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August 14th, 2014 IPCUG Meeting Minutes

IPCUG Monthly Meeting

August 14th, 2014

Minutes by Laura, Secretary

Meeting started at 6:35 pm by President Hugh

There were 24 members and 1 visitor in attendance.

Announcements:

  • “Meeting after the meeting” tonight at Denny’s
  • IPCUG Board Meeting at Jerry’s, Thursday August 28th, 6:30pm
  • Linux User’s Group at Taos, Thursday August 21st, 6:30pm
  • No-host breakfast at Golden Corral Saturday, August 16th at 9:00 am.
  • An active member of the IPCUG for many years, Doug Parsons, has passed away. Members are encouraged to attend the viewing Friday 8/14/14 in Nampa or the funeral Saturday 8/15/14 in Melba.
  • If interested in being a member of the board or an officer of the IPCUG, please contact Hugh, as there will be elections in the September or October meeting.

Question & Answer Session

 

  • Q: I have been having issues opening the entire newsletter through Google drive, it seems to only be opening the first page.
  • A: You will need to right click and choose to open with Google drive, as you are most likely seeing a preview of the document.
  • Q: What is the best website to download the Firefox browser?
  • A: Firefox.com

 

  • Q: I backed up my Windows 7 computer to a number of DVDs, then tried to back up to a hard drive, but it wouldn’t let me.
  • A: When using the program in Windows 7 to backup, you are only allowed one backup.

 

  • Q: What program can I use to save to an external drive?
  • A: A free, linux program called Clonezilla. This is available through Distrowatch.com

 

  • Q: Someone sent me a PowerPoint and I do not know how to save/print just one slide
  • A: Install cutePDFwriter and while in PowerPoint, choose cutePDFwriter in the print options

1st Presentation: Hugh with How to Install Windows XP in Linux

  • Review of Virtual Box, which is downloaded through VirtualBox.org
  • First, you need to determine if your computer can support visualization. If your computer is older than 2006 or does not have at least 2 cores, you cannot run VM. If it is newer, go to your BIOS at startup time (usually either F2, F10, or the Delete key), which will get you in and allow you to check if VT-x/AMD-V are enabled.
  • If VT-x/AMD-V are not present, then you cannot use VirtualBox.
  • Prep: Be sure you have a PC that is capable, and that you have Linux OS installed. Go to the PC that has XP on it and boot into XP. Attach some type of Hard Drive or a secondary internal HD, then download disk2vhd.exe from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx but do not run yet. Download http://sourceforge.net/projects/vboxhdtools/ then install.
  • Setup: Determine if you are going to install a new copy of XP or if you are going to try to import an existing running OS. Most PCs that are shipped with XP are not capable of being used easily. Run XP cleanup then run disk2vhd.exe. Tell it to place the file on your external or secondary drive, not on the same physical drive as XP. Remember the name you create for it and keep it short. Here is a sample: XP_8-5-14.VHD. It will take a while, as it is taking a snapshot of your XP while it is running. Once the .VHD is created, you need to run the Vboxhdtools.exe
  • You will need to change the language from Spanish to English. To do this, choose Archive (at the top left corner), choose Configuracion, Idioma, then English.
  • Check that you have enough memory. You should have a total of 4GB. You have, by now, taken a snapshot of your XP and converted it to a .VDI file on an external disk.
  • Conversion Process: Select the source .VHD file and then the destination folder you want the new file in. Select the file name you want it saved as and select the VDI button. Click “Clone,” then wait. This program converts VHD (Windows VM) files to VDI VirtualBox files. If your VDI file is over 137GB, you have a problem!
  • Let’s Go: Find the .VDI file you saved on your external drive and copy it to Home>VirtualBox VMs>Windows XP(you will have to create the Windows XP folder). Select the file you put in the Virtual Box VMs. It will appear in the left side of the main window. Now run your XP in VM.
  • On the IPCUG website, we have an article that shows you how to enable updates in Windows XP.
  • Be sure to run your Antivirus multiple times, as there are many malware and viruses that can embed themselves into the BIOS of the hard drive. Run your Antivirus until it comes back clean.
  • The AntiVirus software that Hugh uses is Forti Client which is downloadable at forticlient.com  

Meeting adjourned at 8:25pm by President Hugh. Next meeting will be September 11th, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

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