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Dimension 3100 Entry Level Entertainment

by jjwilliams73 / March 2, 2006 5:56 AM PST

I was thinking of buying the above base dell model and was wondering if anyone had much problem installing linux on it. I know there will always be issues, but with a 30% restocking fee, I just want to make sure it is worth the risk. My understanding is that Dell always uses Intel Mobo's so I assume this is good. Any experiences?

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As with most......
by Ixthusdan / March 2, 2006 10:19 PM PST

vendors, Dell puts a small partition on the drive that maintains your registartion information. When you install linux, you may destroy that partition. Use custom partitioning and leave it alone. But, if you register with Dell much of the hassle is removed. Only windows will give you a hard time. Since it is Dell, they will provide new codes for activation as long as they can find your record. (They are pretty good at keeping records.) Again, only a concern if you ever want to use windows on it.

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by jjwilliams73 / March 3, 2006 2:25 AM PST
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So I guess you had no (or few) problems. I think I may give dell a try for linux.
Thanks

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Dell
by phil66 / March 3, 2006 3:36 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

I have a Dell l800R P3 800mhz about 4 years old.

I have Window and Kubuntu on 1 harddrive and Ubuntu on another harddrive.

The problems I have had are ones I created myself. Having used windows for so many years it was difficult adjusting to Linux style of operations.

Try it you will like it and besides disc are free if you choose to go that way.

Ray

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