So a friend of mine dropped his Gateway laptop on the cement several months ago, and supposedly it has not been the same ever since. Consequently, he got a new laptop.
I asked him today if I could play with his old laptop, and he said I could, so here is what I got so far:
The laptop is a Gateway with a Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz processor (hyperthreaded). I don't know how much memory it has (I haven't checked yet). It has a 60 GB hard drive.
He threw away the power cord after he dropped the computer on the cement, and so right now I am running off of a borrowed power cord which has the appropriate voltage level but about half of the amperage.
I want to check the hard drive to see what condition it is in, but I am not sure if Linux has a chkdsk utility like Windows does. I am planning on installing Ubuntu on the thing, and I am actually running the live CD right now, and it is working great. Anyways, does Linux have some kind of chkdsk utility?