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Old 01-31-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Live CD doesn't work on old PII


Hi,
yesterday I was trying to install Puppy Lucid 5.2 on a old PC (PII 533mhz 265mb RAM). First of all I have launched the live cd, then set up language, time zone and keyboard... at this point pc stopped working and stay blocked on the desktop screen with no possibility to move pointer or use keyboard. Is it possible that hardware is too old to work with Puppy Lucid 5.2?
May I have to try with a lighter OS (which one?)?
Please help me...
Kind regards,
Maurizio
 
Old 01-31-2011, 10:09 AM   #2
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You might try the "Wary" version of Puppy, which is specifically designed for older hardware:

http://puppylinux.org/main/Long-Term...0WaryPuppy.htm
 
Old 01-31-2011, 10:38 AM   #3
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http://getchrome.eu/download.php

this is the site which Google gives me for download request.
 
Old 01-31-2011, 10:49 AM   #4
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@ snowpine - ok I'll try Wary... but is Wary so ligher than Puppy 5.2?

@ darkduck - Are you suggesting me to use Chrome OS? ...is Chrome OS so light to be used with an old HW?!
 
Old 01-31-2011, 10:54 AM   #5
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@ snowpine - ok I'll try Wary... but is Wary so ligher than Puppy 5.2?
No, it is not lighter. But it uses an older kernel and an older version of Xorg (the Linux video system) so it has better compatibility for some older video cards. I suggested it since your problem sounds like a video problem. What video card do you have?

Have you verified the md5sum of your Puppy Live CD and tested it on another machine to make sure it works?

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/md5sum

If you don't have any luck with other popular lightweight Linux distributions include SliTaz and Tiny Core.
 
Old 01-31-2011, 10:59 AM   #6
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@ snowpine - ok I'll try Wary... but is Wary so ligher than Puppy 5.2?

@ darkduck - Are you suggesting me to use Chrome OS? ...is Chrome OS so light to be used with an old HW?!
Sorry, I intended it for another thread. Missed the tab. 8-)
Please disregard my reply.
 
Old 01-31-2011, 11:08 AM   #7
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You might try Tiny Me, I believe it runs an older kernel also.

If I remember it only requires 128 meg of memory which you have.

Last edited by Larry Webb; 01-31-2011 at 11:10 AM.
 
Old 01-31-2011, 11:12 AM   #8
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No, it is not lighter. But it uses an older kernel and an older version of Xorg (the Linux video system) so it has better compatibility for some older video cards. I suggested it since your problem sounds like a video problem. What video card do you have?

Have you verified the md5sum of your Puppy Live CD and tested it on another machine to make sure it works?

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/md5sum

If you don't have any luck with other popular lightweight Linux distributions include SliTaz and Tiny Core.
The videocard is an ATI RAGE FURY MAXX 64mb. Do you think that Ram availability with 256MB is ok?

Anyway I will try other 'light' distro and I let you know if the problem is solved.

Cheers!
 
Old 01-31-2011, 11:18 AM   #9
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I have no personal experience with that video card, but you may find relevant discussions on the Puppy Linux forum, for example: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=54728
 
Old 01-31-2011, 11:21 AM   #10
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Also, I haven't used Puppy in a while, but I seem to remember it gives you a choice of xorg or xvesa video drivers... have you tried them both?
 
Old 04-04-2011, 12:35 PM   #11
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I have solved the problem in this way:
- I have upgraded RAM with a total of 1GB
- I have installed Xubuntu 10.04 that have a ligher (vs Ubuntu 10.04) grafic resolution (less stress for CPU)
PC works fine although if is not the fastest PC on earth you can surf the web, watch video (not HD...) burn DVD...

Great Linux!!!

Thanks to all for support!
 
Old 04-04-2011, 12:56 PM   #12
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Puppy is a great distro — when it works! It works fine on my desktop, but fails completely on my laptop, and a lot of people have similar experiences.

Pentium II shouldn't be a problem: any distro should run (even if a bit slowly) on a Pentium Pro or better.

ATI video has a reputation of being a bit of a problem, but an older card should have had the problems sorted by now.

256MB is fine for CrunchBang, Mepis, and Xubuntu. Salix is great, provided you set up your partitions in advance. Vector Light claims to run in 64MB.
 
  


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