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  1. nice vid joe! but rgsmile...the video card in joe's clip is HUGE compared to what you would be installing. yours will be about a quarter of that size, lol. and the card you will be installing will be a low power one that does not require a power plug. if you have NEVER installed anything into a computer, then yes...i am afraid my "pretty painless" comment may have been an understatement doesn't mean i do not think you can handle it, i think you can. i would suggest you try one machine, one video card at first...if all goes well (which i am confident it will)...then buy the second card and have a go at the second machine. i would also recommend you try the newer, compaq machine first as i believe it is a larger, wider case that will give you much easier access to the insides. i also think windows 7 will be friendlier with the new hardware. still not sure how much you are willing to spend, or if you are going to buy online or at a store. if buying online...i (we) could check around and make some suggestions for you. i always shop online at newegg for my hardware. quick (usually free) shipping, good prices and overall great service has been my experience. if buying in a store, you will of course be limited to whatever they have in stock. i only buy nvidia cards myself, thats just personal preference...others i am sure prefer ati/amd. i use linux for my OS and nvidia has always had better support there, so thats another reason for my preference.
  2. well looking at both machines, its a toss up as to which is better. they both appear to have 2gbs ram, the older one looks to have a dual-core intel cpu, where as the newer (compaq) looks like it might have a single-core amd sempron. the newer one is running win7 which might be an easier installation if you decide to add a video card (better driver support in win7?). also, looking at both cases, i believe it will be easier to add a card in the compaq machine. i still think a cheap hdmi card and hdmi cable is the way to go. let us know if thats the route you decide to take, and how much $$ you want to spend. then we can suggest some cards for you. like i said in an earlier post...i spent $15 on an nvidia card (with an hdmi port) during black friday. installed it in a compaq machine which is a little older then your dell and it works really well! streams netflix perfectly in hd quality to my 50" plasma hdtv via one hdmi cable! was really simple to install. if you are comfortable opening up the computer and adding a card....it should be pretty painless. good luck with whatever you decide.
  3. could you click the following links, just to verify if these look like your computers: dell: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/ServiceTag/BZRXCF1 compaq: http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/kb/docDisplay/?sp4ts.oid=4162245&spf_p.tpst=kbDocDisplay&spf_p.prp_kbDocDisplay=wsrp-navigationalState%3DdocId%253Demr_na-c02131097-20%257CdocLocale%253D%257CcalledBy%253D&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken
  4. rgsmile, do you have the exact model number of the newer, compaq presario, windows7 computer (or both computers)? can help much better if we know exactly what we are dealing with. might be a sticker somewhere on the front, side or rear with the model. we can then check their website for the specs/details. don't want to see you buy anything that might not be compatible.
  5. my humble opinion: absolute best solution would be to get an inexpensive pci-e video card with a hdmi port (not mini or micro hdmi), install into the newer win7 computer. buy a hdmi cable long enough to reach... be happy. s-video will only transmit in standard definition (sd)...you have a high-definition (hd) tv, take advantage of it. picture quality will be literally, like night and day. i can't believe your direct tv box is hooked up via s-video? does it not have a hdmi port?
  6. almost forgot...during the black friday specials, i bought this card from newegg (refurbished) for $15 after mir: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130883 i also happen to have an old compaq presario, model # SR5110nx laying around. its about 7 years old (i think) and has a rather ancient, single core amd athlon64 3800+, with 3gbs of mixed ram thrown in. surprisingly, this old computer does have a pci-e slot. it had been running linux mint with the onboard nvidia 6150 graphics, but today i installed win7 64bit onto it along with the refurbished, nvidia geforce 210 which i linked to above. after running some windows updates, i installed the latest nvidia drivers, rebooted and plugged in via hdmi cable to my 50" samsung plasma.... sound and video both work through hdmi. installed firefox and tried out some videos from youtube and netflix....both worked perfectly in hd! it was ridiculously simple to setup, and i would imagine your 3 year old presario would work even better then this old dinosaur. on a side note...when watching on the big screen, i use one of these logitech keyboard/touchpad combo's (also bought as a refurb): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126315 it is slightly smaller then the keyboard on my 16" laptop, but bigger then the cramped keyboards found on most netbooks. it works great for a computer to hdtv setup.
