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Old 10-14-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
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best distro for older laptop


i will soon be accuiring a laptop with | 400Mghz cpu | 123mb ram | 6.4Gig HDD |
|cd-rom|

im a noob, and this laptob is going to be my "learning" box

but plz dont just throw me off the deep end, something with easy install would be great, anp plz a gui

thank you ever so much
--Mirak
 
Old 10-15-2004, 12:00 AM   #2
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Im also intrested in this cause Im getting a IBM Thinkpad 600E (An older one), Pent II with 366mhz,128mb ram, 6GB HDD and so on. So any help would be great!!!!!! Oh BTW my first laptop and I want LINUX on it
Wavz
 
Old 10-15-2004, 03:13 AM   #3
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I have a PII350 TowerPC, with Mandrake10.0. Very good. On my laptop (P.150MMX), Mandrake9.1 is OK.

Both have GUI, of course.

Yves.
 
Old 10-16-2004, 04:51 AM   #4
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slackware 9 works well on about 400mhz with 128+ ram

Installer is fairly straight forward.
 
Old 10-16-2004, 05:31 AM   #5
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Vector is quite good for older hardware, current version 4.3:

Requirements: http://www.vectorlinux.com/mod.php?m...=10&page_id=14
 
Old 10-18-2004, 09:24 PM   #6
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when it rains it pours!! Im still expecting my thinkpad 600E and blamo a friend hit me up with a free Gateway Solo 2300 . Now the only prob is that #1 it doesnt have a CD rom, and #2 Ive dowloaded the boot floppies from SuSE and they dont seem to fit on High Density 1.44 disks. I have the DSL line for the install but Im stuck one step away. I just need the boot floppies on a floppy and Im there.

This is the site I got the boot.img from

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/current/boot
Any help would be a big help,
Wavz
 
Old 10-18-2004, 11:01 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wavz
when it rains it pours!! Im still expecting my thinkpad 600E and blamo a friend hit me up with a free Gateway Solo 2300 . Now the only prob is that #1 it doesnt have a CD rom, and #2 Ive dowloaded the boot floppies from SuSE and they dont seem to fit on High Density 1.44 disks. I have the DSL line for the install but Im stuck one step away. I just need the boot floppies on a floppy and Im there.

This is the site I got the boot.img from

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/current/boot
Any help would be a big help,
Wavz

Hi there, I'm a noob too. Anyways, I was able to install DSL 0.8.2 on my old laptop's HD.
Maybe you should give it a try. Installation is fairly simply.
 
Old 10-18-2004, 11:18 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wavz
when it rains it pours!! Im still expecting my thinkpad 600E and blamo a friend hit me up with a free Gateway Solo 2300 . Now the only prob is that #1 it doesnt have a CD rom, and #2 Ive dowloaded the boot floppies from SuSE and they dont seem to fit on High Density 1.44 disks. I have the DSL line for the install but Im stuck one step away. I just need the boot floppies on a floppy and Im there.

This is the site I got the boot.img from

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/current/boot
Any help would be a big help,
Wavz
boot.iso is a cd file

you should grab boot1, boot2, and boot3

(A 3 floppy + install over network solution.)

Or,

maybe you should investigate an older version of Debian. I had great success installing (from floppy) debian on an old Toshiba Satellite CS105

(16MB of RAM, 540MB HD, 1.44 MB floppy drive, Pentium 75 machine with original math flaw bug.)

either way, everybody's karma seems to be pretty good here, being all flush with the freebie laptops...
 
Old 10-19-2004, 12:30 AM   #9
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Cool got em, Boot disk 1 2 & 3 with the modules disk 4 and it's installing as I write this. It even configured the PCMCIA Net Card i have in the laptop (How sweet is that?). So I would say in another hour I should have a linux laptop up and running. Woooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wavz
 
Old 10-19-2004, 01:50 AM   #10
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hey guys, i was in a similar situation about 6 months ago, i got an older laptop, and wanted to get my feet wet with linux, after trying different distros, i found knoppix.. the best part was that i can play around with it before installing it, since its a live cd....i wound up liking it so much, and it autoconfigured everything, even my wireless card, that i wound up doing a hard drive install of knoppix....i now use knoppix std, (and i love wardriving by the way) i would absolutely recomend knoppix 3.6 to get started..without a doubt, you'll love it.....by the way in the past few months i have really learned a lot with linux, and i wish you the same luck
 
Old 10-19-2004, 02:09 AM   #11
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There's a similar thread here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=243323

/TLV
 
Old 10-19-2004, 07:15 AM   #12
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My former laptop was a 366MHz Thinkpad 600E with 192MB RAM and a 6GB HDD (later upgraded to a 40GB 5400rpm Hitachi drive with 8MB cache - great performance upgrade and no problems). It worked very well for me except for the fact that the battery was completely dead. This is very common among 600 series Thinkpads and replacement batteries don't come cheap.

I ran Debian on it most of the time, with Gentoo thrown in later. Both worked really really well, but in order to install Linux I actually had to update to a current version of the BIOS since the original was buggy and would report bogus IDE info. A BIOS upgrade requires a working battery though. I didn't have that, but I managed to borrow one to complete the flash.


Håkan
 
Old 10-19-2004, 05:02 PM   #13
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I will keep that in mind Hakan when I get my Thinkpade 600e on Thursday. Do you remember the site where you got the BIOS flash file from?
Wavz
 
Old 10-19-2004, 06:58 PM   #14
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Yes, it was from IBM's official drivers download site.
If you search these forums for Thinkpad 600E you will find lots of discussions on this laptop, mainly about sound I think.


Håkan
 
Old 10-20-2004, 12:23 AM   #15
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SuSE up and running, but with some sound probs, Video Probs & wireless probs. The sound problem is that it does not recognize the sound card at all. The Video prob is that the screen size will not change from 600*800 and 16bit. And the wireless card is recognized but I cannot configure it. So does anyone think another distro will work better on my Gateway solo 2300???
Wavz
 
  


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