[CS-FSLUG] Putting Linux on a Sony Viao

Jim Isbell, W5JAI jim.isbell at gmail.com
Fri Jun 16 22:05:42 CDT 2006

I have been spending the evening looking at EBay and the price of a
replacement HD is only about $1 per GB so I am thinking that the best
thing to do is replace the 5.5GB with a 100GB drive and there will be
no problems with space.

On 6/16/06, Nathan T. <celerate at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/16/06, 'Mash <mashdot at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> I hate those restore images, they're only as reliable as the hard
> drives. I won't buy a computer that doesn't come with everything on a
> rescue media or with the actual OS media and a driver disk. I suppose
> the idea behind having the OS as a hard drive image stored on the very
> same drive is so they can make a little on the side when you have to
> send the whole computer back for them to replace the drive and restore
> the OS.
> > 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.
> If I were to get a computer cheaply with a windows image on it I'd
> just erase it in the first place before knowing what I might be
> missing. I've found that with my Toshiba laptop after using Windows I
> missed many of the personal touches Toshiba put into the OS. Frankly
> I've never seen Windows run anywhere near as stable on any other
> system as on that little laptop. I wouldn't want to know what kind of
> personal touches Sony puts on their laptops [rootkits & spyware].
> > Obviously check on this if you feel you will struggle with a re
> > installation later.
> >
> >
> > 'Mash
> >
> >
> >
> > 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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Jim Isbell
"If you are not living on the edge, well then,
you are just taking up too much space."

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