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racepres


Joined: 16 Jan 2009
Posts: 531
Location: Central Michigan, US

PostPosted: Sat 22 May 2010, 10:41    Post subject:  

Just acquired a Gateway solo 9100. PII 233, 256M RAM, No HDD.
Frugal installed [my first time] 214X.RC5, onto usb stick, Works really well!!, Haven't found anything non-functional yet, but, I cheat, using old orinoco pcmcia wireless card, for net. Just wish that this usb stick would let me put a swap onto it... probably will,I just can't do it... Yet.
This 214X thing is the Berries!!!
RP
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maddnessaxon

Joined: 25 May 2010
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Tue 25 May 2010, 02:50    Post subject:    

I just recently acquired a Compac Presario C700 that has no working hard drive, and about the same time I had to turn of my internet and use the apartment one, to save some money. I knew the laptop had an atheros wireless, which has in the past caused problems, but when I stuck Puppy 4.3.1. on a dvd in, everything has just worked ever since. Found an old 2g USB stick that still works, reformatted it to superdisk, and now I have the laptop booting from the USB.

This has let me use a free computer to access free internet (well, I DO pay rent,) with a free OS. Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and just when I needed it most.

Fan for life. Very Happy
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Gurglin

Joined: 13 Nov 2008
Posts: 63

PostPosted: Tue 25 May 2010, 06:07    Post subject: Compaq Presario 14XL250  

This thread is a great idea. At your list you can add my Compaq Presario 14XL250, bought in year 2000. It has a Celeron 600MHz chip, 184M RAM + 8 RAM for the Video (64 original + 128 added), Trident Cyberblade video card, Chipset VIA PLE133.

On the internet it is possible to find some specs and some general workarounds with Linux, especially for avoiding problems with the monitor, that must be configured manually: vga=792, SVGA 1024x768 @ 70 Hz ; 50-70 Hz.

In other words, at boot when getting the Puppy Video Wizard screen choose Xorg, then at "monitor type" choose option C (h31.5-48-5v50-70 LCD Panel 1024x768) and then at "select video mode" choose either 1024x768x16 or 1024x768x24. Easy!

All Puppy OS installed so far (latest kernel of series 2.x, 3.x and 4.x) where almost perfect, but with some unsolved problems: the usage of the S-video plug and the installation of packages... and sometimes installed packages do not work (?!?!?).

I could not boot LuPu 5.0.0, but things might have improved with LuPu 5.0.1

One last thing: for turning it off and shut down it is necessary to add acpi=force at bootload grub string
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maxpro4u


Joined: 19 Jun 2010
Posts: 290
Location: Rittman,Ohio,USA, In dog years,I'm dead

PostPosted: Thu 22 Jul 2010, 22:44    Post subject:
Subject description: Compaq Armada 1700
 

Compaq Armada 1700 running 4.3.1 here. Frugal install on 2nd partition dual-boot with w2k. Seems to work fine-it is a PII with 160mb ram. I wrote a post about it here http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=57419 I wonder if one of the earlier versions would run better. I mainly just use Opera for most things imap mail/browser/rss/newsgroups although I have installed firefox 3.6, thunderbird and did upgrade seamonkey. Will the latest opera 10.6 run on the older puppies?
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CoffeeBreak

Joined: 23 Jul 2010
Posts: 8
Location: New Zealand

PostPosted: Fri 23 Jul 2010, 03:41    Post subject:  

Hi,
I recently picked up a very cheap Toshiba 3490ct, it probably dates from about 2005. I now have a happy turbopup xtreme running on it with pcmcia wireless. My two biggest hurdles were not having a CD drive (it's too small) and not being able to boot from USB (it's too old). My solution was to pull out the hard drive, put it into a usb enclosure and do a hard install via another computer. Once I had one install (plus Grub) I reinstalled and it booted up first go. With usb up and running I've been able to load lots of different pups to try them out by dropping in the Initrd and Vmlinuz files and pointign grub to them. (I even tried kubuntu but it was asking too much of 128mb ram). My final choice is Turbopup xtreme which goes as well as I need to do text editing and surf the web. Everything I've tried seems to work straight out of the box.
Just for the record I almost threw out my ASUS wireless card because it only loaded when it felt like it and would drop my connection after an hour even when it did go then I saw a post here about using "pci=noacpi" (I'd already got "acpi=force" to get make the lappie poweroff with shutdown) and with that configuration it's loaded and held every time ever since. I'd love to say that was my skill but really I just tried it and got lucky.
BTW thanks to all the smart folks here, for me Puppy isn't an ideological alternative, it's the practical solution for resurrecting functional hardware that other software has left behind.
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mrreality13

