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How simple can an audio computer be?

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I've bought a Squeezebox Touch, Windows 7 installation disc and 9 different distro Linux installation discs. The Ubuntu flash drive I made seems to have an error and the operation of the operating system is unreliable with freezes and fickle booting. Hopefully these will be worthwhile investments for comparing sound quality. Next purchase is the S/PDIF card then the Enigma and DAK PSU.
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Okay, so got some Linux discs and a Windows 7 installation disc. Booted a Fedora disc and it seems to work fine; a similar distro to Ubuntu. Windows 7 is a different story however... The geniuses over at Micro$oft didn't think the user would need mouse/keyboard support in order to install the operating system?! Motherboard BIOS has legacy USB support and the devices are plugged into black USB 2.0 ports yet they don't work when I boot the W7 disc so I can't navigate any menus... *double facepalm moment*

Now I look into it, it seems to be quite a common problem. Ugh, looks like computers aren't going to be simple at all. Thank goodness I have that Squeezebox Touch coming whilst I try to solve such mundane problems.
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It turns out that modern MB chipsets and Intel processors beyond 6th Gen don't support the drivers for Windows 7. Wish I had known that before dropping £50 on an installation disc and product key. Even my mini-PC is 7th Gen so probably won't work with it.
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So it seems that the general rule for Windows is that new software can run on old hardware but old software can't run on new hardware, as Windows has dropped official driver support. This is assuming that the hardware is adequate enough to use the software. My dad's old Windows laptop which has been disused for several years can run Linux Ubuntu, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 10 Home on just a single core Celeron and 2GB of RAM. The performance is quite slow but it gets there eventually. That really surprised me with Windows 10, with only 2GB memory. I wasn't expecting it to run at all. Maybe it uses hardware resources more efficiently than 7?

Tried installing Windows 7 on my i5-7360U mini-PC but mouse and keyboard don't work in the installer, as expected. So next motherboard will be 6th Gen or before, so I have some legacy support.



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Just a thought but have you tried using a standalone installer whereby you can include the necessary drivers at the installation stage?


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I simply don't have the knowledge or know-how with computers to be able to modify the ISO image from my disc. Others online talk about installing W7 from a bootable USB drive with added drivers. I managed to put a clean install of W7 back into my Dad's laptop but the disc contains no network adapter drivers so I can't access the internet via wireless or ethernet and all my other motherboards lack the USB drivers so I'm a bit stuck at the moment. I tried to install some .exe files on W7 last night from USB drive hoping they would provide the drivers but it didn't work.
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Managed to find, download and install the Realtek drivers for LAN Ethernet controller and Wireless on the laptop. Progress.
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