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Laptop Fix

My DELL520 laptop conked out, went extreeeemly slow; blue screens of death came up indicating a random error.  Normally one would re-install Windows as that is the conventional wisdom (TIME is MONEY for IT support). I coaxed the problem along and decided to transfer everything to a new, larger hard-drive using CloneZilla.

Booted twice and everything runs fine now.

The Geeksquad  would have zapped everything and charged $$$.
Then it would have been a pain reinstalling everything.


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Looks like I’ll be looking for a good deal on a 750GB or 1TB laptop hard-drive for a multi-boot OS computer.    The DELL520 is a rugged computer; I don’t have any major complaints.

I have a few more laptops that I’m getting ready for special jobs.    One I’ve been using is the DELL LatitudeXT, a nice little swivel screen tablet.   Whenever I need to edit some graphics on the fly that tablet fits the bill.

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When I tax my software projects in Windows I use different boot-ups.   Here are my boot.ini options:

[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Pro” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Pro 1GB” /fastdetect /maxmem=1024
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Pro 512MB” /fastdetect /maxmem=512
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Pro 256MB” /fastdetect /maxmem=256
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Pro 128MB” /fastdetect /maxmem=128
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Pro Safe Mode” /fastdetect /safeboot
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Pro VGA” /fastdetect /basevideo

 

Oct, 12, 2011


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