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Old 12-26-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
tuneturkey
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need help to save old laptop with linux


Forum - i have an old Dell latitude laptop 150xpi, 40mb memory, 2 GB hd, 150mhertz pentium proc., its running windows 98s, but slow. I tried puppy which runs but too slow. Will DSL linux run with only 40mb RAM.
the laptop will only boot from 1.4mb floppy, not CD.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Hello tuneturkey, welcome to LQ,

tinycore should work for you http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/intro.html

You could also look for an old version of Slackware which came also as floppy images, you could begin your search here http://www.nielshorn.net/slackware/slack_old.php

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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I never tried it but I did find this: http://delicate-linux.net/ Might be worth a try. With the specs you have it will be difficult.

Not sure if it would work with floppies though...
 
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #4
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Here's a list of light weight distros including Tinycore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightwe...x_distribution
 
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:45 PM   #5
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I recommend you recycle it and upgrade your hardware to something from the 21st century. Best Buy is having some great post-holiday sales right now. You can buy a Raspberry Pi with HDMI capability and 512mb ram for $25. Heck, you can get a smartphone FREE with 2 year activation that has 10x better hardware specs than your Dell!
 
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