everytime i start a thread with something that relates to linux someone always mentions Mint, but i never give it a go. So i think i will. and i'll have a mess around in a virtual machine to just in case she runs into any problems.
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I already have Mint burned on a dvd. I'm finding it hard to install because Ubuntu is working so well for me at the moment.
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is Kill Disc still available?
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is Kill Disc still available?
Yes.
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
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