[CS-FSLUG] Putting Linux on a Sony Viao

'Mash mashdot at gmail.com
Fri Jun 16 19:58:12 CDT 2006

Most new PC hardware usually has a restore image and drivers specifically for
windows, pre-installed in a hidden partition. This allows you to boot
off a restore CD and rebuild your system quickly.  I know DELL does
this a lot.

You can remove this when you are installing LINUX. I don't think there is
anything in the partition that you could not download off the SONY website if
you wanted to do a clean install of XP again oneday.

Obviously check on this if you feel you will struggle with a re
installation later.


On 17/06/06, Jim Isbell, W5JAI <jim.isbell at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have an older SOny Vaio and find that after XP in installed the
> whole 5.5Gig HD is full with nothing else on it.  It took me several
> months to figure out how to get XP on the thing because of all the
> proprietary software that Sony filled it up with so I am sure alot of
> that space is Sonys software that I cannot see.
> So I would like to clean the disk to bare and install linux but I am
> afraid the Vaio my not run without all the Sony software on it.
> Or in the alternative. get all the Sony software off it so that I have
> only XP on it.
> Any suggestions??

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