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Old 02-27-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Hello to all, well since this is my first post i would like to explain my issue with ubuntu.
i have a 2001 compaq evo n600c, i tried installing ubuntu 12.10 and no matter what i did nothing worked, i tried all the different setting, nomodset and all those, tried installing it from the live install and it would start to install but never finish.
so i went to debian 6.0.7, i honestly didnt think debian would work either with it being a bigger system, i was wrong. i put the cd in that i burned from the debian.org site, and it worked like cookies and milk. i was so excited,
so i guess my question is, why wont ubuntu 12.10 work? my guess would be that its resource ungry and my hardware cant handle it, i mean its still got the 30gb hard drive and 512mb ram, yea im cheap, but, im the type of guy where, if it aint broke then break it and make it better.
so i say all that to say this, i learned alot and i still have a headache from staying up all night, drinking too many dr.peppers trying to get ubuntu to work, but im sticking with debian, and i had fun.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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If you go to the Ubuntu site, you will see the minimum for RAM is 768 and the recommended is 1GB so, you guessed right.
 
Old 02-27-2013, 09:31 PM   #4
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now this is an old laptop so this might not even install

Centos 5.9 or the current Centos 6.3
it is a red hat rebuild that is free BUT it was meant for running a server and never for a laptop
-- so there might be issues ---

i had cent5 running just fine on a DESKTOP from 2001 with 512 meg ram
now the old box has 1 gig ram and is running ScientificLinux 6.3 ( also a RHEL 6 rebiuld) just fine
the very last nvidia 96 driver is even working

But this is on a DESKTOP, and not a laptop !
 
Old 02-28-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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Other issues with old systems is how syslinux and isolinux work with bios/hardware.

Also such old drives were very poor at reading cd-r disks. They have to be burned to top quality disks and the very slowest speed to attempt any test.

I suspect yancek is correct that you can't use ubuntu live media without 1G or so ram. Many systems may say 512M but not have much more than 380M free for OS use.
 
Old 02-28-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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Other issues with old systems is how syslinux and isolinux work with bios/hardware.

Also such old drives were very poor at reading cd-r disks. They have to be burned to top quality disks and the very slowest speed to attempt any test.

I suspect yancek is correct that you can't use ubuntu live media without 1G or so ram. Many systems may say 512M but not have much more than 380M free for OS use.
Yea that's what confused me is ubuntu worked in live mode, my theory was if it works in live mode it will work on the install. Wrong. I like debian better anyways, if only I can get compiz to install. See my post in the software thread "compiz issue"
 
Old 02-28-2013, 07:13 PM   #7
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compz works on the GPU ( the 3d card ) and not the CPU

so you need a 3d driver ( nvidia or ati ) and the current needs OpenGL2 support
old ati cards and chips DO NOT , they do not even fully support GL 1.1 .
on a laptop that will be a built in chip , but from 2001 ? it might not even have one
 
  


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