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jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 13 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ah - same as mine then.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

fixing poorly pooters and recipies for lice in the same thread is a first even for ds

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Dont have any advice re the IT problems, but TOTALLY sympathise re child...........
.......glad you had a rant......by the sounds of it, wont be your last regarding this scenario.

You have my complete and total understanding.

MarkS



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nuke it from space.



Sounds like this machine is totally compromised - it will be quicker and easier to reinstall from scratch.

Boot from your ubuntu stick and backup the data files he needs, then nuke it.

toggle



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've considered the option of an ubuntu install. be a good learning exercise for him. but in practical terms the machine is of far more use with MS office installed. which means fixing the current install. at the very least enough to get the XP key. whatever open office may claim, it isn't compatable.

actualy, i'm sure someone told me ages ago vista keys work with xp. I do have the documentation of my last machine that was vista. prob have the key with that. it's just a damn nuisance the disks i had from when i was running xp are defunct

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

check out Libre Office 4, see if it meets the bill.

or Apache Open Office

The little sweetie can do you, his classmates and the rest of us a big favour by doing a compare and contrast with MS Office.

toggle



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i know libreoffice has the same issues.

they are absolutely fine for simple text, but do anything more complex than that and the formatting all goes to hell.

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

allegedly, you can install MS Office in Ubuntu using "WINE":

https://www.liberiangeek.net/2012/06/how-to-install-microsoft-office-suite-2010-in-ubuntu-12-04-using-wine-1-5/

toggle



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ohhhhhhhh.

interesting

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

toggle wrote:
ohhhhhhhh.

interesting
suspect that it might rival sweet little boys for sheer frustration, but surely a little more productive than lurking round here

toggle



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


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