Joined: 03 Oct 2008
Posts: 95
Location: arlington texas

PostPosted: Sun 25 Jul 2010, 05:08    Post subject:  

hi all,
Toshiba satellite 2535cds running pup214.xrc5
p1@300 mhz mmx
96 megs ram(32+64)
60 gig hd
cd rom/1-1.1 usb/floppy
tried many many distros and only puppy runs otb on this oldie
tried over 20 puppy's on it and tuxxx's classic 214 runs awesome
some of the 4.0 based ones worked ok but they always had sound issues
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mrreality13

Joined: 03 Oct 2008
Posts: 95
Location: arlington texas

PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 22:50    Post subject:  

Woot scored a hell of a deal at a local thrift store

dell latitude d600
p3@750 mhz
384 ram(will prolly up this to 512 when i can)
10 gig hd-swaping in the 60 from my Toshiba satellite 2535cds
cdrom/1-2.0 usb
came with a dell usb wifi 1450 adapter-a/b/g

battery seems to run about a 1 hr running a video
just finished installing 5.1 runs great

it also has an s-vid out im a try to mess with

all for $45.00 usd
(plus grabbed an external usb cd drive for 5 bucks more can always use 1 of them)

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stalane

Joined: 05 Aug 2010
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Thu 05 Aug 2010, 02:42    Post subject: Compaq Core 2 Duo T7500
Subject description: Compaq Core 2 Duo T7500 @ 2.2ghz
 

Quriky 1.2 on a broken Compaq Core 2 Duo T7500 @ 2.2Ghx
2 Gig Ram
160 Gig HD
Full Install

(Originally VISTA Basic)



The CPU fan is dead since someone dropped this machine before I inherited it. So I have to run it full time on a laptop fan stand thingy. After unzipping a big file or playing multimedia I get a temperature warning...

So I then move the fan directly under the CPU. The result is off balance so I MUST use a very cold, large Bintang Beer as a counterweight.

Works Perfectly!

Moral support in the background is Oke and she says "Hi"

Very Happy
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Béèm


Joined: 21 Nov 2006
Posts: 11782
Location: Brussels IBM Thinkpad R40, 256MB, 20GB, WiFi ipw2100. Frugal Lin'N'Win

PostPosted: Thu 05 Aug 2010, 08:24    Post subject: Re: Compaq Core 2 Duo T7500
Subject description: Compaq Core 2 Duo T7500 @ 2.2ghz
 

stalane wrote:
Quriky 1.2 on a broken Compaq Core 2 Duo T7500 @ 2.2Ghx
2 Gig Ram
160 Gig HD
Full Install

(Originally VISTA Basic)


The CPU fan is dead since someone dropped this machine before I inherited it. So I have to run it full time on a laptop fan stand thingy. After unzipping a big file or playing multimedia I get a temperature warning...

So I then move the fan directly under the CPU. The result is off balance so I MUST use a very cold, large Bintang Beer as a counterweight.

Works Perfectly!

Moral support in the background is Oke and she says "Hi"

Very Happy
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Could you re-size your picture to max 600 wide and edit your post to use this re-sized picture.

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ken geometrics

Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 76
Location: California

PostPosted: Thu 05 Aug 2010, 09:45    Post subject:  

davesurrey wrote:
1. Advent 9315 (also known as Advent [b]3.
...
[b]
Asus eee 701 netbook.

upgraded to 2GB ram
4GB SSD
Tried everything but best was Puppy Dingo Plus .
Not used any more.


I still use mine. I take my eepc with puppy 431 with me when
I travel.

I use the eepc to (slowly) bring up open office and edit documents etc.

I have 2 Keyspan USB to RS-232 converters that work just fine with it letting me do RS-232 serial with something that almost fits in my pocket.

I have a nearly identical system on an IBM Thinkpad. On the thinkpad, I made a small partition and did a full install into it. grub gives me the choice of using the puppy-431 or suffering through the XP it cam with.

Not a laptop but: I also have the same system set up on my home desk top. That is what I am using now. All three machines look the same to me. No relearning when I change machines.
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Dave_B

Joined: 02 Aug 2010
Posts: 36
Location: Idaho, USA

PostPosted: Thu 05 Aug 2010, 19:22    Post subject:  

I'm running a full disk install of Puppy 5.01 (upgraded recently from 4.31) on an HP 500 Omnibook.
The laptop has a 750Mhz P3, 512M of ram and a 20 Gb hard drive.

