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Friday, April 4th, 2008

My computer parts arrived yesterday. I wasn’t home when UPS tried to deliver them, but I called them and they let me go to their warehouse to pick up the parts, even though their operating hours technically end at 6. That was pretty nice of them, I’m pretty happy with UPS right now.

Anyway, I’m building a mostly-new system, since my old one kicked the bucket. For those interested, I got an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, ASUS motherboard, 2 gigs of RAM (for now), 500-gig hard drive, case, etc. Unfortunately all I’ve gotten to do with it so far, after putting everything together, is install Windows. That seemed to go without a hitch until I realized that my system drive is somehow the I: drive. I am assuming that this is because I also installed my old hard drives, which may have retained their old drive letters somehow.

Does anyone know if there’s an inherent problem having Windows XP on a drive other than C:? I haven’t noticed any problems yet, but I’m really not sure if this is a good situation.

Once I get Windows up and running, I’ll be installing Kubuntu, probably the x64 version. Windows has been my primary operating system for a while now, mostly because of work, but I’d really like to get back to making Linux my primary OS. I think that, even for working from home, it should be mostly doable, with a VPN client and some sort of VNC software running at both home and work.

7 Responses to “Some more geek stuff”

  1. Noah Says:

    I personally use “rdesktop”, an MSTSC-compatible client for windows terminal servers. When I worked for a company that wasn’t so strict about stuff, I had an SSH server that I tunnelled port 3389 over. If you have an IPSec-compliant VPN, the vpnc program for Linux should work nicely.

    Sorry I can’t answer your Windows questions. I really haven’t got much experience there.

  2. Apertome Says:

    Thanks Noah, I don’t know whether Cisco’s VPN is IPSec-compliant, but I’ll look into your suggestion. rdesktop sounds promising as well. I’ll try that first, and if it doesn’t work out I’ll go with some sort of VNC program.

  3. Noah Says:

    It should work, I used vpnc on OpenBSD to connect to our Cisco VPN when I worked for Kozoru. As long as there aren’t any funny rules that force the cisco client software to check certain parameters of your computer (like my new employer has), it will work fine. Configuration, as you can imagine, will likely be an exercise in patience.

  4. Dan Says:

    I ran XP from the E: drive for several years without incident. Should be fine.

  5. Jared Says:

    You shouldn’t have issues with it being installed on a non c:. However some applications might attempt to default there during install…you can change the drive letters around but it takes some doing. I believe you can use TweakXP to do this.

    I use Ubuntu as my primary OS at home…I rarely boot into windows and really windows is only there in case I decide I want to start gaming again. To remote into work I have to go through a CiscoVPN which was pretty easy to setup in Ubuntu…and rdesktop connects me to whatever machine I need to get to.

  6. Apertome Says:

    Thanks everyone. An update: I decided to reinstall to make my system drive C:. I just didn’t want to take any chances I’d have future problems, and I hadn’t installed much software yet anyway so no real loss.

  7. Marty Says:

    I had the same problem, simply because I had another drive installed at the same time as my ‘OS Drive’, and for some reason Windows decided to designate that drive as “J:/” instead of “C:/” (which it assigned to one of my DVD-ROM drives). I’ve only had a couple problems, mostly from 3rd party softwares packages that won’t allow you to select an installation drive (since they obviously can’t install to a DVD). But it’s probably better for you to start again with C:/ anyway.

    So, are you sticking with Windows XP or making the leap into Vista (shudder).

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