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  • #16
    Originally posted by Spaceboy View Post
    ruin? how so?

    Intrigued cos I've not played with pen-drive linux installs before
    Back when I was at college, I used a pen drive to transfer data between computers. It would normally work when transferring files from home to my user space at college, but once or twice when I had to bring stuff home from college on it, it wouldn't work. I would get round this by reformatting it, then it'd work again. That only happened a couple of times though.

    Now I'm not at college so I installed Ubuntu on it. Ubuntu never actually ran, but apparently the install completed. So I booted into a live CD of Ubuntu to format it back to FAT32 to make it useful again.

    Ever since, it has never worked in any OS.


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    • #17
      Sounds more like a duff drive than a problem with Linux. There is even an option with Ubuntu to install on a usb key to use to boot a PC with a damaged OS partition
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      • #18
        What does Linux do that Windows doesn't?

        Well for a start Linux is open source, so there are many things you can do on it
        External sound cards are pointless

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Smifis View Post
          Bouncy ball on my desktop on Kubuntu
          I want one! How do I get it?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by GentleGiant View Post
            Sounds more like a duff drive than a problem with Linux. There is even an option with Ubuntu to install on a usb key to use to boot a PC with a damaged OS partition
            It still appears as a bootable drive in BIOS, but I can't do anything with it in either OS. It doesn't appear in Disk Management in Windows 7, but appears as a "Mass Storage Device" in Devices and Printers, with a yellow exclamation mark next to it and the option to troubleshoot. Troubleshooter cannot identify the problem.


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            • #21
              1) Is free
              2) Is available in more versions to suit different uses (e.g. XBMC makes a much simpler Media PC than Windows as it is dedicated, Untangle makes an old PC a superb internet firewall / router, etc)
              3) Helps keep Microsoft's pricing in check despite almost being a monopoly as the only major retail / OEM OS available on PC's (not counting Apple as they are an overall system rather than an OS choice for most)
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Col View Post
                It still appears as a bootable drive in BIOS, but I can't do anything with it in either OS. It doesn't appear in Disk Management in Windows 7, but appears as a "Mass Storage Device" in Devices and Printers, with a yellow exclamation mark next to it and the option to troubleshoot. Troubleshooter cannot identify the problem.

                Win7 keeps buggering up my stuff; although it could be the drive is damaged. Did you use the default settings for the format?
                I managed to destroy a drive by setting the block size too small.

                Leave it at the default 2048bytes.

                All I can suggest is formatting it again; under DOS or command line if possible.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by tentimes View Post
                  I want one! How do I get it?
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                  • #24
                    So if i download and install Virtual PC, i can run other non-windows OS' within my Win7 environment with no effect on how my machine starts up and runs windows normally ?

                    Bit of a noob question i guess, best to ask tho
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                    • #25
                      Yup, should work fine
                      I grabbed a copy of VirtualBox and run Redhat Linux Enterprise in that so I can learn some stuff - works a charm
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Col View Post
                        It still appears as a bootable drive in BIOS, but I can't do anything with it in either OS. It doesn't appear in Disk Management in Windows 7, but appears as a "Mass Storage Device" in Devices and Printers, with a yellow exclamation mark next to it and the option to troubleshoot. Troubleshooter cannot identify the problem.
                        Just old/expired NAND ram, probably. Certainly it hasn't been 'broken' by linux; anything which any operating system can do to the pen drive should be repairable by a full low-level format. If the drive doesn't work after that (or you can't even do that in the first place) the problem is duff hardware.

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