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Old 10-27-2003, 12:36 PM   #1
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Compaq Presario 1200 Labtop - Should I install Mandrake 9.1?


I been meaning to get into linux since 1997. I am finally going to take the leap. I really don't know nothing about linux. I know a couple of unix commands, thats about it.

I have a compaq labtop sitting around, not using it and figured I finally take that jump into a lunix os. Once installed, I will finally have the opportunity to learn linux, however I am a little worried that I won't be able to install cuz its a compaq.

Waiting on reponses, before I install. I'll check back later.

Thanks
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Old 10-27-2003, 12:50 PM   #2
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u can always try, that's half the fun.
Hell, if ur scared u can always post it to me over in the UK, i'll do it
 
Old 10-27-2003, 01:00 PM   #3
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yep I am defintely going to try it out. Was hoping to hear from someone that might had a probllem or has heard bad things about installing linux on a compaq presario. Thanks.

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Old 10-27-2003, 02:28 PM   #4
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I've run earlier versions of Mandrake on the Presario 1200-XL109 - You might run into problems installing if you have less than 78 Mb of RAM on the machine though... So I've been told.

From experience I can say that RH 9 works well but slow on such a machine...
 
Old 10-27-2003, 02:33 PM   #5
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Shooot my labtop has only 60 MB of RAM

630 mhz

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Old 10-27-2003, 02:37 PM   #6
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Just check when the machine boots... If the bios memory test is turned on 1 Mb = 1024 kb - the bios usually, on those machines as far as I can remember, displays the the memory in kb so it's a question of division
 
Old 10-27-2003, 03:11 PM   #7
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heh, 60MB of RAM?
don't dare try to run KDE or GNOME with that
also, you may want to be disabling a hell of a lot of services, and also a kernel recompile may save some RAM
 
Old 10-27-2003, 04:38 PM   #8
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just realized all I have is 60 MB RAM
 
Old 10-27-2003, 04:40 PM   #9
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Quote:
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heh, 60MB of RAM?
don't dare try to run KDE or GNOME with that
also, you may want to be disabling a hell of a lot of services, and also a kernel recompile may save some RAM
thanks man thats the info I needed.. maybe I try to run a dual boot on one of my boxes that has windows xp on it. I won't be comfortable to switching to linux til I know it better, thanks for you help thus far.
i got two p4's with 258 meg, show me more what I can do wit them.. thanks.. I need to and want to get into linux.

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Old 10-27-2003, 04:42 PM   #10
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Like I said the 78 Mb requirement is only something I've heard - Have you checked the minimum requirements at www.mandrakesoft.com ???
 
Old 10-27-2003, 04:44 PM   #11
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And RH 9 can be run on your Laptop, my presario had an equal amount of memory 60 - 64'ish
 
Old 10-27-2003, 06:38 PM   #12
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i best to geta better machine to run linux or invest in more ram for my labtop. To get 32 or 64 mroe ram should be about?
 
Old 10-28-2003, 05:01 AM   #13
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If you can you should beef it up to at least 256 Mb - But as I said, it is possible to run RH on the configuration you already have, albeit slow. With a little tinkering of the services you might speed it up a little like suggested.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 06:17 AM   #14
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Running Linux itself on that laptop should be fine, the performace will depend on your GUI.
KDE or Gnome are out of the questions, but there are plenty of good ones out there which don't take up a lot of memory. Enlightenment is a personal favorite of mine, but some people find it hard to get used to, if you've ever used litestep for windows you'll be fine though. I run Enlightenment myself on a lowend laptop with Mandrake, it works perfectly and is sometimes (though rarely) faster than my debian box with hardware three times as good running KDE. Blackbox is also popular and light.
What I'm saying is feel free to install Mandrake with a light windows manager on your laptop, I haven't had any performace issues, nor has anyone else I know with lowend linux systems.
- cirofren
 
  


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