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Old 04-07-2014, 12:12 PM   #31
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Mint with Mate seems more like what I would like but that might not be OK for the hardware.
What about Mint with Mate do you think might not be OK for your hardware?

Did I misunderstand, or is Mint with Mate the distribution you already booted from a USB?

If that ran OK, then you have a good enough CPU for it and you have enough RAM for it. That leaves only the hard drive in question. Do you think your hard drive is too small to install Mint?
 
Old 04-07-2014, 12:38 PM   #32
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Hi johnsfine,

It's good to hear Mint's booting from USB means it "fits." The doubts that have been expressed in my direction had to do with thinking my RAM might be too small. At any rate, I now have both a bootable Mint with Mate and also a bootable Lubuntu.

FWIW, a helpful counter man at my MiFi provider tried to get me regular Ubuntu but after I converted it with UNetbootin it posted an error when I tried to boot from it.
again FWIW, I see from my folder for downloads that the .iso I have for Ubuntu is smaller than the .iso for Lubuntu; I assume that and my results mean his download got interrupted, too.
 
Old 04-07-2014, 12:47 PM   #33
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The doubts that have been expressed in my direction had to do with thinking my RAM might be too small.
That is what Germany_chris was trying to discuss regarding speed.

If your RAM is too small, the normal symptom is that the OS runs too slowly. RAM needs to be far far too small before that stops an OS from running at all. Moderately too small makes it slow.

How much ram does your system have?

How painfully slow was Mint when booted from a USB? It would be a little faster if installed on the hard drive. If the speed wasn't terrible when booted from USB, you must have enough RAM. If it was painfully slow when booted from USB, you still might have enough RAM for it to work well when installed on the hard drive. It just is harder to be sure before trying.

When I ask how slow it was, I don't mean how slow for Linux to start when you booted the USB (that is a separate question). I mean once you had run a program in Linux how slow was it to run another.
 
Old 04-09-2014, 04:58 PM   #34
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That is what Germany_chris was trying to discuss regarding speed.

If your RAM is too small, the normal symptom is that the OS runs too slowly. RAM needs to be far far too small before that stops an OS from running at all. Moderately too small makes it slow.

How much ram does your system have?
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How painfully slow was Mint when booted from a USB? It would be a little faster if installed on the hard drive. If the speed wasn't terrible when booted from USB, you must have enough RAM. If it was painfully slow when booted from USB, you still might have enough RAM for it to work well when installed on the hard drive. It just is harder to be sure before trying.

When I ask how slow it was, I don't mean how slow for Linux to start when you booted the USB (that is a separate question). I mean once you had run a program in Linux how slow was it to run another.
Well the original boot from USB **is** very slow! Once it's up, though, while I haven't done very many different things, Mint does seem to run at least as fast as the Gateway LT20 does on WindowsXP. (I have run some suggestions in Terminal, then opened a text file to Cut&Paste the output, and saved to a second USB to make it possible to post for the suggesting person. Thus there have been some sequential actions which might affect speed.)
 
  


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