Saturday, May 23, 2009

Doing The Unthinkable

We got our new additional laptop last week Friday. Yes its a Dell and not a Asus or HP or Lenovo(Thinkpad). Being so used to Thinkpads, we finally gave in to Dell eventually. But I would say this though, Dell has come a long way and their laptops are just as good and as though as Thinkpads.

Anyway, back to the topic - anyone who has gotten a new laptop would savour it and get straight to adding on their favourite softwares and start using away. But I did the unthinkable. At first I was rather skeptical and a bit afraid of what the outcome would be given that I am not too familiar with Dell laptops. So after some investigating online, I summon enough courage to reformat the all NEW laptop. For all who aren't familiar with computer terms, reformat means to get rid of whatever software is existing in it and replace it with a new one - well sort of, you get the idea.

The whole thing is because I wanted to install 2 Operating System on to 1 machine and the laptop actually only came with a single partition on a 320 GB hard drive. That means that should one Operating System fail, it would most likely affect the other if they were all on the same partition. Therefore the most logical thing to do was to create a new partition and have each Operating Systems installed on separate partitions. Besides, I hated the default factory configurations that Dell provided (they simply installed too many unnecessary software and were simply on trial only), so it was good opportunity to reformat the machine and at the same time create the necessary partitions on the hard drive.

And so within 2 days of laborous installation and configuration (especially with device drivers for both OSes), I've successfully installed Windows XP with Service Pack 3 and also Ubuntu 8.10 64bit on to this baby. We haven't got a name for it yet, so still thinking...

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