LinuxQuestions.org
Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
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 02-12-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
rochdalemark
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2012
Location: UK
Distribution: Linux Mint 11 LXDE
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Question New life into Intel® Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz


Hi all,

i have an old Dell Dimension 2400 Intel® Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz with 500Mb of memory. And rather than it gathering dust Id like to breathe some new life into it by installing some form of Linux. (It would need to be better and quicker than just using win XP)
Its uses will be the following:
Browsing the web - It would use a broadband dongle from '3' so needs to be compatible with that.
Listening to MP3's
Image editing

What would you all recommend to use which wouldn't slow the machine down so much it feels like wading through treacle?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
 
Old 02-12-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,130
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825
Any distro should be able to run well on that machine, as long as you don't choose one of the heavier desktop environments, like KDE 4, Gnome 3 or Unity. So anything with XFCE 4, LXDE, Enlightenment or one of the many window managers will be good for that machine.
Regarding the internet dongle,
Quote:
a broadband dongle from '3'
tells us nothing about the hardware, I don't even know what '3' is, may be a local internet provider in your country.

So, if you are new to Linux I would recommend to go with SalineOS (Debian based, XFCE), Bodhi (Ubuntu based, Enlightenment), wattOS (Ubuntu based, LXDE) or Crunchbang (Debian based, XFCE or Openbox).
 
Old 02-12-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
rochdalemark
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2012
Location: UK
Distribution: Linux Mint 11 LXDE
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
WOW that was a quick reply, thanks.

The '3' dongle is a USB modem. Huawei E156G On Three telecom, so the operating system would need to have native support for one of those as it would'nt be able to access the net to download any drivers until it is enabled.
 
Old 02-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #4
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,130
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825
The Huawei E156G is compatible to Linux, all you need is the wvdial program and the configuration posted here.
I don't know which of those distributions I named has wvdial installed by default, so may be another member can help here.
 
Old 02-12-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
Fred Caro
Member
 
Registered: May 2007
Posts: 999

Rep: Reputation: 166Reputation: 166
3

What will, probably, work straight off, is 'Peppermint' as it is geared for the net. Proved to be the case here (uk) but it is in bed with 'some large company' so hesitate to recommend it.

Fred.
 
Old 02-12-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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
I have Debian Squeeze Gnome running on a 10 year old Dell Optiplex Pentium 4 3.2GHz with 1GB RAM, it is used for Internet, Video streaming, downloads and Music streaming. I got it about 2 years ago and it has never had any issues. Squeeze will run with as little as 256MB RAM
 
Old 02-13-2012, 05:15 AM   #7
rochdalemark
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2012
Location: UK
Distribution: Linux Mint 11 LXDE
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Thanks for all the advice so far. Someone suggested I use Puppy Linux as they suport the dongle, but there are no screenshots etc for it.
What are the opinions on it?
 
Old 02-13-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,130
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825
You stated that you want use the system for image editing. That means that you need every MB of RAM you can spare for that task. I would think that loading a system into RAM, like Puppy does, will not be the thing you want, since it will cause a loss of free RAM compared to a conventionally installed system.
 
Old 02-13-2012, 11:52 AM   #9
DavidMcCann
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
Posts: 4,158

Rep: Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223Reputation: 1223
A couple of suggestions:

1. WattOS. This is a respin of Ubuntu, so you get the advantage of the Ubuntu repository. It uses LXDE (but is more configurable than the official Lubuntu) and requires just 192MB, so you've got plenty of free memory.

2. Vector Standard takes up a little more memory (256MB minimum suggested) and has Xfce. Being based on Slackware, it's very reliable.
 
Old 02-13-2012, 12:05 PM   #10
snowpine
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2009
Posts: 4,037

Rep: Reputation: 1099Reputation: 1099Reputation: 1099Reputation: 1099Reputation: 1099Reputation: 1099Reputation: 1099Reputation: 1099
I do not recommend Puppy for permanent/serious getting-things-done type of work. It is a fun "live" distro for giving Linux a quick test drive.
 
Old 02-22-2012, 02:58 AM   #11
rochdalemark
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2012
Location: UK
Distribution: Linux Mint 11 LXDE
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Thanks for all your replies.
I tried the WattOs and it was really quick, however the network manager it uses did not have mobile broadband support. You could however replace that with one that did, but only if you already had internet connection. As mobile broadband is my only link to the net, this was pretty useless.
I then tried an XFCE version of Mint, which kept freezing, do I ditched that one and Tried an LXDE version of Mint which runs fairly quick and has all the bits I require right out of the box. MP3 support, mobile broadband support etc etc
 
  


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
AMD CPU Generating Way More System Load Than Intel Xeon CPU? kresyzig Programming 1 10-11-2010 10:35 AM
cpu frequency scaling with Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz tramni1980 Slackware 5 08-16-2009 09:29 AM
Pentium IV CPU frequency on Ubuntu Dapper? fyhuang Linux - Hardware 3 06-10-2006 06:03 PM
Do Kernel support the new Pentium D CPU ? skouket Linux - Hardware 2 07-05-2005 10:34 AM
CPU frequency scaling on Pentium M Khang Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 03-23-2005 07:16 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:03 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