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Old 12-01-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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My name is Bill,
And I had an addiction to windows...

Anyway I am resurrecting an old t5062 emachines with 64 bit single athlon processor.
I tried rather unsuccessfully to install Mint. But I did have a backup Ubuntu cd with 9.01. So this morning I installed the Ubuntu. My question is two fold, will mint run on this machine and if not which ubuntu platform is the best.
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
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Your ubuntu OS is definately outdated, you need to install an upto date distro.
Try debian as it's less resource hungry.
Mint should work on it.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 09:50 AM   #3
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yeah up to 12.04.

I may have a reason why the mint didn't work, I forgot the cpu is 64 bit and I may have downloaded a 32 bit iso.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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32Bit will work on 64Bit processors
 
Old 12-01-2014, 10:28 AM   #5
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it ended up frozen and pixilated, so it seemed unstable, hence the switch.

Doing some reading on debian, the comparisons say its not so user friendly but rock solid. Also I would like to try Linux and gaming as I have an old xp machine that I currently play on.
Any good platforms or just stay with Xp?
 
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There is no good reason to run 64bit on that old laptop.
You should probably fix the first classic before starting on the second. The process of fixing the first will help you on the second.
What graphics does the older laptop have?

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Old 12-01-2014, 10:35 AM   #7
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both machines are desktops. the xp is 32 bit and the old vista is 64 bit.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 11:05 AM   #8
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Doing some reading on debian, the comparisons say its not so user friendly but rock solid. Also I would like to try Linux and gaming as I have an old xp machine that I currently play on.
Debian is quite user friendly & the installer guides you right thru the installation.
You may however need to install wireless drivers but nowadays a lot of them are supplied withi the kernel.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 11:16 AM   #9
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actually using ubuntu to burn a proper copy of mint. then retrying that.
should have used the torrent file initially. hint to anyone else.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 11:27 AM   #10
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still will not load even following the youtube video verbatim. possibly wrong for the machine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ3r6nktb_Q
 
Old 12-01-2014, 11:37 AM   #11
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Mint & ubuntu are live cd/dvd which require quite a bit of ram
Even though the machine is 64-bit it has a 2Gig max ram.
You should use a regular install cd rather than the graphics intensive mint or ubuntu.
If you still want to try live-cd
Try AntiX, Puppy Linux
Debian-live with Xfce or kde
Your machine will run debian-live with gnome better than mint or ubuntux, but it will run better from hdd.
 
Old 12-01-2014, 11:57 AM   #12
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good to know. the blasted thing just froze as I was using mibbit, so maybe the machine was ready to drop anyway...lol perfect timing huh?
 
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How much ram do you have?
 
Old 12-01-2014, 12:36 PM   #14
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well taking your advice Eddy i am as of now loading debian, from the looks of the install which by the way is flying maybe this is the best choice.
 
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