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Installing Debian GNU/GNU on a old laptop

July 20, 2018 -

This week a man brought his laptop to the community centre where I help people with computer problems as volunteer. The old laptop wouldn't start anymore and had to be reinstalled. Instead of Windows, I installed a free operating system. I think it is important to tell you how and why I did it.

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Alfa One 802.11b WiFi adapter is recognised by the Debian installer
Alfa One 802.11b WiFi adapter is recognised by the Debian installer
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
Installing the disk in the laptop
Installing the disk in the laptop
Laptop as it arrived at the community center
Laptop as it arrived at the community center
Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
Creating bootable USB-drive for installation
Creating bootable USB-drive for installation

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