R Pi / Linux headaches

Attempted to download the firmware for the Pis. Real hassle having to hook up directly to the router and cart everything up and down the stairs! Maybe i ought to prepare an ‘image’ myself and put it onto the PI’s SD cards manually?

Also trying to download & install windows 7 on the Dell 5100 (update from XP as MongoDB doesn’t run on XP), but so far the download via Dreamspark (students) has taken 1/2 a day and keeps crashing at 48% then failing on restart. Microsoft can’t seem to give their software away for free!

Gonna try installing Linux on the old dell now instead.

All this config stuff is really holding me back!