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Installing Debian GNU/GNU on an 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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Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
The laptop is working again, this time thanks to (mostly) free software
The laptop is working again, this time thanks to (mostly) free software
Replacement disk
Replacement disk
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
Alfa One 802.11b WiFi adapter is recognised by the Debian installer
Alfa One 802.11b WiFi adapter is recognised by the Debian installer
Downloading Debian
Downloading Debian

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