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Old 01-08-2015, 10:24 PM   #1
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Wink Which distribution should I download for my Dell Latitude C610 laptop with Intel P3?


Its been as many as 10 years since I last tried to install a Linux distribution and I remember scanning through long lists of compatible components and was considering building a desktop with parts on the list but ran out of steam or free time. Do all modern distr's autodetect the components?
 
Old 01-08-2015, 10:29 PM   #2
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In my experience, component detection has worked quite well. (My last PIII died about three years ago.)

Why not try booting to a Live CD of something as a test?
 
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:13 AM   #3
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Thanks I'll give that a try. Completely installing something and having it not work can really take the wind out of your sails!
 
Old 01-10-2015, 09:41 AM   #4
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Personally I would give a try to "TinyCoreLinux" and "Antix". Perhaps others from "http://distrowatch.com/search.php?category=Old+Computers".
"TinyCoreLinux" is a bit hardcore but an old PC is anyway a bit hardcore... ha ha ha.
Forget "lxle" "lubuntu" (my recommendation; you can try it; it was not quick enough for my HP7100 P4).
"Crunchbang" "Puppy" I already tested: not bad at all.. just for any reason I did not stay with them.
 
Old 01-10-2015, 10:32 AM   #5
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In my opinion if you have a good internet connection that allows unlimited download then download a bunch of distros that offers a live version (nowadays most do). I really have faced problems with the graphics driver. Nvidia always had an issue with that. If your live distribution works well you might go for a full installation process. Also I would like to suggest to use a distro which has a long time support. You never know whether the next version will support all the drivers out of box. In that distros like Fedora is not recommended.

TinyCore is a good distro provided you have the patience to install every essentials manually. I suggest Debian or centos is worth trying. Searching the net you might get the previous version of these distros.

Good Luck!!!
 
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:36 AM   #6
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I installed debian and my sound card wouldn't work.
So then I had to find a site which referred to the exact sound card with a dependable solution to the problem. Thankfully, I found it.

These sites allow you to check compatibility of your hardware with each distro: http://www.linux-drivers.org/ http://www.linux.com/news/hardware/d...-find-out-here

A linux 'live' distro is probably the best way to check it out though.
But it would be good if there was a site you could put your hardware details in and it automatically told you what distros you could use!
 
Old 01-10-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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Hi.

+1 for trying lots and http://distrowatch.com/search.php?ca...=Old+Computers ...

I just installed KateOS-6.3 (outdated) but on an old low spec T20 with no networking so I don't need to worry about (nightmarishly) updating its security (it is so sweet. ) I would not recommend running old distros on the net and there's no need these days http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightwe...x_distribution ...
Best wishes and have fun.

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Old 01-10-2015, 12:06 PM   #8
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AntiX is the one for you. It recommends a Pentium II with 128MB of RAM, so you should be OK. That's the original version of AntiX, not the MX one.

Tiny Core is not suitable. It is intended to create small custom systems, such as embedded ones. It runs in RAM, so it is not suitable for a computer with a limited memory. For example, AntiX runs the Midori browser on a 128MB computer, but TC needs 182MB to do it! In fact, every package you install takes up RAM, even when it's not in use: TC assumes you will only need a couple of items.
 
Old 01-10-2015, 12:21 PM   #9
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one for you
One for me would never do. I like a Debian-netinst then apt or aptitude (can use the Debian DVDs with)
Code:
apt-cdrom add
make(or pun) your environments up for your needs.

"Reason for Editing:"

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Old 01-10-2015, 04:37 PM   #10
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How much memory do you have installed, it maxes out at 1Gig. Just barely enough to run gnome3, although it will run great with debian xfce.
Or you can go with the light weight distro's such as Antix or puppy.
 
  


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