LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 11-16-2011, 01:40 AM   #16
FredGSanford
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: USA
Distribution: Mageia Cauldron - Debian Testing - Salix OS
Posts: 1,047
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 147Reputation: 147

The best bet would probably go with Debian netinstall but it will take some work and know how. You can boot using floppy disk, I believe Debian still offer the root and boot floppy disk. It may take some work to get sound working also.

I've done it with an IBM 266mhz Thinkpad and only 96mb of memory. It's been some years back and I had less memory than the 96mb at the time.

Last edited by FredGSanford; 11-16-2011 at 01:43 AM.
 
Old 11-16-2011, 10:10 AM   #17
dping
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: Oregon, USA
Distribution: Kubuntu 9.04
Posts: 181

Rep: Reputation: 30
A few years back I did the same thing with an old Compaq from the same era.

I used DamnSmall Linux at the time.

I believe some of the caveats were:
  1. I had to make sure that the kernel wasn't too new
  2. I had to burn the iso onto a cd of the right type in order to get the system to boot from it (this took a while to find)
  3. I had to make sure that I was using the right boot system (syslinux vs isolinux for a livecd)

If doing it today, I'd probably try TinyCore Linux, which may or may not work since it runs a recent kernel etcetera, but worth a try. Otherwise, with enough knowledge, an install of Debian or some other distro that can be heavily tailored during/prior-to install might be the way to go.

Of course, there are lots of other options out there as well. Here's a useful distrowatch.com search for distros targeting old computers. Scroll down to see the list.
 
Old 11-16-2011, 10:26 AM   #18
j_75080
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Richardson, Texas
Distribution: Fedora/Tiny Core/Android
Posts: 93

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hello Acclue,

I have a ThinkPad 365XD with a 120MHz Pentium 1 cpu and 72MB of RAM which is running Tiny Core Linux http://www.tinycorelinux.net. Tiny Core runs fine on this laptop other than a few apps such as wbar (due to illegal operation).

Since the CD Drive is not bootable, I used Smart Boot Manager and booted via floppy using the Smart Boot Manager floppy install [sbminst]. Smart Boot Manager can be found at: http://btmgr.sourceforge.net/about.html.

My laptop has many functions including editor (file editor), fluff (file manager), MPlayer-nodeps (music player), News (RSS news feed reader}, Seamonkey 1.1.19 (fastest and least memory use browser out of 12 tried), and wifi (a ultra small wifi manager).
 
Old 11-16-2011, 10:38 PM   #19
rchuso
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2009
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
I ran gentoo (1.4?) on mine with xfce4. It was rock solid. Also had Eclipse installed and working. Wireless networking was a problem that never got resolved.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 10:24 AM   #20
DerekCrowe
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2010
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question Linux on old IBM laptop

Looking for some info on the best distro to run on a IBM ThinkPad 760 laptop. Any ideas anyone?
 
Old 11-17-2011, 11:27 AM   #21
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,131
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833
Quote:
Originally Posted by DerekCrowe View Post
Looking for some info on the best distro to run on a IBM ThinkPad 760 laptop. Any ideas anyone?
Since we don't know any laptop out there some specs would help (RAM and CPU at most).
 
Old 11-17-2011, 01:10 PM   #22
k3lt01
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2011
Location: Australia
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Sid/Experimental, playing with LFS.
Posts: 2,900

Rep: Reputation: 636Reputation: 636Reputation: 636Reputation: 636Reputation: 636Reputation: 636
Quote:
Originally Posted by DerekCrowe View Post
Looking for some info on the best distro to run on a IBM ThinkPad 760 laptop. Any ideas anyone?
Yep read the thread and others like it which has posts like mine (post 3) and TobiSGD (quoted below for your elucidation) and then tell us what the machines specs are.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TobiSGD View Post
Since we don't know any laptop out there some specs would help (RAM and CPU at most).
Don't you mean at least?
 
Old 11-17-2011, 02:16 PM   #23
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,131
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833
Quote:
Originally Posted by k3lt01 View Post
Yep read the thread and others like it which has posts like mine (post 3) and TobiSGD (quoted below for your elucidation) and then tell us what the machines specs are.

Don't you mean at least?
Yeah, sorry, seems that I had a knot in my mind.
 
Old 11-18-2011, 10:29 AM   #24
Acclue
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2011
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Alright, thanks all, sorry I disappeared there, I got really sick the last couple days. Grabbed a cdrw earlier today and booted it up with damn small linux. Working great. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 11-18-2011, 03:24 PM   #25
grindstone
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2010
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Good to hear. I think people may be interested in your experiences as you go, too. If you think of it, maybe post an update in a while or especially if you move on for some reason. And maybe get more RAM
 
Old 11-18-2011, 11:08 PM   #26
Dave448
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2008
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
Cant say if it will work or not....but heres a newer version of Puppy (5.25 Retro) built with an older Kernel. Nowhere near as old as that laptop...but it still might work. For Install that is... forget running live CDs with hardly any memory. http://puppylinuxnews.org/puplets/ol...cid-puppy-525/

NVM.... I noticed a post on the 5.25 retro page from someone with a 600E that says 525 retro didnt work. Mightve even been you! LOL! My bad!

Last edited by Dave448; 11-18-2011 at 11:11 PM.
 
Old 11-19-2011, 03:34 AM   #27
soontobenerd
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2010
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Hello acclue,

you could try slitaz. It is bootable from a floppy drive. i would call it "the swiss army distro" due to the multiple features it offers. i think also mac gywer would use it, if in trouble.

have a nice day!

stbn
 
Old 11-19-2011, 05:14 PM   #28
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 15,691

Rep: Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264Reputation: 2264
I might be tempted to run qnx on it.

Be careful on that cd drive. It will not read cd-rw's and will have issues with many cd-r disks. I used to use the black cd-r are always burn iso at the very slowest speeds.

It may be possible to add in some ram. Might look at slitaz too.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] Which Linux distribution best suites my laptop? nandu neerukonda Linux - Newbie 20 06-27-2011 09:16 AM
Looking for Linux distribution for old laptop LinuxLiker Linux - Distributions 1 06-14-2011 03:55 PM
Best Linux Distribution for Laptop? Osirix Linux - Laptop and Netbook 56 10-03-2009 12:17 AM
The best linux distribution for an old laptop? MiKANiSe Linux - Newbie 6 03-16-2009 04:39 AM
Which Linux distribution for my laptop? Eiriken73 Linux - Newbie 13 11-27-2008 03:19 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:08 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration