[sf-lug] [Fwd: Re: Where can I get my computer transitioned?]
jim at well.com
Sun Oct 11 12:05:36 PDT 2009
(continuation of previous message; my laptop clicks
the mouse all by itself with unpredictable results).
hiya, stoop. a lot of us in your position turn to each
other for help. the essential steps are easy in concept:
* analyze your data: what file formats do you have?
what software exists on the target platform? must
you convert some data to some other format that is
supported on the new OS?
* convert any data to supported formats.
* save data to two (not one) removeable or external
storage devices or services.
* test that the data is correctly copied.
* ensure you can reinstall the existing operating
system--e.g. do you have OS installation CDs?
* install the new operating system.
* copy the data from external storage to the host.
* integrate the data with the appropriate application
my guess is the toughest part for you is analysis.
here are some local resources:
* sf-lug (us). ask for more help. you willing to have
someone come to your house? willing to bring stuff to
someone else's house? can you bring your machine to a
sf-lug meeting? post more on this email list.
* noisebridge. http://www.noisebridge.net noisebridge
has a publicly available location on mission near 18th
street (2169 mission). come by at 6 PM on wednesday
evenings for the new linux discussion group. they have
a mailing list that's _very_ active.
* cabal. http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/ is a group that
meets in menlo park on the second and fourth saturday
afternoons of each month. bring your machine. they
have a mailing list:
* bay area linux events (BALE).
On Sun, 2009-10-11 at 11:29 -0700, Stoop wrote:
> Hi there folks!
> My name's Stoop, and I'm just new to San Francisco.
> I have an old gateway pc that was transfered to linux, but it's about
> to die. now i have a new dell pc, which i'd like to turn into a linux
> and on to which i'd like to move all of the old computer files and
> docs. Im new to the city and need to find out where i should go, or
> who i should contact for such a service. when i lived in portland, i
> had a bad experience with transitioning my pc, the guy did it wrong,
> didn't move my data over and thankfully backed it up, but it was
> fairly scary. i could have lost everything.
> hopefully someone knows someone good and legit who can help me make a
> smooth transition.
> also looking into linux user classes to learn basics that I am still
> needing help with.
> Any suggestions?
> Thanks for your time!
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