My second monitor is NOT happy, and is currently turned off to avoid the Dance of the Angry ASCII.
Tasks To Do:
- Figure out how to get my FireFox and Thunderbird config data from the Windows versions to the Linubuntunix versions. I have tons of bookmarks and eight friggin' email accounts, and redoing even the latter by hand would be traumatic.
- Figure out if Ubuntu is set up for a dual-boot install.
- Install Ubuntu on my old 80 GB "Data" drive for a "Test Run", using the dual-boot option and leaving the even older 20GB "OS and App" drive untouched.
- Make sure I can get the nVidia drivers up and running properly, with both monitors.
- Remove the 80 GB drive, and install the Shiny New 320 GB drive.
- Install Ubuntu with Dual-Boot option on the 320 GB. The "Second Boot" will be the 20 GB Windows XP drive. This is the "emergency exit".
- Temporarily unplug the 20 GB drive from the CD controller and power. Plug in the old 80 GB. Transfer all data into an "Archive" directory.*
- Buhbye, 80 Gig. You've served me well.
- Yank out the old nVidia card, install the 7600 GT, and see if the Linux drivers work on this hardware combination when the Windows drivers wouldn't.
- If so... buhbye, 20 Gig. Buhbye, Windoze.
And if Ubuntu is up, running and stable at this stage...
*(Yes, it would be much simpler to have all three drives running at once, but I don't have any spare IDE connections... unless I yank out my old, half-functional, never-used CD-RW drive. And trying to figure out Master/Slave settings between THREE drives is scary.)