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Old 05-30-2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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help me. on the verge of giving up on Linux


Why is it that whenever I get to smoke test a Linux instal the cursor gets stuck on the very last stage 'password'?

I have been trying to install a light system on an old 32mb ram laptop. Both Dabian Sarge3.01, and Feather instaled on to HD fine but both get stuck on the password. I enter user fine but at password the cursor just sticks. Very frustrating. Help.
 
Old 05-30-2009, 09:04 PM   #2
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You should be more specific. I assume you are talking about typing the password into the terminal and not a GUI since your laptop only has 32 mb ram.

In that case, there is no problem at all. Linux systems don't display anything when you type a password for security reasons. Simply type your username and hit enter. Then type your password and hit enter. Don't worry about your password not showing up. This is a good thing.

If you are interested in a GUI, you could give LXDE with the SLIM login manager a try, but I don't know if it would be worth it on 32mb ram. I'm using it on 64mb ram. I believe both are in the debian repositories, albeit perhaps not on sarge for LXDE.
 
Old 05-31-2009, 12:07 AM   #3
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wow.32mb.im amazed it even installed.i once installed slackware (no gui) on a 16mb machine but it kept segfaulting.try installing on a newer box and you should have no problems.why would you give up on a linux based OS after this?Can windows install with so little ram?

Last edited by hoodooman; 05-31-2009 at 12:09 AM. Reason: missed an important point.
 
Old 05-31-2009, 01:31 PM   #4
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hoodooman:

Q--"why would you give up on a linux based OS after this?Can windows install with so little ram?"

Answer: Yes. Microsoft Windows 3.11 !!!!!!
(Pardon my joke.)

Jonnylove:

Actually the best thing to do with your current problem is to try hoodooman's advice: you try install Linux into a newer hardware, or you may only upgrade your RAM into 512 if the motherboard can accommodate it. Or you try light windowing managers as degirati suggests.

I feel disarmed of valid opinion knowing the size of the RAM.
 
Old 06-02-2009, 04:56 AM   #5
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I have ordered aonther 64mb ram to install in this machine to make up a total of 96mb, the max it can handle. Hoping this will do it. Thanks for your responses.
 
Old 06-02-2009, 05:04 AM   #6
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where are you from? I still got lots of old laptopram here ... if you want ..
 
Old 06-02-2009, 05:04 AM   #7
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You should try minimalistic distro's or ones that require low-ram

DSL installed to HD uses much less ram than a DSL-frugal install.
Feather requires 128MB RAM, so not a good choice.

I would suggest A Minimal Debian with either XFCE4, or Fluxbox.

Also, might wanna look at Tinycore, and make sure you use the TCZ extensions as they require less ram.


Another choice, and the one I like, is Slackware-12.2 with fluxbox, JWM., TWM,FLVM, Blackbox
or Windowmaker.
 
Old 06-03-2009, 07:23 AM   #8
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thanks LaroPol.I have ordered the ram and at only 13.00 it is not much. Will persevere.
 
Old 06-05-2009, 11:05 AM   #9
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alright, good luck with it ...
 
Old 06-06-2009, 08:07 AM   #10
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Ok I am up and running with 96mb ram installed and Feather linux onto the HD and booting/running just fine. Only problem is I can't work out how to save my AbiWord docs to my USB flash drive. Anyone know how I can get my USB pen into ROX so I can save to it? The drive shows up nicely in the USB viewer so Feather sees it, and it flashes when I plug it in I just can't find it.
 
Old 06-06-2009, 08:22 AM   #11
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Ok I am up and running with 96mb ram installed and Feather linux onto the HD and booting/running just fine. Only problem is I can't work out how to save my AbiWord docs to my USB flash drive. Anyone know how I can get my USB pen into ROX so I can save to it? The drive shows up nicely in the USB viewer so Feather sees it, and it flashes when I plug it in I just can't find it.
Assuming it's mounted OK, it'll probably be in /media somewhere (there should only be a few folders in there).
 
  


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