[Chugalug] xp replacement

basic2point0 at gmail.com basic2point0 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 18 19:44:41 UTC 2013

My parents have a Kindle Fire, so they’re getting a little more open-minded I guess.

A driver apparently got updated that caused the video card to act buggy, also the USB ports suddenly decided to either stop working or only work if you plug something halfway in. I sent another family member a 2 different Live Linux distros out of curiousity, and the usb ports work properly under Linux.  None of the hardware or software has been changed or upgraded in at least a couple years, outside of Windows updates. 

They don’t live close by, but I’ll be there for the holidays, so I figured I’d plan ahead. 

From: Nick Smith
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎November‎ ‎18‎, ‎2013 ‎12‎:‎03‎ ‎PM
To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group

Are you sure its a driver issue and not flaky hardware? Did a driver get updated recently around the time this started?
Drivers can have issues, but normally not if they have been working fine unless there is an underlying hardware issue.
(with no major software changes (IMHO))

Im not advocating not switching them off windows, but it might be as simple as swapping out a video card or reinstalling a driver (or older/newer version of a driver)

I couldnt imagine trying to get my parents to use linux. That would be more headache than its worth (for me, and them)

On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM, <basic2point0 at gmail.com> wrote:


My parents have a PC that is a few years old. If I remember right, its a Sempron @ around 2.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM. They use for getting online, my mom plays PopCap style games, my dad has some games on Steam - Half-Life 2 era and older. I’ve left it alone with XP because that's what they prefer, but they’ve been having software problems lately, mostly driver issues, and just want to be able to turn it on and use it. 


Anyhow.. Steam is looking pretty good on Linux, especially for the games my dad likes. There’s obviously plenty of games available that my mom would like. I just need to make the transition as easy as possible for them, since they don’t take change very well. I’m thinking Linux Mint with Cinnamon desktop, since its pretty similar to Windows. Any suggestions?

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