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Old 10-15-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Which Linux for my old laptop


Hello

I'm complexly a green novato (newbie in Spanish) when it comes to Linux,

I started to do my own intense research and I was amazed to find out that I was completely naive and very isolated about Linux. I always thought Linux was for a specialized skill set of programmers and monasteries geeks. No disrespect to anyone.

In todayís dimension, I realized that everyone could learn and use Linux with ease.
Not like the old days of terminal and long syntax commands. Iím a master of DOS but when it comes to Linux is like I discover another civilization.

My odyssey started based on TWO factors:
No monetary spending on a new laptop in finding out which Free linux OS is compatible.

One recommendation, was to research the WWW for information on the different Linux distributions and find out which one is more compatible for my old Win 98 laptop.

I started with UBuntu, using the simple task of a Pen drive installation. I was shock to see, the ease of the installation and booting process. Even on my old laptop, even "the bio is oldĒ.

Does that implicate that it will work on a full installation?
In actually, it was my first time, ever in my life using Linux.
I love it and Iím stuck to it!
Definitely, Iím having second thoughts about any Windows OS, from now on.

Here is my next venture:
Installing a new full Linux OS directly into the hard drive,
Which Linux is compatible? I found out on the Mandreke web site; apparently, someone already is using that version of Linux on the same laptop specifications that I own.

I ask our honorary members, Is mandrake a LT installer or is more Heavy and complex and less user ďfriendlyĒ LINUX OS?
Remember, Iím just a Novato, asking humble questions.

Here are the specifications of my old laptop

Averatec 7100 17 inch 2006
Wifi
AMD Sempra
180G
4Mg memory
Four USb ports, one parallel
RG-45 and RJ-11
ATI video card-6meg
OS Windows 98 professional.

God speed to everyone and any suggestions and hints will be appreciated.

Respectfully
Red Pope

PS

My most sincere compliments, to the Linux community, who kept Linux free! One Million Gracias! (Thank You)
Surely you made a new Linux convert out of me.
Still, I'm very hungry for knowledge about Linux and I intend to immerse myself into some serious studying about Linux.
Since I got the time.
 
Old 10-15-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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Good for you, and let's hope you find your ideal distro! First of all, I do hope you have more than 4Mg memory :-).
Your question must be just about the most popular question ever asked on any Linux forum! And I doubt it ever gets a decisive answer... There could be dozens of them that *might* work on your laptop. I notice you don't seem to have a CDROM, so your first consideration is to have a distro that comes on the USB - which you have already noticed. Other distros that should be able to handle older h/w are: Puppy Linux, Mint, Knoppix. But there are so many more... If Mandrake works for somebody else - try it! Or indeed try each one of them in turn, and decide for yourself. But do enjoy it!
 
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:39 AM   #3
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Alinas

Thank You for your prompt reply and advise.

I was reading some of the forum reviews on Mandreke; and I found their Linux experience, a bit intimidating, complex and frustrating. Yet, is all about the distribution updates and version.

My decision was influence on not what to do. My best choice is to start with a light Linux.
The old laptop does have a DVD r/w CDROM.
Sorry! I forgot to mention it.

I will post my learning curve and progress.

Respectfully
RedPope

I will try Ubuntu first, it work for me on a USB, yet I had no sound on my old laptop.
 
Old 10-16-2012, 02:56 AM   #4
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can use mint and bodhi linux as well.
 
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:59 AM   #5
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Linux mint is a very easy to use distribution with very little 'learning' to be done.
 
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:52 AM   #6
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Thanks again to everyone

Currently, I'm downloading the light version of ubuntu. I will be burning the ISO into my DVD drive disk. I'll be booting ubuntu from the CD ROM not the USB. Lets see, the final results and what complex issues will rise. I'm experimenting with all the boot-able devices, before going hard core in formatting the hard drive.

Thank You again
REDPOPE
 
Old 10-16-2012, 05:14 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by REDPOPE View Post
One recommendation, was to research the WWW for information on the different Linux distributions and find out which one is more compatible for my old Win 98 laptop.

Averatec 7100 17 inch 2006
Wifi
AMD Sempra
180G
4Mg memory
Four USb ports, one parallel
RG-45 and RJ-11
ATI video card-6meg
OS Windows 98 professional.
If its a 2006 laptop, it shouldnt have come with win98, as win98 was declared end of life, out of support in july 2006.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5164450.stm

By the way, there is a neat tool to collect data on the hardwaere you are running with linux, called 'lshw'. I cant remember is lshw is installed by defualt in ubuntu.

Run this command in a terminal-

sudo lshw

Posting the results in 'code' tags (the '#' symbol over the postign area gets you the code tags). Its best to use code tags as it keeps the forum clean.