I am connected to the internet via the onboard wireless and surfing is fine with Opera. Videos are jerky with the other browsers.

I have 3 other Linux distros on other machines, but I prefer to use this Puppy powered dinosaur.

Dave
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Sanity Clause

Joined: 06 Aug 2010
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Fri 06 Aug 2010, 21:50    Post subject:  

I'm running Lucid in a nearly dead Compaq Presario 2500; 256 M ram and a 80G HD thats died. Bought it 2003 and have fought it ever since.

Running the onboard 10/100 nic and have had no problems running Firefox or Puppy's browser.

So far everything in Lucid is working well and I would sing its praises to the world!

Having said that, can I have a newer laptop for Christmas, pleeeeeze?
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agoodegg

Joined: 22 Aug 2010
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Sun 22 Aug 2010, 10:19    Post subject: Puppy on laptop  

I'm running pup501 from a USB stick

on an ACER Aspire 1642WLMi that has windows xp(he) and pclinuxos .

I had a bit of trouble gating the WIFI to work,
but it now works as you can see javascript:emoticon('Exclamation')

regards all Egg
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steve_s


Joined: 26 May 2008
Posts: 1545
Location: Austin, TX, USA

PostPosted: Sun 22 Aug 2010, 13:17    Post subject:  

Latest work: KDPup lite from forum member dejan555, booting from a livecd and using an external usb flash drive that has a save file and needed sfs files.

No internal hard drive at all.

HP Pavilion N5470.

Took wireless card out of another laptop and put it in here...that was fun (not!).

Sound card needs to be started every time, so wrote a script that does it at startup...here it is for future reference:
Code:

#!/bin/bash
/etc/init.d/alsa stop
modprobe snd-maestro3
/etc/init.d/alsa start


If the version of Puppy you are using doesn't have /root/Startup/ and you want to run something at startup put it in /etc/init.d/ folder.

Won't power off: just had to apply this because this version of puppy wouldn't turn off, just shut down system but not turn off. This fixed that.

Also, using the livecd per this version would always ask me to take out the livecd and hit enter. I asked dejan what to do and he sayed to comment out this part of /etc/rc.d/rc.shutdown and now it doesn't ask me that anymore:
Code:

# eject all
if [ "$DETECTEDCDS" ]; then
  echo -n "Ejecting CD's..." >/dev/console
  for ONEDRV in $DETECTEDCDS; do
   if eject /dev/$ONEDRV ;then
      echo -n "Remove the medium, then press [Enter]: " >/dev/console
      read REP
      eject -t /dev/$ONEDRV
   fi
  done
fi
#the end#



Other than an occasionally twitchy mouse-finger pad, this laptop looks and runs great.
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benny7440


Joined: 20 Apr 2009
Posts: 416

PostPosted: Sun 22 Aug 2010, 13:48    Post subject: I've Ubuntu somewhere but I prefer Puppy Linux; shhhh
Subject description: I'm actually running PL 431 from a no-hdd VAIO (VGN-AR250G0) with...
 

...a live cd. Thanks to the fact it has 528MB of RAM it runs very ok.
Before having this notebook I was using an old laptop (eBuddy from Earthwalk with just 128MB of RAM with a frugal PL 421 installation & it was behaving very well, too).
Now, I don't know if this's the right place to put this but I'm having a new problem with PL 431. I wanted & tried to install it in an SD Card (128MB - TransFlash) in order to stop booting up with the live cd all the time &, more important than that, to make some configurations persistent: i.e. Bookmarks, Internet Connections Configuratrions, some docs, etc..
As far as I can tell all the necessary files are installed but this notebook refuses to boot, it does the same thing with a DSL in a flash drive that's working in other machines (eBuddy). I already checked that the BIOS is configurable to permit a usb boot. I've a little interface from Motorola to put in the SD Card & connect to a computer via a usb port: tried that to with the same result (I mean to boot via usb & not to install when it's in the said interface).
I noticed that the PET installer gives some alternatives but I think I exhausted the relevant ones except for the least recommended one because I'm digging for some extra info before I do commit myself with the last alternative.
Keep developing one of the best OS available to all in the space required by WIN98 twelve years ago: REMARKABLE!
Note: People that I tell this & other things concerning Puppy Linux make me promise to show them because they don't beleive it.
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