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Old 03-17-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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Question Reuse Gateway GX-400


Hi,
I am now considering reusing an old Gateway GX-400 desktop to use for Linux. It has the Intel Celeron board and everythig else in it. I included some other RAM from a Gateway essential and added it to fill all the slots. It has a 10 GB hard drive. What version of Linux would you recommend to a person with these specifications? (I want the OS to look like a Mac).

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Old 03-17-2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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Ok. Let's assume for a second that you aren't just trolling...

If you want your system to "look like a mac", you probably want KDE. In order for it to take advantage of all the fancy graphical features so it "looks like a mac" you will need a video card with 3d acceleration support. Something tells me your old GX400 may not be the best bet. Having said all that, I would give Linux Mint KDE a shot and see what happens. The performance isn't going to be great, but you shouldn't be expecting it to be on a ~1Ghz Celeron.

If you like the look of the mac so much, just buy a mac.
 
Old 03-17-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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The Celeron chip should be okay. It might be a little slow with KDE, compared to a window manager such as Fluxbox.

However, the 10 GB hard drive is going to get awfully small once you start installing additional programs and putting data in your home folder.

Most full-featured Linux distros seem want four to five GB space for the installation these days. I have a CentOS/Gnome installation in VirtualBox with no additional software on it and the virtual dynamic hard disk file is about 4.5 GBs right now.

I'd get a new primary hard drive and demote the 10GB one to a slave.
 
Old 03-18-2011, 05:11 AM   #5
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The Celeron chip should be okay. It might be a little slow with KDE, compared to a window manager such as Fluxbox.

However, the 10 GB hard drive is going to get awfully small once you start installing additional programs and putting data in your home folder.

Most full-featured Linux distros seem want four to five GB space for the installation these days. I have a CentOS/Gnome installation in VirtualBox with no additional software on it and the virtual dynamic hard disk file is about 4.5 GBs right now.

I'd get a new primary hard drive and demote the 10GB one to a slave.
I agree if you have 1 gig of memory, I saw ide 40 gig hds used for sale locally here for 5 USD. If memory is less than 1 gig I would consider another desktop environment other than kde.
 
Old 03-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #6
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Let me revise the name typo. It is a G6-400 Same specs wanted like before, but I want a new USB reader for one of the 3.5" drive spaces. And what specs should I look for in the video-card. I am wondering if the is supposed to be a 4 pin motherboard connector. If so or not, then could I use a new power supply on it? If I could, how much wattage would I need for the power supply?

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Old 03-18-2011, 08:09 PM   #7
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Exclamation REDO on the whole story

Let me take the story from the top:
My computer that I am trying to use Linux on is a Gateway G6-400 with a 10 GB hard drive and the original floppy and DVD drive. I want to use additional parts that are useable from an old Gateway Essential which consists of: the hard drive, the floppy drives, and the DVD drives. I want to use a OS that looks like a Mac (I am thinking about either Ubuntu or Xubutu). It doesn't have a 4 pin MB connector. Does this mean I can't change the power supply on the machine, or is the computer able to use the PSU without the 4 pin connector? How much wattage would I need?!!! And what Graphics card should I upgrade to for this computer? I want to do basic tasks and play these three games: Wizard101, FreeRealms, and Fusion Fall. All of the internet I want to connect over a network wirelessly. PLEASE HELP!!!!!
 
Old 03-18-2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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Try SalixOS xfce4, lxde, or fluxbox
http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php?title=Download

or ArchBang Openbox
http://archbang.org/
 
  


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