  7. i have no idea what sort of computer you have, but if it is at all possible....i would go with digital over analog. if you have a nice hdtv, then why send it an analog signal? it may cost a bit more, but an inexpensive video card with hdmi and a 25' hdmi cable would give much better results. here are a few examples: if your computer has a pci-e slot: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150557 if your computer does not nave pci-e, here is a card that uses the older pci standard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187212 and here is a 25' hdmi cable: http://www.amazon.com/Link-Depot-HDMI-Cable-feet/dp/B000IJY8DS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388320319&sr=8-1&keywords=25+ft.+hdmi
  8. well actually there is. s-video cables carry video signals only....audio cables carry the sound. what you linked to are separate cables molded together. hdmi on the other hand, uses just one cable to carry both sound and video.
  9. there is no need to "log in" as root. if you are trying to create an xorg.conf file, and the nvidia drivers are already installed... then all you need to do is open a terminal and run the following command: sudo nvidia-xconfig logout/login or reboot when its done. if you need to configure the file after it boots, run the following in a terminal: gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf then you can follow terry or bruce's instructions for editing the file. save the file when done and then logout/login or just reboot for changes to take effect. not sure about opensuse, but in ubuntu/mint there should never be any reason to "log in" as root. hope that helps
  10. full erase/writing zeros ...on a brand new hard drive?? totally/completely unnecessary.
  11. don't understand why you are having to configure xserver....i haven’t had to mess with any of that in years. if i were you, i would try the xedgers-xorg repository. they have updated xorg-server and updated nvidia drivers. its pretty simple to do if you want to give it a go. but first i would undo whatever changes you made to xserver or whatever. then in a terminal run the following to first add the xedgers repository: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa then run the following to update the repos including the newly added xedgers ppa: sudo apt-get update the next command installs any available updates: sudo apt-get upgrade reboot after all that, and see if anything has improved. if no change, then try to install the latest nvidia driver (unless it already updated when you ran the upgrade command). the latest driver should be version 331.20 from the xedgers ppa. if it did not update, the following command should do it: sudo apt-get install nvidia-331 reboot when it finishes, hope that helps
  12. if you can get to tty1? ...try typing the following to completely remove the nvidia driver you have installed: sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia* press enter after typing it out and when that completes, type this one: sudo apt-get install nvidia-current press enter and when it completes, reboot with this command: sudo reboot hope it helps.
  13. Sweetpotato, according to the first quote above you stated that you had 528gb free of the 596gb available on your old drive, and that your new hard drive is 500gb. that makes your new hard drive smaller then your old hard drive. in the second quote it states: "make sure that the disk that you're restoring the backup to is the same size or larger than the disk that you backed up" i could be wrong, but i don't think your backup will work since the disc you're restoring the backup to is in fact smaller then the disc you backed up.
  14. sorry that did not work for you. how many hard drives do you have in this machine? if more then one...have you tried unplugging all of them except the one you want to install on? might want to give that a try.
  15. in bios, are your drives configured as IDE or AHCI? if IDE...try switching to AHCI
  16. Thanks Joe, think I'll just slap it together and seal it up. Doubt I'll ever use it but at least I know it works now!!
  17. not sure about that error. i have never tried it on a machine that old, but i still think it should work. a couple of things which you may or may not know (sorry if this is all stuff you already are aware of): you downloaded an ISO file, which is an image file and as such, must be burned as an image file (NOT like a normal data cd or dvd). i just downloaded the latest bodhi file (version 2.4.0) and i burned it to a CD....a DVD is way overkill. the bodhi ISO is only like 500-600mb's and will easily fit onto a cd. i saw no options asking me to burn it in "standard or ASC II". like i said, it needs to be burned as an image file (ISO)....what burning program are you using to create this disc with? i just happen to have a very old rig laying around here which i have not even looked at in years, i mean a LOT of years! it is an amd athlon, socket A, XP3200 (barton core) on an ancient Abit NF7-S....anyone remember these?? lol, i have been wanting to plug this thing for the longest time....thanks for getting me to try it! it was sitting in an old antec case, not screwed into the case (no standoffs to be found), so i decided to try it outside the case.... not being very careful, i layed it out quickly and did not realize a bottom corner of the motherboard was touching metal and after pushing the power button....it started to post, but then i heard a "pop" and saw the top of a capacitor crack and bubble up a bit!! i quickly shut down and figured i had fried this old setup for good. anyways, i cleared the bottom of the mobo from anything conductive (duh) and tried again. this time (to my amazement) it booted up fine from the cd, installed without a hitch onto a 160gb, IDE hard drive and is running absolutely perfect!! btw, this board has no built-in graphics, so i popped in an AGP, nvidia ti-4200 (wow, this stuff is so classic) to try things out and again, i am just blown away at how smoothly Bohdi runs on here! it ran great from the "live" cd, but runs even better after installed onto the hard drive. ...how is this even working after the cap popped when i first tried it??? i have no idea, but i kid you not...it is running like a champ! i may go dig up some standoffs and actually put this thing together correctly! only draw-back is this old antec case's 80mm fans and the old thermaltake cooler that are installed on here are louder then a 747!!! again thanks for getting me to try out this old machine, its been gathering dust for about a decade or so!
  18. I would not expect any of the above mentioned distros to run very well on a single-core amd CPU with PC 133 ram. You may just meet the minimum requirements...but do not expect a pleasant experience. I would suggest Lubuntu or bodhi Linux for such an old machine. Lubuntu is more traditional looking while bodhi is a bit different, but very smooth running with minimal requirements.
  19. thanks kburra, i have been using this start button/menu replacement for quite awhile now and i do like it a lot. has a nice modern look to it that captures the windows 8 look very nicely. not that i am a big fan of the whole windows 8 panel thing....but i think this matches up well with it. easily configured, including some options for changing the look a bit. i do not use windows very often, but do have win 8 installed on an ssd in this machine (very rarely touched) as well as running it in a virtual machine inside my main ubuntu installation (toyed with occasionally). i am using "start menu reviver" in both instances. i had tried a couple of other start menu replacements and was not real impressed with any of them. i have stuck with this one now for a few months and just wanted to say thanks for the link!
  20. another from tull, from the rolling stones movie "rock and roll circus"...but more notably, with tony iommi http://youtu.be/l8nsUGtdWNQ
  21. are you able to connect to the internet in win7? if so, try this: go to control panel > hardware and sound > devices and printers in the top row of devices, you should see your computer listed (as your user name-PC). if it is missing drivers or has other issues, there will be an exclamation mark over it....right-click on it and choose "troubleshoot" from the drop-down list. windows will search online for the correct/missing drivers and/or fixes for any other issues it finds. btw, FIRST turn back on UAC, firewalls, A/V and any other protection before you compromise your computer & data.
  22. Kurt, Ubuntu was not hacked. The Ubuntu forum's were. .. Big difference
  23. food for thought: http://prism-break.org/ http://www.opennicproject.org/
  24. just curious if you tried using gparted on it before using windows? i recently bought a samsung 64GB class10 micro SDXC card for my pantech discover phone (even though the specs say it can only handle 32GB cards - googling it said otherwise). when i got the card and tried it in the phone, it was not recognized. i loaded it in my ubuntu 13.10 desktop and could not mount it at first, started up gparted and was able to format it to fat32. i then proceeded to load 40+GBs of my music catalog on it, put it back in the phone where it was now recognized and works perfectly!
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