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Old 04-30-2006, 01:24 PM   #1
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Exclamation Compaq LTE running windows 98 wont boot, should i use linux?

I have never used linux before and i was wondering if there is a linux close enough to windows that i could use, for a Compaq LTE 5300 (a pretty slow laptop)

[added]there is only one drive slot aswell, so i cant switch between CDrom and Flopy

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Old 04-30-2006, 04:29 PM   #2
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You're right, that's a pretty low spec laptop (by todays standards), but certainly not so low it couldn't run Win98.

What exactly is the problem? You installed Win98 but it won't boot? Or you simply can't install it? If it's the latter, perhaps this can help.

Before you move into an unfamiliar Linux territory, I would check this first if I were you- you may still be able to use Win98:

Check your BIOS menu to see if it's set to boot from CD. If it isn't, turn that option on.

the BIOS menu is usually accessed by hitting a specific key at startup (usually you are told what this is in some way). Common keys are ESC, DEL, or a function key (I've seen F2 used). If in doubt, turn it on and start hammering all possible buttons straight away until it works because not all will tell you what key it is, and trial-error is a pain. Look for something like "Boot options" or "Boot order", and try to figure what it's telling you (different BIOSes present this in different ways so I can't really be more helpful I'm afraid). If it is a priority list, put CD at the top.

Then try again.

Good luck
Old 04-30-2006, 05:00 PM   #3
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why not use linux. I would try vector linux or damnsmallLinux or slackware. All do fairly well on lower end computers
Old 04-30-2006, 05:07 PM   #4
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Yes, but I wouldn't call any of those distros particularly "windows like", which seems to be the main point of the thread starter's post. Of course, you can configure a desktop to look and act like windows, but that does take time, and can be varyingly difficult depending on the DE/WM in question and the degree of customisation needed.

IIRC, Vector is fairly easy to install, as is Slackware (If you have the idea of what you want and so forth), and DSL is mostly a LiveCD. However, none are really very Windows like when actually run. Also, consider that they may not all install on a laptop- especially an old low end one.

All are worth a try of course, if it turns out that way, in which case perhaps Xubuntu (Ubuntu with XFCE) might also be worth a look- XFCE is fairly light, and Ubuntu is generally considered pretty easy to use.

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