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hey guys, well i attend a high school and the computers are extreemly slow (netbook slow) and of course, the net is about 99.9% censored . they look like semi-decent pc's that are capable of performing much better. I believe they are hooked up to a server and reading all files from the server, and have no gigabit ethernet makes them slow. The pc's are all dell optiplex gx520 (7sy5381) is the service tag if anyone wants to look at the spects.

Now, my question is, since the computers are so slow and i use them about 80 mins a day, can i buy a 8 or 16gb ssd, buy one of those usb 2.5 inch drive covers that also conver the sata to usb. After i buy that, install a fresh copy of windows 7, and since the connection is censored, tether of my android hspa+ phone? would that also work on other pc (the windows that is) since they have identical components? and lastly is that a good idea?

i plan on configuring the bios to boot from usb first and just boot from the usb ssd
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You'd have to have access to BIOS, they would have to be USB-bootable, and your speed will suck since they'll be on a a USB 2.0 bus.
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you would like to boot off a external drive and use ur phone net to work on the school comp?

school comps dont run OS files off the server. that would make them as dummy terminals.

but yea i know they are slow when theres alot of ppl on the pc's.

personally i wouldnt do it. its going to be slow (booting off the external)
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The "problem" are the rig himself, and not the HD plus 8GB or 16GB aren't enough for a Windows 7 installation.
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if you're booting form a usb stick, you'll have limited space for a bootable os. Go with a linux distro that's compatible with your hardware. I would go with Ubuntu
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its not worth it your better off just buying a laptop
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Originally Posted by 2thAche View Post
You'd have to have access to BIOS, they would have to be USB-bootable, and your speed will suck since they'll be on a a USB 2.0 bus.
access to bios, i have. Arent all computers usb-bootable and yeah i figured that speed will suck because of the usb 2.0

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you would like to boot off a external drive and use ur phone net to work on the school comp?

school comps dont run OS files off the server. that would make them as dummy terminals.

but yea i know they are slow when theres alot of ppl on the pc's.

personally i wouldnt do it. its going to be slow (booting off the external)
and i wouldnt want to risk loosing or getting my ssd stolen by leaving it there, i guess im screwed
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have you tried just trying to find a proxy that works?
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The "problem" are the rig himself, and not the HD plus 8GB or 16GB aren't enough for a Windows 7 installation.
so it is the rig? i wonder what cpu they have?
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if you're booting form a usb stick, you'll have limited space for a bootable os. Go with a linux distro that's compatible with your hardware. I would go with Ubuntu
i mean, i just need the os, i also thought of using a ubuntu live cd. But that would take years to start up
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its not worth it your better off just buying a laptop
my school does not allow laptops or netbooks
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I've always been a windows guy, but I used to use live discs at school. All you have to do is find a good distro (I used ubuntu) and burn it to a cd. Pop the CD in the tray and boot from it. Boom, good to go

EDIT: Ubuntu would probably boot faster since the SSD will most likely be limited by the USB port
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