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Old 04-04-2009, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hey, I just got an older model computer and it has no OS at all. It does go to the BIOS, but after that nothing. I am currently using my wifes computer, so I dont want to download anything that would take the place of the OS here. I need something that I can burn to a CD and take to my computer.... The computer I just got is an Acer Model# 5133sb Extension 2346 I dont know if that helps, but I dont have a way to burn a floppy. The Acer does have a CD drive though. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. I just need an operating system to get started. Thanks, Mike.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 12:24 AM   #2
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Download a Linux distro iso, burn it to CDROM, and install it. Pretty much any distro will do, just pick one that interests you.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 01:54 AM   #3
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Start by looking at top 10 on distrowatch.com
 
Old 04-04-2009, 02:43 AM   #4
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Make sure when you burn the iso that you burn it as an image and not as a file. If you open the burnt disk and you see the file whatever.iso, you have burnt it as a file and it will not work.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 09:25 AM   #5
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Hey, I just got an older model computer and it has no OS at all. It does go to the BIOS, but after that nothing. I am currently using my wifes computer, so I dont want to download anything that would take the place of the OS here. I need something that I can burn to a CD and take to my computer.... The computer I just got is an Acer Model# 5133sb Extension 2346 I dont know if that helps, but I dont have a way to burn a floppy. The Acer does have a CD drive though. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. I just need an operating system to get started. Thanks, Mike.
This board also has a download section. It's on the upper right screen, in the "Main Menu": Download Linux.

As another poster stated, http://www.distrowatch.com/ is good also.
I'd recommend LiveCD's as this is a somewhat older computer, and you can try the OS from the CD without having to go through a lengthy install process to find one that works well.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 10:52 AM   #6
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There are some distros that work especially well on older machines. I'm thinking puppy, damn small and vector off the top of my head. These may not have all the bells and whistles of some of the bigger distros but if you are looking for something that runs quick on old hardware and does all the basics, this would be a good place to start.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 01:18 PM   #7
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This link suggests your laptop may have only 16MB of RAM.

http://www.wimsbios.com/phpBB2/topic6121.html

If that is the case, you are quite restricted in terms of which linux distributions you can use. You could try Damn Small Linux:

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Ram is dirt cheap, if you can max it out at some higher RAM value, many more distributions become options.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 04:05 PM   #8
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A P133 with 16 MB won't be much fun with any modern distro, I don't think.... ;/
 
  


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