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Most distros (ie versions) of Linux I've seen come with Firefox.

If you get Easy2Boot and can boot from the Usb stick it makes it's very easy to run a Linux distro without actually installing it, it runs on the Usb stick and in ram, in fact you don't need a hard drive at all.

It could work on the laptop, let me know if you want to try it and I'll help you set it up.
 

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I think it's called Debian, whatever comes with the Pi. It has a different browser and when I got FF yesterday I'd click the icon and nothing would happen. It said you need certain libraries to make it work and I 'think' I installed them. I'm not as familiar with all its commands like I am with DOS.

Oh, not yet. I'm trying to set myself up temporarily on a different piece of hardware, either a console, Pi, Roku, etc. This way if the laptop doesn't reboot I can still get online. Or should I feel up to taking the heatsink/CPU out, I can get help if necessary.

It's been in safe mode since yesterday and no issues. Is there any reason to believe hardware issues if safe mode appears stable? Another site said disconnect the disc drive and anything USB (I have a wireless mouse). We've already reset bios to defaults. I'm relatively confident the memory and HDD are ok from the basic tests I've run. The mobo looks ok at first glance. Nothing ruled out 100%, just saying this isn't ready for the recycle pile yet.
 

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Linux can be hard to understand at first.

I think the Pi uses it's own OS based on Debian, see here :- https://www.raspberrypi.org/software/

Debian was one of the very first distros and is very stable. For me Linux Mint is the one most like Windows, and Ubuntu is another good one although it has a somewhat different Desktop, both have very good online support.

The nice thing about Easy2Boot is you can simply put the OS ISO file onto the Usb stick and it will work.
There's a bit more to it if you want the OS to remember changes you make between boots, that's called persistence, it is very easy to set up with Mint or Ubuntu.
 

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I've used the OS very little. My Pi is mostly used for emulation.

Yeah I came across Mint but apparently it prefers a different type of processor. Meaning it will work on Win machines but not Pi. At least that's what I've gotten from it so far. If I choose to build something then Mint would be an option instead of 10. Or I go for a full dive into Linux. Anyway as mentioned before I'm gonna rule out other possibilities on this before considering new hardware. And with this being the busy season at work I'm gonna need some time off before I go on the big repair mission. For now I'll check off the small stuff.
 

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Been busy. No real updates except to say nothing has broken since going safe mode. Was toying with the idea of a mini PC. Would a Celeron j3455 be a severe drop from the old i5 2410 I have now? While I don't do any gaming I also don't want to go so cheap that I'm like 'holy crap this is slow'. In case the mini PC becomes my main and I fix the laptop eventually for my portable needs.
 
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I had this problem and it WAS the SSD. If the SSD intermittently does not work then the graphics driver might not load to even SHOW the BIOS load...only a black screen with codes. My laptop was only 3 months old at the time and was fixed via the manufacturer.
 

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Really? I've done tests and all has come back ok. Haven't noticed any slowdown looking for files. But since this was my first SSD I don't know if there's something that could crap out. I had a hybrid drive in my PS4 that zonked when the power went out and I assume it was the fast access chips not the bulk of the drive.

I'm not certain this has a speaker for codes. Then as I keep saying why does it seem stable in safe mode, just because it's not using the video driver? Reverted to the original driver and it froze anyway. Another HDD would be the cheapest way to get going again. Then I question why the SSD would break quicker than any of the standard drives.
 

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Hey, long time no talk. Been running in safe mode, bid on a temp system but got outbid. Busy at work still so I haven't put tons of time into this since it's been fine.

So just a bit ago it suddenly turned off again. No warning, just zip. Had trouble restarting as expected. I took out the battery, DVD, HDD, and KB, and it was at least booting to the logo. Put all but the DVD back and here I am waiting in normal mode to see when it freezes next. Been in safe mode so long this resolution looks weird. Either something else is flaky or I'm just used to the really low res. Ha.

Is sudden loss of power something I should try fixing? This only happened once before and it's my first problem while running in safe mode. Had hopes of repairing this, but the longer this carries on the more it seems like it may be a lost cause. The hell does anyone find a similar laptop with Win 7 these days?

*20 minutes? Locked up. Safe mode. I'm irritated...
 
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