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Re: Two Lenny problems

On Mon, 1 Mar 2010 20:38:41 -0500 (EST), Cecil Knutson wrote:
> Stephen Powell wrote:
>> In that case, are you sure I can't talk you into trying a newer kernel  
>> from backports?
> Sure, you can talk me into it, if you will also talk me through it.  It is  
> another procedure that is completely new to me.

A similar procedure is covered on my web site,
http://www.wowway.com/~zlinuxman/tp600.htm.  On that web page, I talk about
installing the Adobe Flash Player from backports.org.  It's under the
heading "Web Browsing".  Follow the procedure for installing
flashplugin-nonfree, except that the package name will change from
flashplugin-nonfree to the name of the kernel you want to install.  I'm sorry,
but I don't remember if you have a 32-bit machine or a 64-bit machine.
I'm guessing that you have a 32-bit machine and that your kernel version
is 2.6.26-2-686.  (You can verify that by issuing the command
"uname -r".)  If that is the case, the equivalent package name you want from
backports is linux-image-2.6.32-bpo.2-686.  Substitute that name instead
of flashplugin-nonfree in the "aptitude -t lenny-backports install ..." command.
Start the procedure with the second paragraph under "Web Browsing", which 
starts with "The final compromise ...".

> Stephen Powell wrote:
>> Or you can try installing Linux on one of those other machines, with or  
>> without wiping Windows.
> I found out that another machine does have SATA controllers, so it would  
> be the obvious choice for just swapping the HD out of the Dimension 8400.   
> Does that make sense?

Yes, but if you install the hard drive in another machine I would recommend
a re-install from scratch, with a format of the Linux partitions.
Too many things are changing at once.  Also, there is sometimes a "hidden
partition" on the hard drive with machine-specific stuff on it.  You might
check your hardware documentation to see if there is a special procedure
for replacing the hard drive that involves copying a system partition or
something like that.

> Stephen Powell wrote:
>> Or you can break down, crack that wallet open, and buy a sound card, not  
>> knowing if it will work either.  If you buy one, buy an old one that  
>> isn't driven by the driver that doesn't work for your sound card or the  
>> blacklisted one.

> Already found someone who has a bedroom full of salvaged computer parts.   
> My brother will see if he has one or two sound cards.

That's an option too.  So you have a decision to make.

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