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Amanda
Moderator

Re: Data usage

Totally understandable dgj - operating systems are really expensive... There are free options out there, just so you know. I upgraded 2 XP computers in our lab to save the company some money and put Linux Mint on them - easy to install and use! 

But either way this is pretty weird. You have been using the service since the 10th I am guessing?

Sounds like you're already hooked up to the HughesNet service on your laptop if you can see the status meter.. do you mean connected it with a wire? Some laptops don't have the port now a days, I'd say check around the sides and back of the laptop for the port.

Amanda
dgjlovette
New Member

Re: Data usage

I will look into Linux Mint. I am not very good with computers, is it easy for not much computer experience? I have been using since the 10. I checked on 10th and data refilled. After a couple hours I was down to 20 percent. I was thinking of just disconnecting from desktop and using laptop. My laptop does have a port on the side. Thank you for your help.
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

dgjlovette,

As Amanda has mentioned, Linux Mint is a great FREE OS.  There is also a free antivirus for it by Comodo (there are people who say you don't need an AV program with Linux, but I still like one).  Linux Mint is very similar to Windows, and there are two "flavors" that run very well on older, less powerful computers.  You can always just take a look and see what you think. 

I have a computer that I built in 2005 that has Linux Mint 17.3 MATE installed on it and it works perfectly.

Again, it's just an idea.  It's good that you have Windows 7 on your laptop so you are able to do more financially sensitive things that you wouldn't want to do on a vulnerable computer.   


Ryzen 5 3400G | MSI B450M Pro-M2 MAX | 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000 | XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVMe | Windows 10 Pro
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

dgjlovette,

Installing it is fairly easy, and using it is a breeze.  There is a wealth of information on the Linux Mint site, and on many other sites on the web on how to install and use the OS, as well as updating things and such.  Also, which version and "flavor" would be best to use for your particular machine.  You basically download it and write it to a DVD or flash drive (older computers may not be able to boot with a flash drive) and install it from such.  Again, though, there is a lot of info on it on the site and around the web. 

If you can, I would use your Windows 7 laptop for now, especially, again, for anything more sensitive (paying bills and shopping and such).  Although Windows 7 is out of the mainstream support cycle, it's still receiving critical security updates, so that's good.   


Ryzen 5 3400G | MSI B450M Pro-M2 MAX | 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000 | XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVMe | Windows 10 Pro
dgjlovette
New Member

Re: Data usage

Thank you GabeU. My desktop is very old and slow, in fact I hardly use it for that reason. Will Linux still work on a old slow computer. I feel better with a virus scan also.
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

Do you know what processor it has and how much memory?  I can't remember exactly how to find out on XP, but I think you probably right click on the My Computer desktop icon and click properties.  I think it will show you there what processor and how much memory you have.  


Ryzen 5 3400G | MSI B450M Pro-M2 MAX | 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000 | XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVMe | Windows 10 Pro
dgjlovette
New Member

Re: Data usage

GabeU, I am trying to power up my dinosaur now (might take awhile). I do know my processor is a AMD Athlon 64 if that helps any. I will get back to you on the memory.
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage

Actually, the Athlon 64 is the exact processor I have in the computer that I have Linux Mint installed on.  It has an Athlon 64 3500+ and 1GB of RAM.  I was wrong about the version I have installed, though.  It actually has 17.1 MATE (MATE is the "flavor") in 32bit, not 17.3. 

Ryzen 5 3400G | MSI B450M Pro-M2 MAX | 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000 | XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVMe | Windows 10 Pro
Old Labs
New Member

Re: Data usage

Nope, that's why I qualified the above with if possible - money's often one reason, and can think of a few others (which probably wouldn't apply to your case).   
dgjlovette
New Member

Re: Data usage

My processor is 3800+, 448 mb of ram. I'm not sure how to find out how much memory I have.