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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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GNU/Linux distributions
GNU/Linux distributions
Laptop as it arrived at the community center
Laptop as it arrived at the community center
Replacement disk
Replacement disk
Boot device not found - that's not good
Boot device not found - that's not good
Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
Replacement disk tucked way inside the laptop
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!
The error message was right, quite literally: the boot device is missing!

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