dstiles - 9:25 pm on Aug 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
My brother stripped the machine and loaded Windows to wipe the disk, then re-installed Lucid.
I asked him to try gnash before installing flash - that failed and now so has flash. I'll go and kick the machine about in a week or so but still very puzzling.
I really need to have the machine on my own desk to fiddle with in my spare time (HA!) but alas, no transport.
A warning re: installing ubuntu (and probably other OS's: He uses a screen/keyboard/mouse switch so he only needs one set of these on his desk. You cannot install (at least) ubuntu using this hardware. Obvious when you think about it: the OS needs very simple interaction with the keyboard during installation.
I have considered this hardware as being a factor in the flash fiasco but a) it used to work and b) it seems very unlikely.