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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by texmedic49, Sep 20, 2010.

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  1. texmedic49

    texmedic49 Thread Starter

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    I'm actually going to pick this back up this afternoon, I HAVE to go into work for a little while.
     
  2. CatByte

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    there may be a way of doing it, but I'm not familiar with it.

    If you want to wait for Dave, who will probably be aound this evening, he will likely be able to help out more with that.

    (I need to get ready for work now anyway)
     
  3. texmedic49

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    Sounds good. I take it Dave is noahdfear?
     
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    Oh sorry - yes

    (he puts Dave in his sig - brilliant guy, he made the boot tool from xPud)
     
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    Alright, so barring something stellar from out in left field, I am thinking that it might be a good idea to call it quits with this.

    Here's why...

    In recent months, I have been considering wiping this machine clean and running Ubuntu. I am simply tired of fighting windows XP. The instability, malware, etc. have soured me to the point that I don't want to screw with it any longer. My online backup, Unreal Torunament and homebrewing software are really the only things that kept me from doing that. I guess this just might force my hand. So I came up with an idea today, after reading about dual boot systems and running vitual machines in Linux. Follow along and tell me if this would work, and if not, where it would fall apart.

    1. Connect my laptop (Ubuntu) to my router and pull off all of my "irreplaceable" data. I don't know how to make Ubuntu and Knoppix (or maybe a live session of Ubuntu) connect. I had a connection through windows file sharing, but don't remember how to set up another, especially one in a live session of Knoppix. I figure you guys know enough to walk me through that if necessary, and if you are willing.

    2. I still have the windows files on the hard drive of the sick machine. I don't know if the "rescue" disk that I tried to use earlier looks for these, so I don't want to wipe it and start over without considering this first. I can't afford to buy another windows OS right now. If I could have, we might not have had this wonderful experience in the first place. So leaving the sick hard drive as is might be the thing to do, unless you guys say otherwise.

    3. From everything that I have read, it seems that the proper order for doing such things is to install windows, then linux, which should install a boot manager, no? So I run the rescue disk, wiping the hard drive clean, then run the Ubuntu install.

    4. Re-establish the connection between laptop and desktop, loading the rescued data back on to the original machine.

    The only question that I have, besides the networking issues, is in regards to the possibility of running windows through wine, or something similar. I simply don't know enough about that to make an informed decision. Would it be possible to use that rescue disk to install windows through wine? Does it even work like that?

    I don't want to diminish your efforts Catbyte, nor yours Dave, I just think that we are fast approaching the point where it just isn't worth messing with any longer, especially given my growing disgust with windows.

    Please discuss.
     
  6. texmedic49

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    So I made the decision, and you can probably guess what it was. Goodbye windows. I am deleting all of the OS files and cleaning up the hard drive for an Ubuntu install.

    I dearly appreciate the help that has been rendered to me over the last several days. As I mentioned before, I think that this was an inevitable event, it only happened sooner than I wanted, or expected. So goes the world.

    The only way that I can repay you other than donating to this forum, which I intend to do, is to send you some homebrew. That is if you like beer. If you are interested, please PM me your contact info.

    Thanks again!
     
  7. CatByte

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    Hi,

    There did appear to be some serious issues with your machine, so wiping it for a fresh install is probably the wisest choice to make.

    I hope you were able to save any important files you needed.

    Sorry I can't help you much with the alternative OS questions as I haven't played with them at all.

    I'm sure there are forums available for Ubuntu should you run into difficulties

    Good Luck
     
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