At previous Friday my dad got a big payout and ask me if want to buy this laptop about which I beg for about a year. So as you can guess I've got my own, personal, mobile computer in which I'm writing this journal now
But the story is a little longer:Day 1:
The first day "starts" at night, because then I'd return to my house after my shop-journey
I've choice a laptop without any OS. By this my model was cheap and has almost the same (or even better) parameters than my dad's laptop which costs two times more money
. So the first what I've done after unpacking was download & install Ubuntu
. Me and my dad tested an Mandriva distribution on our the oldest computer and there was a lot of problems with it (mainly with graphic card drivers). So I's worry if will have them too with my thing (at least it is a laptop - it needs some extra configurations), but there was no problems at all - I've configured my Internet connection, updated NVIDIA drivers and installed my favorite GIMP, Mozilla, OO.org, etc. before I got sleep
So the first day was euphoric Day 2:
When my sister has got know about my new stuff, she decided to "at least" clean-up our common computer (this one on which I was playing, web-surfing, and drawing until now) out of viruses ("what viruses? I've keep the computer very well and it doesn't have any viruses!"
) and reinstall...no...install Windows 7 which I hope I will never see this system in my house
. But sister was adamant, so we did a bit of work of moving all our programs, games, sister's photographs, my pictures, drivers, etc. on mobile disk (which my dad borrow it to us). It was a first time when I was realized how many GBs my 'little' files have
. We've done after about 4pm, so as you see there were a lot of data...
Then I've left sister and dad installing W7 and let do another play on my laptop
. I've put pictures on it and try to explore it more.
So the second day was exhausted Day 3:
This day had started with my sister asking me for keep an eye on her computer upgrading while she was going to her friends. Of course I did it and when the system have stopped it switched off. Because I wished to reload the rest of my files (games and programs) back on this computer I boot it again. And then I was shocked - the system wants from me a password. The password which I don't know because I'm not my sister
. What's more - she didn't created an account for me
! I've realized I lost this computer forever
. Some of you maybe remember I've some unfinished work in Flash which definitely doesn't work on Linux. But not only this gets my mind - There are many other things which I wished to do again on this computer. I thought sister left it untouched after I buy a laptop, but she didn't. At those time I was very sad
. The only way to get back the rest of my stuff was to install Windows on my laptop...
So I got disks with WinXP (which were included with sister's computer when we've purchased it) and try to install it. A system is just a system, it shouldn't its installation on a hardware manufacturer. Unfortunately this one did - I was unable to install Windows from HP disk on an Asus laptop
. I'd try everything but it wasn't listen me. The day was saved by my dad which has returned at the end of day and let me install his Windows (which he's bought for the rest of his money to upgrade his computer). This one worked and it was...the Seven (Gosh..)
So this day was a frustration.Day 4:
I put systems on my laptop in wrong order - if I've install Windows first and then Linux, there was be a GRUB which could let me chose what a system to load at startup. But I've started with Ubuntu, so when the Windows got his own space on HDD it overwritten MBR (which means he set the computer to load only Windows). Fortunately the Ubuntu disk can be run in LiveCD mode, so I could reach to my /home
and do a backup (again...) on mobile drive and try to reinstall/configure GRUB to work with two systems on HDD. Because the whole operation (making an archive, coping it out, reinstalling GRUB, finding it crashed the system, trying again, seeing again non-working desktop, trying a full
install, re-upgrade it, moving back the backup, checking if all works right...) got a bit of the day, nothing else was left for fun things
. In addition I found my all Amiga games and an emulator for them lost somewhere, and probably were deleted during some work of this day or one of before ones
. Months of looking for them, downloading them, caring them just gone...
So this day was full of anger.Day 5:
At this day I decided to do only an entertainment
. I've got all my own things in right places, so I could play at least in my games and forgot about previous days
. Because during cleaning up in the second day my sister removed many of them before I've managed to move all saves, in some of my games I had to start from the beginning
. But it wasn't so bad, I could remember some of the best moments from them now
So this day was funny.Day 6 (today):
When I try to set a new wallpaper on Ubuntu desktop I've found all images which could work well on any "standard" home computer, in my case need to be resized. My laptop has got a wide 16:9 screen (which now it is a standard in laptops) so I got one of those images and opened it in GIMP. After I've finished I realized something is missing...
. Indeed I've got a mouse, but no tablet!
Without it I can kiss my "artistic carrier" goodbye!
Unfortunately Ubuntu has got drivers for tablets, but only those like the "amazingly popular" Wacom :dohtwo:. My Spydee Painter Tablet is not on the list, and the producer offers only Windows drivers
. Of course I could just install it on Windy and do the same with GIMP, but that's not the point - Linux is a "natural environment" for him, in this system it works better and has got more functions. I already have subscribed to Ubuntu forum and still waiting for response
. I hope I will solve this (serious) problem
So this day wasn't end yet...