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Old 10-16-2012, 09:56 PM   #16
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Could I use the gnome or kde versions and how do you like it?
There is a tool called a "Live CD" you can use to test drive Debian Xfce, Gnome, or KDE on your computer:

http://www.debian.org/CD/live/

As I mentioned in posts #2 and #12, your computer exceeds the minimum requirements to run Debian.
 
Old 10-16-2012, 09:56 PM   #17
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960MB of RAM is an usual amount of RAM, so I assume that you have 1024MB, but 64MB of it are used by an onboard videocard.
Depending on the type of the videocard you may have problems running Gnome 3, maybe you would also have to disable some effects in KDE.
Gnome 2/MATE should run fine on such a machine, so Debian or Linux Mint Mate would be a good choice.
If you want something faster you could still try the XFCE or LXDE desktops, they should fly on such a machine.
 
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I've made tons of live cds. Anyway thanks for all your help and a earth welcome.
 
Old 10-16-2012, 10:28 PM   #19
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I've made tons of live cds. Anyway thanks for all your help and a earth welcome.
Did the Live CD's work? What's the verdict?
 
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Not sure yet. Now that i know my system i can make a befter decision
 
Old 10-17-2012, 01:27 AM   #21
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Pretty lightweight 64bit release

I am running AntiX 64bit Testing which is a base Iso install. It flies on this IBM m57 desktop.

http://antix.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3943

Code:
$ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: bikertest Kernel: 3.6.0-antix.1-amd64-smp x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.7.2) 
           Desktop: Fluxbox 1.3.2 Distro: antiX-base-maintenance-amd64 Edelwei▀piraten 06 October 2012
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 6075BHU version: ThinkCentre M57
           Mobo: LENOVO model: LENOVO Bios: LENOVO version: 2RKT41AUS date: 03/20/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2160 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 7181.92 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1200.00 MHz 2: 1200.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 82Q35 Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 
           X.Org: 1.12.3.902 drivers: vesa,intel (unloaded: fbdev) Resolution: 1280x1024@0.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: N/A GLX Version: N/A Direct Rendering: N/A
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.25
Network:   Card-1: Ralink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI driver: rt61pci ver: 2.3.0 bus-ID: 11:0c.0
           IF: wlan0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e ver: 2.0.0-k port: 1820 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 80.0GB (-) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST380815AS size: 80.0GB 
Partition: ID: / size: 11G used: 1.6G (16%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 3.27GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 85 Uptime: 3:42 Memory: 359.6/1982.1MB Runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 4.7.1 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.19
Pretty lightweight and

Code:
$ inxi -r
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list
           deb http://www.daveserver.info/antiX/debs testing base main
           deb http://debs.slavino.sk testing main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
           deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
           deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
runs fluxbox wm and is getting updated to final release eventually. Flash works out of the box full screen and I am listening to streaming radio in xmms. Everything opens instantly on here. Inxi shows ram usage while posting with multiple tabs open in Iceweasel with conky and xmms running. Not too bad.
 
Old 10-17-2012, 02:28 AM   #22
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Well from the looks if it its a dual core cpu because it provides two clock speeds of about 2.66ghz and my ram is at 960 mb
Dont make that assumption. It could be a 'hyperthreaded' Pentium 4 (with 960MB/1024MB RAM, I'd guess it is a P4). Hyperthreading makes 1 core appear to be 2 to the OS. Recent versions (like on the newish iX series) of hyperthreading are OK, the older versions in P4s could make things slower.

There are a few free, simple windows tools that will show you the hardware you are running, e.g. belarc advisor, CPU-Z, sandra.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
 
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Thanks guys!
 
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Has anyone tried Puppy lInux? I have and I'm kinda leaning toward that.
 
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Puppy should run fine on your system. Just keep in mind that it has an unusual approach that is not common in the Linux/Unix world: The user is always root.
My personal opinion about that: Fine for a rescue system, but I wouldn't run something like that for everyday use. I would rather go for Slitaz or Tincore for that, they are proper multi-user systems that run from RAM.
 
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I'm looking to do a memory upgrade soon. What type of memory would a old desktop use ddr1? With more ram i could use pinguy which is my favorite but it runs slow now
 
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Search for your specific computer model on a site like crucial.com and they will recommend the correct RAM.

I tried Puppy once but was not a fan of the always-root policy.
 
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I'm looking to do a memory upgrade soon. What type of memory would a old desktop use ddr1? With more ram i could use pinguy which is my favorite but it runs slow now
It depends. Assuming this is a Pentium 4 or a Pentium D, which is very likely, it may be possible that this is either a Socket 478 system, which would need DDR1, or a Socket 774 system, which would need DDR2 RAM. It should be easy to find out which RAM you use with the program lshw on Linux or programs like AIDA32 or Sandra on Windows. Or just look into the case and search for the motherboard model.
 
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I used the crucial.com scanner it says i can use ddr pc 2700 and ddr pc3200 what does that mean?
 
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That means you need DDR1 RAM, PC2700 will run with 166MHz (333 effective), PC3200 will run with 200MHz (400MHz effective).
The slowest RAM in the system will determine the speed for all other RAMs. So if you have the choice go for PC3200.
Keep in mind that it may be unreasonable to spend much money on such old systems, you will get faster machines relatively cheap.
 
  


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