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  1. Thought I'd reply with some followup. I bought a new 80gb HD (WD Raptor from newegg) for about $75 which includes s/h. This is just a fun computer so I didn't really lose any data and I dont need a lot of space so all is well. Just put in the HD this weekend and it seems to be running fine (once I get wireless working correctly.. ugh)
  2. Interesting little tool... It says this: SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: FAILED! Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA. So I guess my drive is just dying on me ... well at least it got a solid 800 hours in... Anyone know how much a laptop ATA disk drive costs? Preferably at least 60gb
  3. Thanks for the suggestion. I've never heard of SMART so I'll be sure to try it out this weekend. As for memtest, I highly doubt that is the cause because the distro runs fine... it just can't write to the disk Thanks again. I'll reply back with my results.
  4. Dell Inspiron 8600 (laptop) Not exactly new but not real old. Maybe 4 years max. I had debian installed for a long time and it was running ok. Eventually it started being a hoe so I installed archlinux and it was ok for a while. Then I started having problems when I tried installing stuff using pacman. I think this is when the drive became non-writable or something. So I installed gentoo for fun. Well, after installation I booted up and it worked fine for a couple reboots. Then it made me do a fsck or whatever its called. Found problems that it couldnt fix I guess. So I reinstalled and all went well until the same thing happened. So I installed kubuntu thinking that gentoo was screwing up my file system. Kubuntu installed fine but after a few reboots the drive is not writable anymore. Same problems as with the other one. I dont hear any bad noises or anything. I havent gotten any hardware errors, just system errors saying the drive is not writable. How do I know if I need a new HD?
  5. Thanks for the replies. That pretty much clears up my understanding of what to use coffee cups it is
  6. I'm curious as to what everyone likes for a printing system. I dont know much/anything about it though. I know that cups is the old timer for linux but I was thinking that there were other options. I'd like to know what other options there are, their pros and cons..etc.. Thanks d03boy
  7. d03boy

    Using Screen

    Very nice job... I used this to run Folding@Home without getting disconnected all the time through the ssh.
  8. To answer my own question, I realized there was an "apt-setup" program. This helps to run it =P Normally it would be ran during the install, but my internet wasnt working until after I installed the broadcom drivers so I couldnt set apt-get up until now.
  9. Well, I'm a noob. I went to apt-get.com and added some source lists to my source.list file. How many is normal to have? I had about 20, but after receiving some errors from apt-get update I removed the ones causing problems. So I have about 15 now. I am wondering if anyone has any good tips for making a source list file.
  10. startx has always worked until now. I do not remember changing anything recently that would have caused this, but I get a "Fatal server error: no screens found" problem. I've got no clue what to do... I'm a noob as you can see Let me know what information would aid you guys in helping me thanks, joe
  11. ComputerA and ComputerB A has windowsxp. B will soon have mandrake (currently has slack) I dont have floppy drives, or cd's at the moment I have all 3 mandrake cd's in iso format on computer A I want to install drake on computer B using a net install I need to know: How to make my usb key bootable How to put net.img (or whatever I need) onto the USB key After booting from it, any info would be helpful
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