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greyowl

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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 15:23    Post subject:  old laptop and old user  

I have used XP exclusively so totally new to Linux, but I am considering switching if I can find a distro which is not too difficult to use
I need some advice on which puppy or other distro would be best to use on my old laptop with the following specs:
Dell Latitude D600
1.6 Ghz Pentium M processor
1 GB RAM
20 GB hard drive
SigmaTel C-Major Audio
Mobility Radeon 9000 video
CDRW/DVD
Dell True Mobile 1300 WLAN Mini-PCI Card Wireless

I use the computer for word processing, surfing internet, Flash video, scanning, printing, photos, pdf,

Thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 15:26    Post subject:  

Obviously directed to your other thread..

This make sense? You ask the terminal "which palemoon".

Yes, you'll need a second ROX window open to drag'n drop..

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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 15:43    Post subject:  

Semme wrote:
Obviously directed to your other thread..

This make sense? You ask the terminal "which palemoon".

Yes, you'll need a second ROX window open to drag'n drop..


Thanks for the reference.

Success-It worked.

Thanks so much for the help with this.

Now, back to the original question of this thread:

What distro is recommended for my old laptop?
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Eathray


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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 16:38    Post subject:  

Your specs aren't that bad...

I'd give Puppy Wary a try.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 16:56    Post subject:  

Wary won't run modern browsers IIRC.

Dell D600, hmm... wee bit out of date. Pentium M, 855PM chipset (too old even for i915, ugh). Not horrible, per se, but certainly a little older than what most folks are going to be running, even here. You can't run PAE on that system, it's not built right for that. (There are PAE-compatible Pentium M's, I hear -- I've never met one, though.)

PAE, just for the record, is Physical Address Extension. It's a feature that lets you use more than 3.25gb of RAM in a 32-bit OS. You remember all that racket about how WinXP can't handle more than three-and-a-quarter-or-so gigs of memory? Yeah, that's because it doesn't do PAE.

I'm going to cast my vote in for Precise 571 Retro. Runs great on old hardware. (No, really -- I've got it on a Pentium II laptop! That is seriously oldskool hardware as far as modern computing is concerned.) The regular version needs PAE compatibility so you have to use the Retro edition -- but it's worth it. It's compatible with most (about 90-95% of) Ubuntu Precise Pangolin packages (that's Ubuntu 12.04 if you like numbers).

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greyowl

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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 17:09    Post subject:  

Thanks for the information.

I am trying tahrpup from the CD now and it seems to work OK.

How would Precise 5.71 Retro be better?

I understand that actually the Pentium M will run pae, but it is not recognized as doing so. However, I did a forcepae on lubuntu live CD the other day and it worked.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 17:13    Post subject:  

I would expect Precise to be a little faster, although if TahrPup works, go with that. It's newer and somewhat significantly improved.

I've never met a Pentium M that would accept PAE, although I've never tried the 'forcepae' bit... very interesting to hear that. I had a Sony VAIO that was fairly similar inside to your Dell, but it's dead and gone now. That was my last Pentium M system... oh well...

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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 17:13    Post subject:  

I use 5.7 not retro and 5.28 not retro on my similar machine.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 17:40    Post subject:  

...and I'd be very interested to hear make&model of that system Wink
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 17:54    Post subject:  

Lenovo T41P
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 18:01    Post subject:  

Quote:
Mobility Radeon 9000 video

its not intel video so support for this instead to be considered.

lucid more than sufficiently supports my lenovo x60s so really you have a broad choice ...nothing mentioned seems to need anything cutting edge really though some versions will cause less heat....watch out for background scripts and make sure frequency scaling is working .

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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 18:27    Post subject:  

q4os seems to be getting a lot of mentions around the web for XP users switching over to Linux.
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 18:59    Post subject:  

starhawk wrote:
I'm going to cast my vote in for Precise 571 Retro. Runs great on old hardware.


+1 vote for Precise 571 Retro... the brilliant, un-sung hero of the Puppy world, IMHO. Running quite well (better than a stripped-down XP) here on an old 1.6 GHz/256 mb P4 Toshiba Satellite 2405 - and plenty of other boxes I've ran it on.

Tried Q4OS on the same Toshiba, but buggy/laggy (video "draw" issues, it seemed).

greyowl - how well did your liveCD test of Lubuntu go? Seems like that would be an excellent choice, as well (or one of it's variants, like LXLE).

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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 19:47    Post subject:  

Moat wrote:
starhawk wrote:
I'm going to cast my vote in for Precise 571 Retro. Runs great on old hardware.


+1 vote for Precise 571 Retro... the brilliant, un-sung hero of the Puppy world, IMHO. Running quite well (better than a stripped-down XP) here on an old 1.6 GHz/256 mb P4 Toshiba Satellite 2405 - and plenty of other boxes I've ran it on.

Tried Q4OS on the same Toshiba, but buggy/laggy (video "draw" issues, it seemed).

greyowl - how well did your liveCD test of Lubuntu go? Seems like that would be an excellent choice, as well (or one of it's variants, like LXLE).

Bob


I am using Lubuntu 14.04 Live CD now and it is working fine on ethernet cable. I don't know how to get the wireless to work. There does not appear to be a network wizzard to pick up the wireless networks in my vicinity. Or, is it not enabling my wireless hardware with drivers? I don't know.

I tried Tahrpup Puppy 6.0 from a Live CD and it works fine and automatically connects to ethernet and wireless. It actually showed all the wireless networks in the area. I really like the way that it connected so easy to wireless. I runs very fast but of course it is running from the RAM. If I actually installed it on the hard drive would it still run from the RAM?
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PostPosted: Sun 24 May 2015, 19:50    Post subject:  

I also tried the live CD of Xubuntu 14.04 and it worked similarly to Lubuntu-no wireless.
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