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Installing Debian GNU/Linux 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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The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
Laptop as it arrived at the community center
Laptop as it arrived at the community center
Replacement disk
Replacement disk
Alfa One 802.11b WiFi adapter is recognised by the Debian installer
Alfa One 802.11b WiFi adapter is recognised by the Debian installer
Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
Boot device not found - that's not good
Boot device not found - that's not good

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