the swap partition is ~150mb.is it enough
yes, maybe too much even?
can you not find cheap ram to double 32 to 64 Mb?
It would make a big difference
DriveReady seek complete error
Maybe a bad sector? Maybe run DSL in text mode and do
an e2fsck -force. Unlikely though...
Try vector if you ever have a chance, it fits all on ~1Gb,
and can do well with old hardware
Slack sounds very good anyway