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Old 06-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #16
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I've actually been playing around with something similar...I got out my old inspirion 1100 last week and started playing around with a few distros. I tried mint 14 first just because it looks great and was pretty easy to use (since I'm used to windows and I've only been using linux for a week or two) but I had similar issues. It would get 1/2 way through the installation then it would just freeze. I tried it several times before I gave up and started looking for lightweight distros. I just setup macpup last night and it seems to run great! It was a slight challenge getting it to boot from the hard drive but youtube saved me there! Macpup might be worth checking out unless your heart is just set on mint. Hopefully this helps some...good luck!
 
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:37 PM   #17
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Hello David

Still no joy.
I looked at Zorin and Vector and having looked at the Vector installation instructions decided to try Zorin as its instructions were only one page. Downloaded Zorin 6.3 (about 2 1/2 hours) and ran the checksum thing. Burnt the ISO and put it in. As I was reading the options I noticed a counter and it started. I got a nice blue screen and nothing else. Waited about 10mins and switched off. Started again this time I moved the down arrow when the choices appeared. The first one was the live thing so I chose memory test. This ran and it passed (about 1/2 hour). Tried install and it all seemed OK. It recognised Mint Maya and asked if I wanted dual boot just Zorin or something else. I said just Zorin, I went through language time keyboard password etc and eventually it said it was installed (over an hour). I removed the disk and selected restart. Nothing happened, waited about 10 mins then turned it off. Switched it on and got a screen which I did not have time to read (as usual) and it started to do something. The hard drive light flashed for a while then stopped and that was that. Nothing. Just another black screen.

This used over 1/5 of our download allowance. I am not sure it is worth trying Vector. I haven't looked how big that is.

Any suggestions as it thinks it has installed Zorin, but it doesn't open.

Margaret Getting ready to give up. I have spent all day and achieved nothing.
 
Old 06-01-2013, 12:41 PM   #18
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Hello ipurchase.

I am amazed, you actually got something to run on an inspiron 1100. I will look at Macpup tomorrow I am all computed out for today.

Margaret
 
Old 06-01-2013, 01:33 PM   #19
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Here is a youtube video in case you need it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piT_z8ESHg4

If you use Macpup 529. The install process is the same. You can go for frugal or full install.

Frugal may be a good way for starters if you have 1 gig of ram.

I quad boot Semplice, AntiX,Macpup 529 frugal, and Vector Linux 7 Std Gold on a 1.8GHZ , 1 gig of ram, intel graphics chip, ancient IBM M41 wireless usb Desktop Computer with a 17" crt that I use as a test bed and media center in my motorcycle shop.

If wanting system info on my Desktop computer. Just download the .gz file and extract it to text file in Macpup.
 
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:02 PM   #20
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My son got DSL to run on a 933 Mhz Pentium with 128 MB RAM and an old 40 GB hard drive. If all else fails, some of the smallest distros like SliTaz and Puppy Linux, then DSL should work.
 
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:32 AM   #21
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Here is a link on an Ubuntu forum that covers how to solve graphics problems on your computer: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1743535
 
Old 06-02-2013, 09:23 AM   #22
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Hello David Lee 1A

I have looked at the link and have no idea what it is trying to tell me. It looks like just keep trying stuff till something works. I would not know where to start. This is well beyond my capabilites. Thank you for trying to help but I don't think I can do this.

Margaret
 
Old 06-02-2013, 11:13 AM   #23
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As I said, a lot of people had trouble when that computer was new. Unfortunately, their solutions probably won't work on the latest versions of the distros they eventually got to work.

If you're feeling really determined, you could try Vector, but perhaps that computer needs recycling.
 
Old 06-03-2013, 09:05 AM   #24
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Hello folks

Today we have a system running Zorin that has some icons and can go online! Progress indeed thanks to Wolfman on the Zorin forum. (The man has the patience of a saint!)

I now need to find out how to do things.

Cheers Margaret
 
Old 06-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #25
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That is great news. Good to heard you have a working computer system now. I have never used Zorin before so please share your experiences whenever you have a chance.

Good luck.
 
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:02 AM   #26
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Hello TroN

Thank you for your kind wishes but I spoke to soon we have a black screen again. It looked nice when it was there but my husband tried several ways to make the chrome browser window larger (as it was about 1/4 of the screen with no min or max buttons visible and you couldn't get hold of the bottom corner to drag it larger. I am not sure what he pressed but it has killed Zorin.
Several folks have suggested Puppy. I think tomorrow we will try that.

Cheers Margaret (Bit sad again).
 
Old 06-03-2013, 08:46 PM   #27
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I had something similar happen about 5 years ago. Run a check on the hard drive, if the hd is starting to go (bad sectors and the like), that can make an OS install hang (even if live discs and regular operation work just fine).

There are a number of hard drive integrity checker programs out there (they boot from live cds).
 
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #28
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Vector Linux is a good distro and it might work in your laptop. I had even installed in a Pentium 3 Laptop and it worked good. The only thing is that the installation might be a little bit challenging because its semi graphical installer program.

Here are some threads by other people with the same hardware maybe it will help

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...27-4175415569/

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=24768

http://askubuntu.com/questions/15562...-inspiron-1100

This entry is from the Puppy site http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=279382

They all suggest to update the BIOS so the behavior will be similar with any distro

Good luck to you.

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Old 06-04-2013, 04:12 AM   #29
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Hello Shane and TroN

As far as we know the hard disc is OK and the bios is A32. I recall having to update that for something some time ago.
Yesterday we used Acronis and my latest image to revert to XP service pack two. Which still works but is S L O W.
Today I think the garden takes precedence but we will try again. We have an ISO of Zorin 6 and Wolfman at their forum is very helpful so we will try that. I have also been reading up on Puppy as another option. I looked at the Vector installation guide and it looked terrifying. Sorry I am such a wimp but my efforts so far have not instilled any confidence.

Cheers Margaret
 
Old 06-04-2013, 05:23 AM   #30
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I managed to get Ubuntu running on it, (probably 2010) but video was always a problem. It uses the i810 chip which reserves only a minimal amount of RAM for the video and uses a Windows driver that loads at boot and allocates more RAM to the i810.
ACtually, its got i845 video. Which is pretty much the same as the i810/i815 video, and that is just the i740 standalone video card chip intergrated into the chipset....and i740 cards were current in 1998.

I've seen issues with i810/i815/i845/etc video over the years. Not that often thankfully, and in most cases it was a desktop sysem so I'd just install a cheap AGP video card.

Last time I used intel i845 video, which was last week (LOL) it didnt cause any problems for me. i845 chipset, celeron 2.0Ghz, 256MB RAM installed just fine with Debian 7.0 Xfce. It was pretty slow and clunky though, but thats early P4 celerons for you, that are *always* slow. Nothing you can really do about that......
 
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