[lug] Linux for my Dad?
fherman at inferential.com
Wed Dec 10 23:17:44 MST 2003
John Dollison wrote:
>My father is looking to replace a VERY old computer with a newer model, but
>doesn't want to spend much money on it, since he only uses it for solitaire,
>e-mail, and occasional web-surfing (at 56K). He's been looking at the
>WalMart computers ($200 - $400) that come with your choice of Lycoris or
>Lindows. I have no experience with either. Dad's not a computer geek like
>me, he just wants to plug it in and use it, without worrying about
>configuring much of anything. He lives out of state, so I can't help him
>much if he gets stuck.
>Does anyone out there have any experience with Lycoris or Lindows, or
>Wal-Mart PC's in general? Or should I just mail him a Windoze Millenium CD,
>and walk him through an install of that? It seems that Wal-Mart has been
>selling Linux PC's for well over a year now, so maybe it's really working
>for the Average Joe?
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I just got one for my daughter (Xmas present). Since I maintain RedHat
machines, I decided to install RH9.0 on it. My only problem was with
the integrated sound. While I got it mostly working with the stock
install, the sound for flash games was "choppy" even though the machine
was on a T1 connection to the game web sites. I could play CD's through
the internal sound and the event sounds worked fine. Just no flash
sound, which I needed for my 3 year old daughter's games.
I screwed around with upgrading alsa drivers and adding the suggested
module mapping, I couldn't get the sound for flash to work properly. I
spent a lot of time googeling for suggestion and tried everything I
could come up with. Nothing worked. I'm convinced that the sound is
like a winmodem and is even called a soft sound controller. I gave up
and bought a $20 Soundblaster 16 card from Compusa. After installing
and configuring the new SB16, sound worked fine for everything.
If you use the Lycoris installation, you may not have a problem.
Lycoris may have a driver from the MB manufacturer. Worst case, buy a
SB16 card for $20.
I would recommend adding more memory. The machine has 2 memory slots,
although the MB docs say 4. I'm adding more memory to my box.
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