Another Hardware/OS Audit

AMD Athlon X2 4000 AM2 (2.10GHz)
Emaxx MCP61S-AVL
2GB Geil DDR800
GeForce 7300GT 512MB
160 GB HDD
*Windows XP

AMD Sempron 2200+ (1.60GHz)
Asrock K7VM3
1GB DDR400
GeForce FX5200
Seagate 160GB IDE HDD
Samsung 80GB
Maxtor 40GB
*Windows XP & Ubuntu on separate HDD

Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G
Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 (2.10GHz)
14.1″ WGA Display
Wireless 4965 AGN
Mobility Radeon X2300
Toshiba MK2546GS 200GB HDD
*Windows 7 Ultimate

HP Pavilion dv1000
Intel Pentium M (1.50GHz)
13.1″ Widescreen
Intel Extreme Graphics 2 Shared video memory (UMA)
*Dual boot: Windows XP & Linux Mint


Western Digital Scorpio External Drive 80GB
*Linux Mint 12 “Lisa”


Stage 2: Portable Multi-Distro Linux USB Drive

I think I got the hang of it. I have not created a separate /boot partition yet. I installed Linux Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” on my second target partition. The first of the five available partitions is currently being occupied by Linux Mint 5 “Elyssa”. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Grub and practicing on it on Mint 5’s menu.lst. It now has all the OS of my 2 machines – Sempron Desktop and Sony Vaio laptop. So as long as I’m using Grub, I think I’ll be fine. I’m now rethinking that separate /boot partition. It looks like my current setup is fine. I can wipe out my Ubuntu 8.04 practice installation and put Mandriva One or OpenSUSE 11.0 KDE4 over it.

On another note, I’ve been able to successfully boot my Western Digital Scorpio drive containing all of this between the 2 computers mentioned above. All I needed was to edit the menu.lst and use /dev/sdb5 when on the laptop and sdc5 when on the desktop. Then boot into recovery, fix X and boot the normal way. It’ll ask for the proprietary video drivers again since the former has ATI and the latter Nvidia. One more reboot and all is set.

BIOS reads the USB drive as first while the OS thinks it’s last. The BIOS part is true for both machines that’s why I didn’t have to edit that part. All seems well at multi-booting, Grub menu editing and switching machines. Everything I’ve tried works including wireless. Now I just have to finish the downloads.

Copying Firefox 3 Bookmarks

I installed another OS on my portable hard drive and didn’t want to go through the hassle of rebuilding my bookmarks. Got help from nice people and thought to share. For Firefox 3, they make it fairly simple. You only need one file – places.sqlite. Now I’m on Linux so I’m not sure if the windows version has this file or hides it. The only thing that I had to do was copy places.sqlite from my working FF3 to my new one and closed/reopened it. I got everything I need. It copies the bookmarks but not the passwords. So you’ll have to enter those again the first time that you access emails and other sites with logins.

Hope this helps!