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Old 12-17-2015, 03:40 PM   #16
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Sorry should have said sudo lshw | less.
Or you could try sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda (or sdb or sdc) to see if Linux sees your hd and how it is partitioned.
Or do dmesg | less and look for your hd by using /sda to do a find and n to do a find next.

In any case your cpu and ram should be good enough to run Linux Mint, although slowly. Maybe you should try the xfce version as KDE is a resource pig, or one of the other distros built specifically for older computers.
 
Old 12-20-2015, 05:06 AM   #17
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I gave in the command sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

It does see my HD! Here the results of the command :
Disk /dev/sda : 80.0 GB ,80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectord/track,9729 cylinders, total 156301488 sectors
Units= sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size( logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size ( minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00042fe2

Device boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 154730495 77364224 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 15473542 156301311 784385 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 154732544 156301311 784384 82 Linux swap / Solaris


By the way I use Linux Mate 32 bits , I will try the get the other version on the DVD .
 
Old 12-20-2015, 05:20 AM   #18
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I've a feeling you're not waiting long enough -- how long do you leave the installer running? On that hardware I would expect it to, possibly, take upwards of an hour but you should see some progress at the bottom of the installer with the option to see more details.
 
Old 12-20-2015, 02:03 PM   #19
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at the boot prompt add nomodeset my help
 
Old 12-21-2015, 02:04 PM   #20
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I waited for 2 hours , the progress bar does not stay on the desktop when it is about 75% of it's progress it disappears and all that I can get back in view is the desktop with the for ever circling mouse pointer , this time I tried to install the xfce version .

After a while I got to the file Manager opened the HD and found folders (bin ,boot,dev etc.) in there ! Before I always got the error : Unable to mount the file whenever I tried to access the HD .
So changed the boot order from DVD to HD but again , system does not start up .So back where I started .

The other suggestion :

At the boot prompt add nomodeset my help

Where am I supposed to give in this command ,which boot prompt are you referring to?
 
Old 12-21-2015, 03:53 PM   #21
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It is when you first boot the dvd at the first screen.
 
Old 12-21-2015, 06:19 PM   #22
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yes try unbuntu

i always suggest trying a different distro to see if u can at least get it installed then use unbuntu till u figure out the other installers issue.




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I gave in the command sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

It does see my HD! Here the results of the command :
Disk /dev/sda : 80.0 GB ,80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectord/track,9729 cylinders, total 156301488 sectors
Units= sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size( logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size ( minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00042fe2

Device boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 154730495 77364224 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 15473542 156301311 784385 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 154732544 156301311 784384 82 Linux swap / Solaris


By the way I use Linux Mate 32 bits , I will try the get the other version on the DVD .
 
Old 12-30-2015, 04:43 AM   #23
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I installed Ubuntu 32 bits , this installation worked ! But it is terribly slow , just closing a program window takes far too much time.
Maybe after all this system is really too old and not suitable with Ubuntu .
 
Old 12-30-2015, 10:30 AM   #24
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If Ubuntu is too slow you could try Lubuntu or Xubuntu as they should work better on older hardware and use the same installer as Ubuntu.
 
Old 12-30-2015, 10:45 AM   #25
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For a thing like that, you'll need specific drivers and no bloatware.The neatest & most work for you is linuxfromscratch. Have you tried damnsmalllinux on it? Or Kevux?
 
Old 12-30-2015, 02:12 PM   #26
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better yet try puppy 6.0!

puppy 6.0 is about the smallest lightest weight distro out there. your looking at about 375mb installed that's it! i really like puppy u should give it a whirl just make a live dvd or usb drive.
 
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Antix and slitaz are also lightweight options.
 
Old 12-30-2015, 04:12 PM   #28
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wow slitaz is only 35mb is it a GUI interface??

35mb with a gui interface would be super impressive!




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