is what this old Toshiba Satellite Pro M10 seemed to scream at me, after its original hard disk quit yesterday afternoon. No thanks to the nut on the keyboard who ran Acronis on it about 5 or 6 times just to get the partitioning right for several Linux-based operating systems to work. Started with DSL or Damn Small Linux desktop just to make sure the machine still works and managed to get a working system after a frugal install (many thanks to ArsGeek), but nooo the nut had to download the latest Ubuntu v 7. 04 Feisty Fawn and install that.

In fairness, the Pakluy (eldest son of nut) had already complained about the slowness of the machine two weeks ago, while it was still on pirata WinXP — well technically it wasn’t illegal, as this machine does have a WinXP license sticker smack on its bottom — but the original owner (not the nut) had lost the restore CD and with it all the attendant drivers.

Enter into the picture the portable mini-HD pasalubong by Kumpare Paran, Diony to all his Friendsters, which when un-cased turned out to be a Toshiba laptop HD! Thus the cogs started to turn in the nut’s noggin — would this be a suitable replacement HD? Only one way to find out.

And found out the nut did, via this really truly useful site called Irisvista.com, which features clear photos of what you should be doing looks like, each and every step of the way.

So the nut managed to swap working HD with fried HD. And successfully install Ubuntu on this very laptop that the nut is writing this post with.

The geek details so far:

Machine: Toshiba Satellite Pro M10
RAM: 256mb
HD: 40gb
Built-in WiFi, SD Card Reader, 2 USB Ports, CD-RW/DVD Drive

OS: Ubuntu v 7. 04 Feisty Fawn

What works so far:
DVDs play with Kaffeine (although it won’t play VCDs)
USB Flashdrive auto mounts
WiFi and wired connections
Local Networking / File Sharing
Skype (need to add the debian skype repository in synaptic manager)
Kodak EasyShare CX7330 – plug & play (added May 1)
VPN Connection to Office Network (added May 9)

What I haven’t yet found out if they work:
SD Card reader
Infrared
Bluetooth – just realized machine is “upgradeable” NOT “enabled” so i’m forgetting about this one

My Ubuntu Desktop

Very very useful links:

http://www.ubuntu.com/
http://www.ubuntu.com/support
http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php
http://wiki.ubuntu.com
https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+addticket
http://www.arsgeek.com/
http://www.fsf.org/
http://www.debian.org/

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  1. Congrats on resurrecting your laptop with a 2nd hard drive.

    HDD Failures are the pits.

    Also, enjoy Feisty and let us all know how it goes getting your peripherals up and running!

    AG

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