Raising the flag for Linux Ubuntu.


  


 You know it makes sense.

The OpenSource software option.

 

WHY LINUX?

click me  and find out.


  Linux and Open Source links:

   distrowatch   Where to get your Linux C.D'S.

   slashdot        News for nerds, stuff that matters. 

   thinkgeek    Clothe yourself in Slashdot.

 

 

   Lexmark printer on debian sarge 

  How to get that Lexmark Z600 series working on Debian Sarge:

  It's only a crummy cheap unsupported printer (I use one) but, you can get it to work   with linux.  

Thanks dgtlmoon. Your wonderful.

  

 

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The horror, the horror.

Shoving a computer in a box.

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The finished article.


 

 Here is Daisy's new computer.  The original was a little bit

 on the large side so I decided to reduce its size a bit. An old Gigabyte motherboard

 fitted just nicely into the bottom of an old pink

 storage box that she had lying around and I chucked in a power supply,

 a hard disk, a cdrom and an old graphics card.

 I installed XP (spit disgustedly) onto the whole 

 shebang and she was good to go.

 


If it ain't broken don't let me near it.
 

 

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 Debian. What is this Apt-get thing ??   If I had only one choice of Linux, this would be it,


  

 

Suse. The chameleon may have changed itself into Novell but it still remains good and solid, why? Ihave even come back to it after years of using UBUNTU and it still out performs in reliability. 

 

Knoppix. The Debian based Linux Swiss Army Knife. It runs from your CDROM but can also  be installed onto your hard drive. 

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The story of the motherboard that miss-behaved itself.

 

I had been having problems with my computor,it kept freezing and crashing, causing me to become more and more frustrated and I wasn't really in the position to buy a new one. So then I came across a site called Badcaps which seemed to describe the solution for the problems that I was having and pointed to the condition of the capacitors as a common failing in many of the older motherboards. Follow the link and read for yourself. Well my motherboard was an old Soltek SL-75DRV-C As you can see, if you look closely, it was the capacitors that were leaking and swollen that seemed to be was causing the problem.

 

 


 Removing the swollen capacitors

 Easy-Peasy, I thought. Not so. Getting the caps out was easy enough, just   heat the solder holding them in, and rock back and forth until they are slowly  released, remember which caps go where, I drew a colour coded map.

Putting in the new caps, I used Rubicon caps which are a more robust long-life, best quality, recommended manufacture.

The solder left in the drill-holes of the motherboard will have , over time, become hard and unresponsive to the heat of your solder iron, so use a blob of new solder and let it flow into the hole as you insert the longer leg of the new capacitor, being very careful not to push too hard and thereby bend the legs of the caps. The Process of adding new solder to flow into the old solder filled is the secret to success.

So was the exercise successful?  

Boy, it was a relief when it booted up and went through the post process. And now the computor runs very smoothly. Thanks to Badcaps