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PC Help! [Jun. 18th, 2007|12:17 pm]

I'm aiming for coherent...

OK. Last night, I upgraded some programs (Firefox, OpenOffice), closed all my other open programs, then rebooted. (I only reboot if I have to.)

Windows comes back up, and I go back to doing what I was before. Then out of nowhere, it shuts down. I'm not talking going on "stand-by", *shut down*. I've had this laptop since December, and only once has anything like this happened before, and not like this time. Last time, it shut down, and gave me a little crap a couple times trying to bring Windows back, and things were then fine. This time, it shut down, and when I'd try to bring it back up, all I'd get is the initial DOS Gateway screen, then it would go blank and shut off again. It's supposed to go DOS Gateway screen, then a more "graphical" Windows XP screen, then the user login screen for Windows.

Once I got a screen saying "Blahblahblah, Windows failed to load, here are your options, blahblah", but I chose "Start Windows normally". Dumb idea, didn't see that screen again till this morning, when I went back to "fixing" my laptop. At one point I was trying to look into the system settings in DOS (when I could), but it didn't appear there was anything I could do in there. As I said, I got the "Windows failed to load" + options screen once more this morning, and I chose instead "Last known good configuration", and it actually worked and got me back to a working OS. I'm on my laptop now, but I don't know if choosing that option has affected any files, either downloaded recently or overall. It looks OK, but I don't know for sure yet.

[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2007-06-20 11:24 am (UTC)
I do have to apologize for snapping in the beginning of my comment... it was totally uncalled for.

:o What Linux installation do you recommend for a beginner? The only reason I suppose I never kept at Linux, is because I couldn't figure out how to get it to connect to the internet.
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[User Picture]From: nebulosity
2007-06-20 03:09 pm (UTC)
I do have to apologize for snapping in the beginning of my comment...

You don't have to apologize. I understand now that I need to remember to keep my comments helpful rather than unhelpful, but I was just surprised because you and I have been friends for so long that I was sure you would know I wouldn't EVER say anything to hurt your feelings. *hugs*

If you don't want to have to fiddle with getting internet (or anything else for that matter to work, I would recommend Ubuntu (pronounced: oo-boon-too). I've installed it myself and it seems it's the only linux that really tries to do all the work for you. Even their motto is "It just WORKS," and it's true as far as I've used it. Ubuntu has TONS of updates all the time, which means that people are working hard to get out the bugs. Not only do the provide updates to fix problems, they provide COMPLETE documentation, and even a forum that you can join where people are always talking. You can ask a question and you pretty much always get help. I've used the forums myself. The installation is a peice of cake. I even found you a walk-through that was written for the current version (7.04 "Feisty Fawn") for someone who is naturally a Windows user.

And remember, I'm a linux "computer technician" at work. There is a very good chance that I can answer a lot of your questions.

If you decide that you don't like Ubuntu for some reason, there are SO MANY other kinds of linux out there. Take this quiz; it'll tell you what linux is best for you.

I personally don't prefer Ubuntu, because I like more of a challenge. I like figuring out how to configure the display, I like hand-installing drivers and compiling my own programs. I like Fedora Core, CentOS, Scientific Linux, and Slackware.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2007-06-21 12:24 am (UTC)
I have to apologize though, because you're right about what you said in another comment. I took some frustrations I had indirectly on you. :( *hug hug*

I'll look into Ubuntu, thanks! :D
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