Anonymous
October 2, 2009

os change over for dell laptop

a friend of mine switched a desktop to your system and i am eagerly searching and asking questions if i can get rid of this infernal windows vista on my dell inspiron 1521 ( currently running a 32 bit vista system) please tell my this is totally possible due to the simple fact i am so tired of microsoft and vista issues.

Sure! You can try Linux without installing anything or disturbing anything...

Sure! You can try Linux without installing anything or disturbing anything you already have installed and therefore not invalidate any warranty on your machine.

http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora

Install from the live cd if you really like what you see and want to switch to Linux.
There are many other distributions to choose from :
http://distrowatch.com/

Another popular Linux variant you could try is Ubuntu :
http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download

Just download the image, burn it to cd, reboot your computer, set the computer's bios to boot from the cdrom/dvdrom first, save the bios settings, reboot, put the cdrom in the drive and the live cd should boot you straight into a desktop.

As far as the warranty goes, it depends where you live. Here in the UK; electrical products like PCs have to meet a certain warranty from new (Minimum 1 year from new) And it covers the hardware not the software. The manufacturer is providing the hardware and if they wish to pre-install Windows, the software agreement is between you and Microsoft and not the OEM manufacturer.
Andrea, HP haven't got a leg to stand on concerning your machine unless you damaged the machine by partitioning the disk incorrectly; thus damaging the hardware.
I'm sure the laws in the US are different but you should file suit against HP for breach of contract if the machine is broken and they won't fix a genuine hardware failure under warranty. HP sponsor Linux development.

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No problem if you'd like to change your OS with Linux, I've no Dell inspiron...

No problem if you'd like to change your OS with Linux, I've no Dell inspiron 1521 but I've installed linux on a lot of Dell machines.
Be careful about your warranty, there are manufacturers (Acer, HP, Toshiba, ...) doesn't recognize you an hw warranty on the product if you change or modify partitions on your internal primary disk. Seems so strange but they argue they sold you a "complete system" and they does not recognize you warranty on the entire machine if the "system" (read operating system as well) changes. Be scared if you've a 3 Year Next Business Day contract (like I did with an HP laptop).
My personal and simple hint: just change your HD !
With few $ you can buy a new one, install linux there and keep your "original" disk on a table or somewhere else.
If you're running into troubles with laptop hw just reinsert the original HD (and then call hw assistance).
This is NOT a technical issue with linux, it's a commercial problem due to stupidity of some hw vendors

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