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Default C: drive is too full to remove programs - 12-25-2010, 10:55 PM

I bought a dell 910 for my daughter on ebay last year. Windows XP operating system. She uses it just for web browsing. Lately we have been getting messages that the C drive is full. When I try to delete programs I get an error message that there's not enough space to perform that operation. How do I free up space if there's not enough space to free up space?

I just got a 8G SDHC card for it - can I move stuff to the card to make room? How?
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Default 12-26-2010, 12:03 AM

Tessa,

Welcome to the forum. The first thing I'd suggest is running "Disk Cleanup" which is under Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. Don't choose the option to compress the disk, but do delete temporary files.

Removing programs may not really help you much - it's usually the files created as you use programs that take up lots of space.

If your daughter has music, photo or video files she uses, those can be moved to the SD card.


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Default 12-26-2010, 12:29 AM

Thsnks Steve. I did as you suggested. I still have only 17MB disk space free (of 6.89 GB). There is no music or video on the C: drive. There are some folders with strange names:
c7ce3c7822c28.......
that contrain more folders with 4-digit names and header files and installer patches - are these related to uodates that didn;t sucesfullt install? Can I delete them?
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Default 12-26-2010, 12:49 AM

Yes, I think you can delete them. You have an 8GB disk in that model - that's a bit too small to be comfortable with Windows XP, so expect to run into this sort of thing a lot.


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Default 12-26-2010, 01:12 AM

I'm not wedded to Windows XP - is there an OS that will use less memory that would work for web browsing and if so, how do I replace Windows XP with the other OS?
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Default 12-26-2010, 01:27 AM

Linux is typically smaller with a default install. Ubuntu is the Linux variant I would recommend. You can get an installer that copies to a USB flash drive and then boot the Mini from USB. The Linux install will then (if you tell it to) replace your XP install. It will install the Firefox web browser, which is excellent.

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Default 12-26-2010, 01:33 AM

Thanks so much for your help and please bear with me - how do I boot the mini from the USB I have downloaded the Ubuntu to?
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Default 12-26-2010, 01:59 PM

you must enable "Legacy USB" in the BIOS setup..when the Dell splash screen appears I beleive its f2, at least its f2 on the Mini 10 that I have, maybe the Mini 9 is different, but you have nothing to lose, try f2 at boot time


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Default 12-26-2010, 03:03 PM

On the Mini 9, press the digit 0 key when the first Dell screen appears. This will bring up a boot selector menu - choose "USB". If USB does not appear, there are a couple of possible causes. I assume you followed the instructions at the Ubuntu site for creating the USB copy and did not just copy a downloaded file to the USB drive.


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Default 12-26-2010, 09:55 PM

Thanks - did all that and am now running Ubuntu from the USB. Can't get the wireless card to work. New post since its a change of subject.
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