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Background: My parents are considering getting a Mac. This means passing on their old 1.4 GHz/1 GB  desktop from ABS, so I can use it as a server. Nice. Anyways, the good news is that after brushing the dust off of it (after not having used it for a year), I managed to get everything working, including sound and wireless networking. Even on the Mandriva Linux partition I put on it a while ago. Thank God for NDISWrapper.

The bad news is that now, it won’t boot.

I booted into Mandriva first, got everything set up, and rebooted into Windows XP. It stalled at the boot screen. I went back into Mandriva and it also stalled. Hmm. Weird. Normally, I’d just get out my trusty Sabayon DVD and diagnose the problem from there, but it stalled too. So did Shift. And Ubuntu. Hardware issue?

The panels on the side are screwed on and I can’t find a matching screwdriver. I guess I’ll just try again tomorrow. It’s probably just dust.



  1. If Ubuntu, Sabayon, Shift, Mandriva, and Windows all stalled, it sounds very much like a hardware issue.

  2. Just , first read the book, how to install Mandriva Linux… read more … learn from other LINUX guru from forums.. and now… try to make a good work … After that… u could say something about Linux … So, learn more … and do not waste our time with posts from some other crazy newbie ..

  3. You, dear sir, are an idiot.
    -I’ve been using Linux since 2005, with no intention to go back.
    -Mandriva was already installed.
    -I’ve installed countless distributions, ranging from Ubuntu (every version since 5.10, back when it was just a text-mode installer) to Gentoo.
    -This is a hardware-level problem.
    -The post title means that sometimes, Linux might not be a universal solution. It certainly couldn’t fix this computer!
    So, next time, I suggest you think your comment over before clicking “Post Comment”. Thanks, though, for making my day with that hilariously idiotic comment. Now, run along, fanboy, maybe listening to a little Linkin Park will help you.

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