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For this laptop I would recommend one of the standard distros with Gnome or XFCE desktop, like Debian, Slackware or Xubuntu.
If you want to use a even faster distro I would recommend to have a look at Vector Linux, AntiX, Puppy, Tinycore or Slitaz.
Crunchbang is a good option for this machine. I would rather use the Openbox edition, but I think that is up to personal choice.
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Distribution: Fedora 18, Slackware64 13.37, Windows 7/8
I'm replying to this post on my 6 year old Acer Aspire 3000 (512 MB RAM) and I've got Fedora 14 installed on it. Its slow and it lags for sure but I'm generally satisfied with it. Of course WinXP is 10 years old and it runs much faster than almost all the linux distros I've installed on this machine, other than maybe the time I had Libranet with Fluxbox (or windowMaker) installed.
I personally love Gnome and just can't bring myself to use XFCE and because of that fact I'm willing to accept the reduced performance.
I have a few laptops even older than this one and most of those run MicroXP (or tinyXP), which is a hacker version of Windows XP that boots in like 3 seconds and is stripped down to 100 MB or so, installing nothing but the core OS.