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February 27, 2008


December 8, 2007: Ubuntu 7.10 at startup

This is my computer on Ubuntu 7.10.

It worked fine for about 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, it would only display in 800 x 600. Then after another week, for some unknown reason, it displayed this on startup -- which rendered it unusable.

Video card is an Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT.

Back in November 2007, my Windows XP desktop computer at home finally died, due to a hard drive failure.

Having switched to Mac OS X 3 years earlier, I wasn't too upset about the loss. The PC had been relegated to a few secondary tasks anyway; and I rarely used my home office anymore, since the acquisition of a laptop in September has allowed to me work from any room in the house.

Instead, I considered this an opportunity to finally banish Microsoft from my home, and convert my desktop PC to Linux. After installing Ubuntu 7.10, everything worked fine for about two weeks; except for trying to get some QuickTime videos from the Apple Trailers site to play properly. But I figured it was nothing I couldn't fix.

Then I had the problem where it would only display 800 x 600, and then finally the scrambled screen shown above.

At that point, I re-installed Windows XP. Which is too bad, because I really wanted to like Linux.

December 9, 2007: Installing Windows XP from the CD-ROM

But at least my MacBook hasn't disappointed me.

UPDATE (March 20, 2008): Click here to read about what eventually happened to the Windows XP install.

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Posted by Robert Racansky on February 27, 2008 at 01:47 PM

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