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hey i just have a quick question. I have a toshiba tecra M2, it's a laptop from back in the day, running xp. I want to put ubuntu on it. If i do, will ubuntu allow me to adjust power settings like the toshiba software in windows does?

because it's old i get only 2 hours battery life, but if i put power saving to the max i can stretch it out.

Can i manage power usage in ubuntu?

Also i have the function key "Fn, between the cntrl and alt keys" that allows me to manage various functions on the laptop. Like screen brightness and vga output. Will my function key still work?

thanks

edit: I just noticed they have a netbook edition as well as desktop, should i be looking at that instead?
Edited by Fear of Oneself - 1/26/11 at 6:42pm
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post #2 of 11
should work.

desktop should be find for a laptop, netbook for a weak laptop or limited one.
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k i installed the ubuntu on my laptop and it runs retardedly fast, however I have one issue
for some reason I cannot find where I explore my hdd

cause all my documents are on the windows half of the hard drive (it's one partition with the two OSs side by side) but I can't find the documents and setting folder

and for some reason my grub unit is not appearing, so i cannot get into windows, just boots into ubuntu

It's kind of an emergency, so a quick solution is preffered

I hope it didn't over write my whole HDD cause I have all my documents on there, and it said it was going to install them side by side

Why i didn't think to back up? I have no idea
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k it formatted my windows, wiping off all my homework and documents from the past year and a half

Unfortunately I'm the biggest goof in the world and didn't back up anything...it's all lost including my legit products.

Now I need some serious help, now
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What do you need help with? You wiped out windows. Not much you can do.
    
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can i at least run a recovery on it?
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hmm. I dunno. I never ran into this problem. I honestly don't know how you botched this.

Oh, you could try a program called foremost and you might be able to recover some stuff. It's all command line though.
    
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Recovery will work, but your going to want to yank out that drive from the laptop and stick it in a tower to do it. If you don't I'm telling you right now your going to severely minimize what you can recover. Though I'm not exactly sure what you will get, I've never formatted then installed a different type of FS. I always formatted it back to the same FS, don't know how that affects things.
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Check out Pandora Recovery it doesn't restore file names but I have gotten files of a HDD after it was formatted several times.
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I've used Recuva to recover files off of other people's HDD's

I did happen to find all my product keys, so the software isn't that big of a deal, i can replace that

I'm going to scavenge my cousin's stuff to see if he has an adaptor, to put it in my desktop and recover from there.

Then partition the drive, and maybe install 7? 1.5Ghz pentiumM and 512mb ddr1 hell yea


...I just took the laptop apart and it's a 40gb Fujitsu 2.5" IDE...explains why it was sinfully slow
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