A friend of mine had me work on this laptop last year because his niece hosed the Windows XP on it (porn? virus?). I rescued it using Puppy Linux, restored the Windows, and gave it back to him to give to her because I thought they were needy and she really needed the laptop for school. I worked hard on that thing to save the Windows and all her files, then she goes out and buys a nice new one, and my friend tried to sell the one I fixed, which kind of pissed me off a little because I felt I should have gotten first dibs on it, and a good price to boot for doing all that work for free.
Anyway, he shows up again today with the same laptop so I can give him a Windows/Internet lesson as he knows nothing about computers. About a minute after XP boots up, the hard drive goes "bam-klackety-klak" and the thing dies. I felt a little bad that it died while *my* hands were on the keyboard, but he kind of understood it wasn't my fault even though it's all foreign to him.
As he was leaving, he mentioned trying to sell it again, which brought back that old wound of mine about being used as a fixer just so he could sell something. I told him he might could get $20 for a several-year-old non-booting laptop if he was lucky (I just happened to have a 20 in my wallet, lol). At that moment, he said what I'd hoped for, "you worked so hard on it, just keep it and I'm going to buy a new one." Heck yeah! Hehehe. 😀
I told him he could buy a new hard drive for it (about $70), and I'd put Linux on there for him, but he wants a new Windows one, so I felt I'd been honest and offered him all the options before saying "thanks" and making it mine!
It's a pretty little Toshiba Satellite M55-S135, and I'm sure Linux is going to run on it like a dream. I'm heading out to the store in a few minutes to get a hard drive for it, and already have a Linux iso coming in on the bittorrent. I selected Xubuntu for it as it's a little shy on the RAM and has a ghetto Celeron processor in it, so I want something that will run light. I thought about Debian, but Xubuntu will be more pre-configged.
I'll do another post later after I get the little bitch running again. 😀
I new "used" laptop for me! woohoooo!