Installation of an external DVD drive

notagain - Jul 13, 2009 at 05:40 AM
Tom6 Posts 142 Registration date Friday July 31, 2009 Status Member Last seen August 7, 2009 - Aug 2, 2009 at 04:45 AM
I have an Acer Aspire One notebook which has a Linpus Linux Lite operating system. I cannot get used to the system especially when trying to print items when in college as the system is not compatible. I have therefore decided to load Windows XP, but cannot as I do not seem able to install external dvd drive. Can anyone help?

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i think there is a rack for hard disk which converts it from IDE to USB ... it may work with the DVD ALSO
but i'm not sure
Tom6 Posts 142 Registration date Friday July 31, 2009 Status Member Last seen August 7, 2009 16
Aug 2, 2009 at 04:45 AM
Hi :)

Depending on the amount of free-space on your hard drive then you might be able to install Windows on the same drive so that both Linpus and Windows are given as choices when you bootup
Take particular notice of the advice in

Alternatively i would suggest taking your machine along to the IT Support in your college as they might be able to get the printing working quite easily.

Another option is to try a dedicated linux forum such as

It does take a little time to get used to linux but perhaps this page might help

I haven't used Linpus myself but all the different versions of linux work in much the same way so i would guess that if you can find your "Package Manager" and use that to search for and install (or reinstall) "cups" (Common Unix Printing System), preferably while plugged in to the network with the printer in it then that might sort the problem out.

If you can't see other machines on the network then you might need to install "smbclient", "smbfs" or perhaps even "Samba" although i would be careful about that one unless other people suggest it to as i think it sets up your machine as a server although i'm not sure about that. Anyway, ask in the proper linux forums and someone in there should be able to help!

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)