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Join Date: Nov 2010
12-21-2010, 08:17 PM
Out of interest, would it be possible to internally install a USB drive into the Mini, then run either 7 or Leopard from this?
I'm looking for a cheap method of getting my Mini 9 back running again, the SSD was dead when I got it.
Cheers for any advice.
Join Date: Apr 2009
12-21-2010, 09:13 PM
As for running off it, I don't think Windows likes running off a USB drive, I dunno about OSX. (Linux should run off a USB drive)
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
Join Date: Dec 2010
03-06-2011, 09:40 PM
Thanks for all the advice everyone! I tried putting linux/google os on a flash drive, but it was just too much of a hassle for me to figure out how to use those OSs. So I decided to sell them instead. You can see the post I am about to make for more info.
Join Date: Mar 2011
Puppy Linux might be the solution - 03-16-2011, 02:46 PM
Virtually the same situation here:
Dell mini-9 (Inspiron 910) acquired from sister with BIOS and HDD pw locked, (not by her-btw). I was able to get the BIOS unlocked but ssd hdd is still requesting a pw that only Dell can tell me for $60 charge. I suppose that might be a fair price if I wanted the data off of it or if the pw had been set by a user and not by itself. But in this situation it strikes me as a scam by Dell to hit customers for another charge after warranty. But, I've found the mini-9 very useful without the ssd using several versions of Puppy Linux.
Fluppy 13 worked perfectly out of the box for me and Lucid 5.1 worked well with a different wifi driver. The mini-9 seems to have a Broadcom wifi card that doesn't like standard Broadcom drivers.
Puppy runs really fast, directly from RAM, so once loaded you don't suffer from the USB laggy loads like you would running regular live cd distros.
One thing, coming from Windows or even a regular Linux distro, it takes some time to wrap your head around how it works and how to use it. It utilizes a nested file system that essentially gives you dual locations for the same place..see, confusing. Thankfully there is much support, almost too much when coming to find your issue discussed. And even better, it usually has everything you need in it and the common add-ons like Google Chrome, Firefox, GIMP, Pidgin and the rest of the common linux installed programs are easy to find in custom .pet packages or RAM stingy .SFS files to use.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: San Mateo, CA
03-17-2011, 03:26 AM
I have 2 SSD's for you. One is a barely used (less than an hour) 4 gig with Linux, the other is an 8 gig with XP. Used the 8 gig one for about a month before I bought a 32 gig. These are both factory Dell SSD's.
I'll send both to you ready to go for $25 shipped. PM me if you want them.
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