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Old 09. May 2013, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need Distro for a notebook

I have an HP mini 110-1116NR that has decided the Windows 7 that came on it is not genuine. It tells me it is something in the BIOS, but flashing the BIOS hasn't fixed it so I am hoping a Linux distro might solve my problem. I, so far, haven't found one that will work on it as it seems to be too small or something. Can anyone help me out with this?

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Old 10. May 2013, 05:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,
What are the system specs of that HP Mini? I run Ubuntu 12.04 on an HP mini but without knowing the specs of your machine it's difficult to give specific advice.

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From what I know this is powered by an Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz but with only 1G of RAM, a lightweight Linux will give better performance. I would therefore look outside of DE's such as KDE, MATE and Cinnamon. Mint advises 1G for "comfortable" performance but you will get better from another desktop. Puppy Linux immediately springs to mind but new users can have issues trying to connect with this, depending on their connection type. Some easier ones to manage are Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Descent, Peppermint and Zorin OS (Lite). Without an optical drive you can use UNetbootin to burn downloaded ISO's to a pendrive. You can then try each as a live session to see which you like best before installing.

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/
http://lubuntu.net/
http://www.descentos.org/
http://peppermintos.com/
http://zoringroup.com/blog/2012/03/1...e-is-released/
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Thanks so much to both of you. I wasn't sure what specs were needed. :-) I do also have an external USB CD/DVD drive that I can use. I will check your suggestions out and probably be back.
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Hope you find one you like. Remember that live session use will always be slower than what you will get from a fully installed system. Also, live sessions from DVD will load slower than from a pendrive.
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Old 10. May 2013, 02:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have an HP mini 110-1116NR that has decided the Windows 7 that came on it is not genuine...
While I neither have the HP Mini, nor can I advise on Linux (I haven't delved into it yet), I did get the "not genuine" message once. What solved it for me was running CHKDSK. It found and fixed some bad clusters. Apparently, some system files were stored there. Once Windows marked the bad clusters and repaired the files, the problem disappeared.

I remember reading somewhere in Help & Support, that it is recommended that you run CHKDSK as a regular routine. I can't find the reference now, but I think it was every 3 months. I guess even that recommendation should be qualified by other factors, such as how much work the hard drive does, age of the HD, etc. In spite of the recommendations by M$, I'm not aware that anyone even bothers to run this utility, but I do think it's a good idea to run it every so often, even if the quarterly recommendation isn't followed.

I'd suggest you try run CHKDSK (with the options to automatically fix system errors, and find and recover bad sectors enabled). There's no harm in it, and it may very well prevent future issues, even if you do eventually go with one of the Linux distros.
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It's worth noting that running CHKDSK can in itself cause problems.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/foru...i-try-to-boot/
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...8-ed6df9a5d80c
http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...es-412189.html

OK, so the service itself is not at fault but maybe the reason it decided to run is not valid. I've seen this quite frequently with dual booted Windows/Linux systems, especially when Windows has not shut down properly for some reason, and one of the side effects has been to mess up the files for the resident antivirus which then required re-installing. I would say if the HD checks out OK with a third party diagnostic tool, then disable CHKDSK from running until you see how (in a dual booted machine) both systems perform for a time.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...-98dd374b0e03/
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Thanks for the advice. After downloading and trying Lubuntu, Peppermint and Xubuntu, the only one that found my network was Xubuntu. I now have it installed on my mini and connecting to the Internet with no problems.

Again, Thank you all for the help.

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Great! See my suggestion about Voyager Linux too in the other thread.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...html#post87294
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