It was the final minute of play. I study Hebrew full time on my own on a TV website with subtitles (usually). I played with Windows 7 on one of my half broken Thinkpad T23's (Pentium3 era IBM, they are all I use outside my home PC) until I was confident I should put it on the one I dedicate for carrying around and hot spots, etc. I'm all set up, hang my router out my window here in my apartment building, get comfortable on the shady bench, plug in my earbuds, and........no video. Just sound. Hmm, a plug in problem? Video acceleration settings? I should specify that the only video having trouble is on that particular webpage that uses a Windows Media Player plugin. The other installed 7 on my other T23 is working fine on that webpage and with every other file as well. I had the same positive results with a few 'trial runs' with a boot CD. When I exhausted all my repair options, I was almost resigned to spending September - October studying indoors.
Then I saw an article about Ubuntu's new netbook edition recently. I'd been playing with the OS over the years, but the last time I got stuck when trying to get my wireless PCMCIA cards recognized and WPA working. I said to myself, "Well, if 7 installed on one of these pieces of junk and is working better than XP, why not give this 10.10 netbook edition a try?" That was almost a critical error. When I did install and try to start that edition the boot timed out and probably never found any hardware recognizable. However, after a frustrating hour for not having my glasses on I finally noticed on the bottom bar was a drop-up list with the option to boot to a regular Desktop edition, and that...WORKED!!!
I probably shouldn't be so excited, since I can't hibernate, or sleep, or allow a screensaver without wiping the session, but so what? I'm in the lobby down here replying to this thread, and not stuffed into my apartment tonight. All of a sudden I might even be able to sell a few of these T23s to someone with low standards like me one of these days.
I went from thinking of Ubuntu as some sidelight to fiddle with to my bread and butter OS overnight.
ljbirns, I would definitely give it a try, and I'd love to hear how things go.
Josh, that video was