It’s being a long time since my last post in my blog but this time I wanted to come across with something different which I think might be quite useful for whom wants to assess their old PCs or laptops.
If ten years ago someone had told me that one day I will have three computers at home in my service, I only would have laughed. But today it is real 🙂 I actually have 2 laptops (one is my mother’s which would have made me laugh even more) and one desktop.
The desktop is an AMD athlon 2500 1GB RAM and NVidia 6600GT, one of the laptops is a 512MB RAM (384MB after sharing ) intel 1.6 GHz and other laptop is a intel dualcore 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM. After buying my laptop I gave up using my PC for more than one year. It was resting in peace 🙂
Recently I decided to assess it and wanted to set it up as a server for downloading stuff and for experimental uses. However in my first try I couldn’t manage to install Ubuntu 9.10 as I was using my two 120GB disks with Raid0. Unfortunately Ubuntu 9.10 (yes it is the desktop version not the server one) having some problems with Raid 0 on my hardware. I removed the strip and also one of the hdds, started installation… Booom!!! my cdrom wasn’t working properly. There was only one way; to install Ubuntu via a usb drive.
Typing ‘install ubuntu from usb’ on google, I found https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick and https://help.ubuntu.com/community/USB%20Installation%20Media . Using UNBootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/) as advised and setting the usb drive as the boot media from my pc’s setup, installation started at last! It should be noted that if the usb drive is an external harddrive then UNbootin doesn’t seem to work, instead use an usb pendrive. Installing ubuntu from a pendrive works pretty fast and flawles.
TO BE CONTINUED…