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Okay, tthree and a half items to report.

1. Firefox just updated to version 68.0
2. Malwarebytes just updated to a new version, meaning you get 14 days of premium protection free in the trial version.
3. Windows 7 had 2 important and one optional updates for this month that became available in the last week.
3b. I haven't checked Windows Update in 10 yet.
 
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Downloaded the new version of Malwarebytes. It found eight bad files including two trojans that were waiting to infect.

Thanks for the tip. I usually run the latest versions of the virus software, but I have been lax for a few weeks.
 

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Firefox 68.0.1 is out now, if you aren't updated automatically click Help then About and the update button should appear in that window.
 

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I was given a 32-bit Compaq with a BIOS dated 2008 to fiddle with or use the parts.

The hard drive has VISTA, a piece of work with two user accounts, not exactly a masterpiece of programs on that thing, it had PC2-6400U (800 MHz) 2GB DIMMS. two of them and an ~250GB hard drive and what is probably a modem card for v.90 or v.92, tiny things they are nowadays as I remember when it took a board the entire length of the slot for something as mundane as a Conextant.

I haven't looked at the model or what board it uses but the CPU is AMD Athlon 2.7GHz, single core and it runs but it's getting silly to install 32-bit Linux anymore I hear. I was going to try taking the power supply and seeing if my MPC Clientpro 385, Core2 Duo 1.87 GHz would start again BUT!

20 pin power supply! On a 2008 PC? Holy Crap Batman, the MPC is older (MPC folded in 2008) and has an Intel E6300! So it's twin was slagged when the power supply caught fire...OOPS, looked agin, it's 20+4.

What were they thinking at HP? I don't know why a board would use a 20 pin PS in 2008. I do have other 20 pin supplies though I'll try to get the MPC back up and if I do I'll work on that Compaq for something else and if not the Compaq goes back together with Mint.

I think that it would take a lot work to clean up that Vista installation and it acts like trying to update antivirus is herpes itself anyway. Like I said, a Piece Of Work. I'm about certain that the forces of Darkness won years ago when I see some old installations.

If you recall SANDY, her southbridge was blown up by Nazis at Remagen or something, it kept overheating and shutting the computer down. This leaves two more PCs to check/fix or chuck,k the MPC and Dell Vostro 410 #2 before I'm done fiddling for a while. I have six running anyhow.

Two Dell XPS 420s, Endora (Win 10) and Samantha (7) at 4 GB RAM each. These things are basically much like the Dimension 3100/E310 in case and board layout but they take 667-up RAM without the temperament problems. Samantha lacks a card reader. the ones I have don't seem to fit well. this is the model that has the tiny screen on the top that tells you what the problems are in addition to the four BIOS sequence LEDs or there is a little game. There is also a huge vent on top, maybe 4x6" so you really can't place anythng over that like on other cases.You could put a monitor with a small heavy base on the latch at the back perhaps. It runs really cool but I wouldn't obstruct it even partially.

Alison as always, Win 7 and 8 GB.Emily, the sickly Dimension was retired and stripped. RIP.

Phoebe, Dell Vostro 410 #1, 32 bit Windows 7. Intel E7200 dual core (Core2 Duo), 1.87 GHz. Phoebe is well adjusted and happy right now.

Wylla, HP Media Center m7690y, was originally XP now 7. It wasn't easy for this one. A friend installed Windows 7 for me though. IIRC Windows Media Player is a mess on this one, would love to be able to fix that.

Mandi, an Asus board with Windows 10 in a Thermaltake case with no door. 4GB I'd have to connect a monitor up, it's been offline for a few daze working on the others. the video is standard VGA with optional HDMI at the least onboard.

But I haven't messed with that. I have a HUD inspection the 30th to deal with first. An exterminator came yesterday and set up traps so I'm hoping just a little bit. Those stupid things are nothing but fur, crap and some ability to breed quickly. But I've never seenh anything like this in my life, and I've rented for 36 years. INSANE.

BTW The Compaq is a Presario something 5000.
 

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I spent the entire night and finally got the MPC Clientpro 385 going again!

I had a 20+4 pin power supply from that Compaq Presario I took apart and I had to use sctoch trape to get the two parts f the plug tostay together and then I removed the tape.

It takes forever to get the SATA cables in the hard drives and then...

The power switch was flashing red...oh WAIT, I didn't connect the PS/2 power! D'oh!

NOW it works and it was getting updates...I'm sure that Mint 19.3 or 4 is out by now though.

Only the Compaq to rebuild and the second Dell Vostro 410 to try out once the replacement CPU is in properly. If it doesn't work it's only $4 as it was a pull from a working machine. That would be everything I have if to fix done if that works.I think NINE in all.
PC ORPHANAGE!
 

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Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" was released on August 2nd. If you are running 19.1 "Tessa" you can directly upgrade once 19.1 is fully updated, which may require downloading additional updates in Update Manager (the shield icon in the bottom right corner on the taskbar until it appears in the Edit menu at the top of Update Manager. There may be further updates after you have successfully upgraded.that.

See blog.linuxmint.com for further details and also with the new Timeshift feature in 19.1 you can make a snapshot of the installation files before upgrading, in case something goes wrong, and you can go back to a previous snapshot if anything should mess up during an update or upgrade (similar to what Windows System Restore does).

As the old Palmolive ads used to say, "You're soaking in it".

Now on to that Presario.
 
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