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    Quote Originally Posted by Jma View Post
    Tristen is correct about HP's, they are ok.
    Installing systems on several new HP machines the biggest hassle I've had is Linux drivers hadn't yet caught up with the hardware for getting wireless working out of the box, easy rectified in a few minutes by installing the drivers manually.
    On the same machines with Win10 it worked OOTB.
    Jma, you're speaking Greek. Or possibly Sanskrit.
    But I can work out your thinking OK - and Phil will be sighing.
    So: Linux drivers are by and large installed automatically; but can be installed manually (or once a year, as my husband liked to say) ?

    Oh, P.S. is your avatar your avatar because it's the ugliest thing you know ? - and if so, why ? Or am I seeing it all wrong ?
    I'll tell thee everything I can: there's little to relate ...



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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    A "com" port is actually a serial port, looks a bit like vga (monitor) connector but with 9 (or 25 if really old)pins and male. Time was when your mouse was connected to it. Haven't needed one since about 1990.
    Oh. When I was in me prime then. Well, bit past, really ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-R View Post
    If you knew my friends and relatives you wouldn't bother asking: there's one only who is computer-savvy - the sister younger than me - and she recently decided to go over to [unprintable] Apple. I would cut her out of my will, had I aught to leave.
    So what did she do with the old computer?
    Nothing wrong with Apple, runs Linux too.
    Linux is related to Unix and so is Apple's OSX and the iPhone and the Android phone I assume you might have, Smart TVs, Chromebooks, IoT devices like smart lightbulbs, speakers, fridges and actually the whole Internet... one big happy Unix-like family

    Unix has been around long before DOS/Windows and will be long after. It has become so ubiquitous and fundamental in our technological lives that I sometimes wonder if an alien intelligence would end up creating a Unix-like system too.


    It is fun to read how it all began with these two super cool ancient morons



    Of course when it all began with Paul Allen, the brains behind Microsoft, that was exciting too.
    I literally absorbed his book:
    Other than SciFi I normally can't read Fiction/Biography books, especially not "Best Sellers".
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    Back on topic please.

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    I'll tell thee everything I can: there's little to relate ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotnot View Post
    Just for reference, these folks have a Geelong chapter ~ ...help may not be as far away as you think.
    And then there's the bad news, wotnot:

    Nice bloke but.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jma View Post
    EDIT: Ok, we've been warned, no more spiders in this thread...
    They were bloody interesting Jma ! - you're an arachnophile I see.
    ANYWAY.
    I'm still sitting here waiting to hear from Mike in Sydney so that I can get on with this new project of mine.
    And I'm champing at the bit, now.
    I'll tell thee everything I can: there's little to relate ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jma View Post
    EDIT-2: mtv, can you split those offtopic posts to another thread please?
    Sure... you start the thread and I'll move the posts to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-R View Post
    And then there's the bad news, wotnot:

    Nice bloke but.
    ...for some reason I can't view that...

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    All that the image was, wotnot, was a rely M-R got about the Geelong chapter of the Linux group. Apparently it is not particularly active, and has no regular meetings as such.
    I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtv View Post
    Sure... you start the thread and I'll move the posts to it.
    , thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    All that the image was, wotnot, was a rely M-R got about the Geelong chapter of the Linux group. Apparently it is not particularly active, and has no regular meetings as such.
    But why couldn't wotnot see it ? I meant for it to be an inline file, but it turned out to be one that when you click on it, it bloody downloads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wotnot View Post
    ...for some reason I can't view that...
    Sighh .. musta done something idiotic. Sorry, wotnot.
    ANYWAY ! - I've just had a real local user actually respond to my post on their message-board !
    Turns out he's exactly my age, which should put us on an arumentative footing, eh ? [grin]
    He lives in a suburb I know, although it's not close to mine; but he's willing and happy to help ! (He was away when my message went up, and has only just got back.)
    So there you go, wotnot: you were quite right !
    Thank you very much indeed, mate !
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-R View Post
    I'm still sitting here waiting to hear from Mike in Sydney so that I can get on with this new project of mine.
    And I'm champing at the bit, now.
    He emailed me to say that he has a laptop that he thinks is a re-branded Lenovo, not fancy one iota but with all my requirements - very few, really ..
    He's posting it to me on Monday; and I've asked him to send it a fast as AusPost permits.
    Can hardly wait !

    To everyone on this fred who's so patiently put up with me throughout

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    Don't chuck rocks!
    I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    Don't chuck rocks!
    Idiot !
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