I stopped by INFOX this morning and Alex helped diagnose the problem with the XP PC. It was the hard drive. It was so simple, I should have already figured it out, but sometimes it just takes another set of eyes.
When I built the XP PC I had all my data on an IBM 40 gig drive. I put a new 80 gig drive in the PC for its primary drive and put the 40 gig drive for the secondary drive. It was the secondary drive that died.
Fixing the problem was as simple as removing the second drive. As soon as I get the scanner working on UBUNTU I am now going to install UBUNTU on the other PC and have all PCs running Linux and be completely moved off Windows.
I feel like I really made progress today and best of all the fix was as inexpensive as it can get.
As an update on my progress with Linux, I keep learning more each day. I am not as proficient with Linux, but I haven’t found anything I could do on XP that I can’t do with Linux. Of course I am not dependent on any Window’s applications. I can do all my word processing, spreadsheet, email, photo management, and blogging using Linux applications.