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Old 02-22-2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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best os for stereo hook-up


i've got an old laptop that I want to hook up to my stereo and use to play my mp3's.

the laptop is slow but it will run xp so specs are ok(ish).

what would be the best linux os to install that will:

1) boot quickly
2) support usb external drives (where my mp3's are stored)
3) run a music player (winamp preferred but thats just what i'm used to. something similar will be just as good)
4) use as little power as possble

something that would let me control it remotely using my vista laptop would be a great bonus but not essential.
 
Old 02-22-2009, 07:26 AM   #2
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Take a look at Crunch Bang, it is a relatively new distro, is light weight, but has the essentials. It is a stripped down Ubuntu. You can add ubuntu packages, if you need to.

A link -->http://crunchbanglinux.org/
 
Old 02-23-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
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Take a look at Crunch Bang, it is a relatively new distro, is light weight, but has the essentials. It is a stripped down Ubuntu. You can add ubuntu packages, if you need to.

A link -->http://crunchbanglinux.org/
tried crunchbang as a live Cd. worked well, did what i wanted but wouldn't install to the HDD so too slow. any ideas why this might not install or other suggestions of another distro?
 
Old 02-23-2009, 07:21 PM   #4
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You can try the Knoppix LiveCD, known for good hardware support and the ability to be installed on a hard disk. For lightweight system DamnSmallLinux (DSL) and Slackware seem to be good choice, but there is no reason why you could not use Fedora, Suse or Debian when keeping the number of installed packages low (not installing the unneeded stuff).

Maybe have a look a http://distrowatch.com/ for a much wider set of choices.

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Old 02-23-2009, 07:36 PM   #5
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Did you follow these instructions for the install?
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Standard Desktop Edition

1. Prepare a “CLI” only installation of Ubuntu. I find that using the Ubuntu MinimalCD is best for this.

2. Download the script with the following command:

wget http://crunchbanglinux.org/build-scr...ler-8.10.02.sh

3. Make the script executable with the following command:

chmod +x crunchbang-installer-8.10.02.sh

4. Run the script as root with the following command:

sudo ./crunchbang-installer-8.10.02.sh

5. Follow the on-screen instructions and reboot when finished.
 
Old 02-24-2009, 11:08 AM   #6
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Did you follow these instructions for the install?
didn't see any of this. cheers for the link. i've downloaded the file but i dont really know what to do with it now.

if i get this on to a floppy disk, can i run the crunchbang from the live cd and run the download from inside cb and is the download like a windows exe file. do i just double click and it will do its thing?

(sorry for being dense. my first time using anything other than windows)
 
Old 02-24-2009, 11:14 AM   #7
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Okio, you could try Open SusE just make sure to install only necessary packages. For Music Players Open Suse comes with Amarok and from the DVD you could install Banshee. Try downloading the live CD first and see if you like it.
Good Luck! ! !
 
Old 02-24-2009, 12:32 PM   #8
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When you said Crunch Bag was slow, did you install it to the hard drive? Live CDs running off of a CD are always going to be slower than a system running off of a hard disk.
 
Old 02-24-2009, 01:51 PM   #9
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When you said Crunch Bag was slow, did you install it to the hard drive? Live CDs running off of a CD are always going to be slower than a system running off of a hard disk.


the live cd worked fine but the installer keeps crashing when i try it. an install screen opens but instantly crashes.

i have 150mb ram, which somebody on another forum says isn't enough but running the live cd, it runs using less than 100mb.
 
Old 02-24-2009, 02:02 PM   #10
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i dont really know what to do with it now.
Open a command prompt, you need the system booted with some lice CD. Do a 'cd tothedirectorywherethefileis'

Run the command 'chmod +x crunchbang-installer-8.10.02.sh' This will change the file to executable. Any time you down load any file in linux, it will store the file as non-executable, even if it is a program file, or in this case a script file ( like a .bat file in wondoze ).

Run this command 'sudo ./crunchbang-installer-8.10.02.sh'. The sudo part asks the system for root privileges. The ./ says run it from the current directory, don't look elsewhere. The rest is the name of the now executable script file.

The file should instruct, and guide you through the install.
 
  


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