What is the best OS for my 2002 Dell DHM?

October 17, 2011 at 18:49:43
Specs: Linux i686
It came to me with Ubuntu installed, but it doesn't work very well. I can't upload any pictures from my two digital cameras. There are other problems too.

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#1
October 18, 2011 at 02:06:11
How much RAM? How big Hard Drive?

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#2
October 18, 2011 at 06:16:37
Ubuntu 11.10 says it has memory of 495.9 MiB, intelpentium processor (R0 4 CPU 1.70GHz, OS type 32 bit, disk 38.9 GB

I don't think this answers your question but I have searched the computer for other stuff and can find nothing. Can you tell me where to look to get the answers to your questions. If I were on my mac I'd click on the apple, but there's nothing comparable on this machine.


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#3
October 18, 2011 at 07:05:44
Before we "throw out the baby with the bath water" what is the make and model of your two digital cameras. What program are you using to download?

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#4
October 18, 2011 at 11:30:41
The camera I bought last month is a kodak Easy Share 4X wide, M532

The old one is a vivitar vivicam 5024

I was using the kodak easy share program on my old mac, 2001, and it worked fine for a long time (with the vivitar)--until I sent out to have a wifi card installed and have the speed improved. It came back with a new (used?) hard drive and numerous problems--including the easy share program no longer working.

So I got the 2002 Dell DHM with the Ubuntu OS and it would not upload either the pictures from the cameras to the internal picture software nor would it open the kodak easy share program software ( not from the camera nor the website).

I haven't tried acquiring any other program for pictures. Just tried using the two--the easy share and the internal. No go.

I've lost the Mac OS X software I bought in 2006 or I'd reinstall that.

But I would like to try putting the old hard drive back in--see if that works. Can you tell me how to do that.

A few days ago I tried to upgrade the Ubuntu and it not only would not load fully, but the chunk it did load lost some plug-in. So there are some graphics and images that I cannot see on various websites.

The Dell would not accept the vivitar to its internal picture program.


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#5
October 18, 2011 at 12:14:58
Kodak is a stumbling block, whether digital cameras or printers. They just don't support Linux. It might just not work...

I use Debian Xfce. My wife has a Vivitar Vivicam X225 and it works just fine. Have you tried attaching the camera and navigating into it using the File Manager, Nautilus? Have you got e.g. Digicam, F-Spot or Picasa ( (http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Oneiric#Photos_and_Graphics)


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#6
October 18, 2011 at 12:43:54
There is a lot in your post.

11.10 is the newest ubuntu, not sure I care much for it. The memory you have is pretty low for that. Might have to move to xubuntu or some other lightweight distro.

You'd have to hack a mac os on it.

http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Kodak... and many other places for help on cameras.

http://linuxgazette.net/148/knaggs....

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#7
October 19, 2011 at 18:20:46
Thanks Jefro and Arochester. I don;t really understand your answers. I know I saw the word "nautilus" somewhere in my travels around Ubuntu. But I don;t know how to access it or "file manager"--much less connect the camera through them. Someone would have to walk me step by step through the process.

I don't know how to "hack a mac os on it eiither."

I did try to upgrade Ubuntu and it just about blew the doors off my computer. It was unable to complete the download. I lost certain plugins in the process and have been unable to recover them.

I am looking at buying a MIcrosoft windows 2000 "Professional" OS--for $59 on ebay. Do you think this would work better than trying these smaller steps? Since I have so little computer savvy?

Thanks again...Brenda


Give me a call if you would be willing to talk me through some of the suggestions above.

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#8
October 20, 2011 at 06:48:10
Not a very smart move posting your phone number in a public forum. No one is going to call you except for telemarketers, spammers, or cranks.

Why would you even consider spending $60 on an outdated OS? Stick to Linux, just find a distro that works best with your hardware. Ubuntu was a poor choice.


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#9
October 20, 2011 at 15:49:29
Do not buy such an old product off ebay. For not much more you can buy a new computer from a trusted store.

I didn't understand what you meant by mac os.
"I've lost the Mac OS X software I bought in 2006 or I'd reinstall that."
What does that mean?

Your best bet in my opinion would be to contact dell. They may sell you an OEM disk to return this to xp or me for a nominal fee.

Do it still have a service number?

Why didn't you get the recovery disks with it? Do you have an owners manual?

This may be a dell that has the recovery media on the hard drive. A F key at boot or a special cd may return it to as bought state.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#10
October 20, 2011 at 18:31:25
Thanks Jefro--I will start by calling Dell as you suggest.
Brenda

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#11
October 21, 2011 at 13:24:38
The recovery media may be on the disk. Get the owners manual.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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