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Old 07-23-2009, 02:29 AM   #1
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'out of the box' support for mobile broadband on an old machine?


Hi

New to the Linux thing. My wife is on maternity leave and I am trying to get an old computer running so she can use it for mail/internet etc. It is an old HP Omnibook XE2 with a Celeron 533Mhz (coppermine), 128 MB ram and 5GB hard drive.

Tried XUbuntu, nice but super-slow. Does anyone know of any lighter-weight distros that have out-of-the-box support for mobile broadband USB modems? Would also have to run Firefox 3, and that's about it.

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Old 07-23-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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Can no-one help me with this one?
 
Old 07-23-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
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Hi Graham,

Not sure where you are geographically, but your first post came up at 4:29 am so chances are a good chunk of folks who can help were sleeping when you posted.
I'd venture loads of people will have suggestions for you in time, please be patient. I personally have only used a small number of distros on my old laptop, and none of them I would recommend to you for various reasons, including ease of use (or lack thereof) and possibly being currently unsupported, otherwise I would love to offer a suggestion or two.

Meanwhile, I am going to ask for your thread to be moved to the 'Laptop' department, so that it may get better exposure to folks who know what you're looking for.

Best of luck!
Sasha

PS - Welcome to LQ!
 
Old 07-23-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

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Hi

New to the Linux thing. My wife is on maternity leave and I am trying to get an old computer running so she can use it for mail/internet etc. It is an old HP Omnibook XE2 with a Celeron 533Mhz (coppermine), 128 MB ram and 5GB hard drive.

Tried XUbuntu, nice but super-slow. Does anyone know of any lighter-weight distros that have out-of-the-box support for mobile broadband USB modems? Would also have to run Firefox 3, and that's about it.

Cheers
Graham
You really need to increase the RAM to utilize a 'X' environment effectively. I would suggest that you increase your RAM on the machine since the cost of RAM for that system won't be that much.

You could look at some LiveCD from 'The LiveCD List' to test drive. I suggest that you keep your environment small. Stay away from KDE. Try a desktop like 'XFCE'.

I use Slackware and think out of the box a minimal install would work for that hardware with a little tweaking.

The above links and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 07-23-2009, 05:42 PM   #5
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Nother one for Slackware. Have had it running on my 400mhz 196M ram laptop and it ran acceptably on KDE, better in XFCE or lighter desktops. I was unusable in the buntus (Xu and such)
 
Old 07-24-2009, 12:12 PM   #6
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I think that any distro would be fine if tweaked correctly. The most important thing is to remove all services that aren't essential. KDE 3 or xfce etc should run fine then.
 
  


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