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Old 06-23-2013, 08:21 PM   #16
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I would recommend Vector for a system with ram like that. It's based on Slackware and uses XFCE as its desktop. It uses the Gslapt package manager and has a large repo of available software.
Give it a try if the others don't work out for you.
 
Old 06-23-2013, 08:23 PM   #17
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I would recommend Vector for a system with ram like that. It's based on Slackware and uses XFCE as its desktop. It uses the Gslapt package manager and has a large repo of available software.
Give it a try if the others don't work out for you.
Thanks
 
Old 06-23-2013, 08:35 PM   #18
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Make sure to download standard not SOHO.
Standard is their regular release with XFCE, SOHO is small office home office with full blown KDE4.
 
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:12 PM   #19
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RE: What Distribution for a 2006 HP Pavilion Desktop

I have hp (Pavillion a600n) and hp-compaq (dx2250M) PCs built around the same time. I used Ubuntu 12.04 LTS exclusively. The 64-bit machines get the 64-bit version of the OS. Right now I am using the dx2250M to make this post. It has 2 GB RAM (maximum) and the video capabilities are low by today's standards. It runs YouTube 1080 HD videos just fine.

John
 
Old 06-27-2013, 05:58 PM   #20
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John VV:


Do I have to add this to the grub.config like this man did in this thread?
As proposed, I added vga=791 into the grub.conf file
http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/...32303&forum=56

I'll keep looking because I think he wants CentOS installed this evening.
Ok; pretty sure it's this:
Code:
nvidia-graphics 173.14.37-173.14.37-117.e16.x86 64.rpm
http://pkgs.org/search/?keyword=173.14.37
http://pkgs.org/centos-6-rhel-6/atrp...86_64.rpm.html

I'll follow these instructions unless you advise me otherwise-
Code:
    Download the latest atrpms-repo rpm from

    http://dl.atrpms.net/el6-x86_64/atrpms/stable/

    Install atrpms-repo rpm:

    # rpm -Uvh atrpms-repo*rpm

    Install nvidia-graphics173.14.37 rpm package:

    # yum install nvidia-graphics173.14.37
Hope it's the right instructions--
Be back after the installation.
 
Old 06-27-2013, 06:37 PM   #21
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for ease and a LOT LESS WORK

i would use the "kmod-nvidia173 " in the base cent repo

that is already configured for the operating system

Code:
su -
yum search nvidia
will output a list of what is available

you should not need to add the vga setting to the boot line unless you DO want a very lo res boot and login screen
or it is a very old CRT vacuum tube screen
 
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:00 PM   #22
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Got it I will go to the Centos Repo for that driver,

At his house now trying the live DVD/CD -

Trying to decide if I should use Parted Magic or hope that the live DVD/CD will allow me to shrink his Win's XP Pro partition.

The CRT/monitor; BTW, is an old one that resembles a television.
 
Old 06-28-2013, 12:35 AM   #23
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The CentOS Live 6.4 DVD/CD booted up no problem.

After waiting for about 15 min's the mouse pointer never appeared on the DE.
Any keyboard typing was unresponsive. I tried several keyboard shortcuts and the keyboard didn't light up.

Why might this be happening; John?

Is there something I could try to make the mouse and keyboard work
after the CentOS Live CD boots?
 
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Is the keyboard and mouse not being recognized because they are that old?
 
Old 07-05-2013, 02:39 AM   #25
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is this what you have on the CD
"CentOS-6.4-x86_64-LiveCD.iso " it is 702 meg image ( yes it will fit on a 700 meg CD - do to changes in names for Mb and Mib )
or
"CentOS-6.4-i386-LiveCD.iso " it is a 692 meg image

or the dvd
-- 32 bit
CentOS-6.4-i386-LiveDVD.iso -- 1.7 gig
-- 64 bit
CentOS-6.4-x86_64-LiveDVD.iso -- 1.7 gig


the CD's are only about 700meg so there is not much on it , and not a lot of hardware support

for installing the live images do have the ability to install to the harddrive
( but the mouse and keyboard are needed )


the 3.5 gig
"CentOS-6.4-i386-bin-DVD1.iso" is the regular install image
the DVD 2 is not needed 99.999% of the time - it has the source files on it

a good page on installing cent -- but just the basics
http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/...out_Installing



as to the mouse and keyboard
i have 6.4 running on a 12 year old box
using the original serial keyboard and mouse ( they were in storage - i used to use a wireless keyboard and mouse for years )

Are yours serial ( round light green and light purple plugs ) or usb1 or usb2
 
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:36 AM   #26
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CentOS-6.4-x86_64-LiveCD.iso is exactly what I have on a DVD/CD-

If I can't get the Live CD to run and the mouse and keyboard to be recognized than I obvisously
won't be able to install this distribution for my friend. I'll give it another go

He has the serial 'light green' plugs on the older mouse and keyboard.

Shame I don't have another keyboard and mouse laying around:-

Thank You for the tutorial at techotopia.

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Old 07-05-2013, 04:00 AM   #27
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use the live dvd
or the install 3.5 gig dvd

live cd's do not have much hardware support
 
Old 07-05-2013, 05:10 AM   #28
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use the live dvd
or the install 3.5 gig dvd

live cd's do not have much hardware support
I'll try the 3.5 GB in the afternoon.

BTW I found a 5.41 GB of CentOS here:
http://linuxtracker.org/index.php?pa...133214e5b5a6d4
 
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Brought my friends computer to my house to dis-essemble the entire desktop.

He wants to compleatly purchase a new mobo, processor, power supply, graphics card....the whole nine yards.

I suggested a AMD processor and a Radeon graphics card because I wasn't 100% certain that Nvidia Optimus and the bumblebee-project: bumblebee 3.2.1 would work successfully- I have spoken to others that sware by Nvidia but I don't want to run the risk of helping a friend and only later to find that he becomes irritated with my cousel and the performace of the new system he is building.

It's an old HP Tower 1/2 the size of most of the towers that are on the market now-

Not sure if a Gigabyte or Asus mobo is what I should suggest.
Not sure what wireless NIC to suggest either-

Any suggestions are welcome for a new build.
Thanks in advance
 
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on a desktop Optimus should not be an issue .Unless you are putting a laptop "chip" on the mobo and not using a full 3d card

if you are using a laptop chip then go with AMD/ATI

In my opinion the Nouveau driver dose not work
i have two machines with two very different nvidia cards and they over heat because the nouveau driver dose not turn on the fan

Now the nvidia.run driver , i have not had any issues with that .
 
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