I think you mean its a 300 MHz not 30MHz.
Well since you are on dial up, I would suggest that you get a copy of Knoppix or some other live CD. I use knoppix, while at work to test leach differnt laptop I work on to see if it will run. Check out www.distrowatch.com,
there you will find a link to a cd vendor.
You could roll the dice and purchase Suse 9.1 , .9.2 and install it from the CD's. I got my brother running Suse 9.2, so far he has not called me for help! I would suggest www.linux-on-laptops.com
but it seems that the two post for you type of notebook are now broken links.
The IRC channels can be tough, I really hate the RTFM responses..