If you get a 'lshw is not installed' or similar message, this comamnd will install lshw with ubuntu versions-

sudo apt-get install lshw

You should get an output like this-

Code:
description: Desktop Computer
    product: GA-770T-USB3 ()
    vendor: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.4 dmi-2.4 vsyscall32
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop uuid=36434630-3439-3735-3235-3838FFFFFFFF
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: GA-770T-USB3
       vendor: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: Award Software International, Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: F1
          date: 01/06/2010
          size: 128KiB
          capacity: 960KiB
          capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification
     *-cpu
          description: CPU
          product: AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 550 Processor
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 4
          bus info: cpu@0
          version: AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 550 Processor
          slot: Socket M2
          size: 2400MHz
          capacity: 3200MHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 200MHz
          capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp x86-64 3dnowext 3dnow constant_tsc rep_good nopl nonstop_tsc extd_apicid pni monitor cx16 popcnt lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy abm sse4a misalignsse 3dnowprefetch osvw ibs skinit wdt hw_pstate npt lbrv svm_lock nrip_save cpufreq                                                            
        *-cache:0                                                                                                        
             description: L1 cache                                                                                       
             physical id: a                                                                                              
             slot: Internal Cache                                                                                        
             size: 128KiB
             capacity: 128KiB
             capabilities: synchronous internal write-back
        *-cache:1
             description: L3 cache
             physical id: c
             slot: External Cache
             size: 512KiB
             capacity: 512KiB
             capabilities: synchronous internal write-back
     *-cache
          description: L1 cache
          physical id: b
          slot: Internal Cache
          size: 128KiB
          capacity: 128KiB
          capabilities: synchronous internal write-back
     *-memory
          description: System Memory
          physical id: 25
          slot: System board or motherboard
          size: 4GiB
        *-bank:0
             description: DIMM 1800 MHz (0.6 ns)
             physical id: 0
             slot: A0
             size: 2GiB
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 1800MHz (0.6ns)
        *-bank:1
             description: DIMM 1800 MHz (0.6 ns)
             physical id: 1
             slot: A1
             size: 2GiB
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 1800MHz (0.6ns)
        *-bank:2
             description: DIMM 1800 MHz (0.6 ns) [empty]
             physical id: 2
             slot: A2
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 1800MHz (0.6ns)
        *-bank:3
             description: DIMM 1800 MHz (0.6 ns) [empty]
             physical id: 3
             slot: A3
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 1800MHz (0.6ns)
     *-pci:0
          description: Host bridge
          product: RX780/RX790 Chipset Host Bridge
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: 00
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 66MHz
          configuration: latency=32
          resources: memory:0-1fffffff
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port A)
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:40 ioport:e000(size=4096) memory:f8000000-fbffffff ioport:d0000000(size=268435456)
           *-display
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: G84 [GeForce 8600 GT]
                vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                version: a1
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
                resources: irq:18 memory:fa000000-faffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:f8000000-f9ffffff ioport:ef00(size=128) memory:fb000000-fb01ffff
        *-pci:1
             description: PCI bridge
             product: RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port E)
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 9
             bus info: pci@0000:00:09.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:41 ioport:d000(size=4096) memory:fda00000-fdafffff ioport:fdf00000(size=1048576)
           *-usb
                description: USB controller
                product: uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller
                vendor: NEC Corporation
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
                version: 03
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi msix pciexpress xhci bus_master cap_list
                configuration: driver=xhci_hcd latency=0
                resources: irq:17 memory:fdafe000-fdafffff
        *-pci:2
             description: PCI bridge
             product: RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port F)
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: a
             bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:42 ioport:c000(size=4096) memory:fde00000-fdefffff ioport:fdd00000(size=1048576)
           *-network
                description: Ethernet interface
                product: RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
                vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
                logical name: eth0
                version: 03
                serial: 6c:f0:49:75:25:88
                size: 100Mbit/s
                capacity: 1Gbit/s
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
                configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=full firmware=rtl_nic/rtl8168d-2.fw ip=192.168.1.1 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
                resources: irq:43 ioport:ce00(size=256) memory:fddff000-fddfffff memory:fddf8000-fddfbfff memory:fdd00000-fdd1ffff
        *-storage
             description: SATA controller
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 11
             bus info: pci@0000:00:11.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: storage pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ahci latency=32
             resources: irq:22 ioport:ff00(size=8) ioport:fe00(size=4) ioport:fd00(size=8) ioport:fc00(size=4) ioport:fb00(size=16) memory:fe02f000-fe02f3ff
        *-usb:0
             description: USB controller
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 12
             bus info: pci@0000:00:12.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ohci bus_master
             configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32
             resources: irq:16 memory:fe02e000-fe02efff
        *-usb:1
             description: USB controller
             product: SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 12.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:12.1
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ohci bus_master
             configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32
             resources: irq:16 memory:fe02d000-fe02dfff
        *-usb:2
             description: USB controller
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 12.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:12.2
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=32
             resources: irq:17 memory:fe02c000-fe02c0ff
        *-usb:3
             description: USB controller
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 13
             bus info: pci@0000:00:13.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ohci bus_master
             configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32
             resources: irq:18 memory:fe02b000-fe02bfff
        *-usb:4
             description: USB controller
             product: SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 13.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:13.1
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ohci bus_master
             configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32
             resources: irq:18 memory:fe02a000-fe02afff
        *-usb:5
             description: USB controller
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 13.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:13.2
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=32
             resources: irq:19 memory:fe029000-fe0290ff
        *-serial UNCLAIMED
             description: SMBus
             product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 14
             bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
             version: 3c
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ht cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
        *-ide
             description: IDE interface
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 14.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:14.1
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ide msi bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pata_atiixp latency=32
             resources: irq:16 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:fa00(size=16)
        *-multimedia
             description: Audio device
             product: SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 14.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:14.2
             version: 00
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=32
             resources: irq:16 memory:fe024000-fe027fff
        *-isa
             description: ISA bridge
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 14.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: isa bus_master
             configuration: latency=0
        *-pci:3
             description: PCI bridge
             product: SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 14.4
             bus info: pci@0000:00:14.4
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master vga_palette
             resources: ioport:b000(size=4096) memory:fdc00000-fdcfffff memory:fdb00000-fdbfffff
        *-usb:6
             description: USB controller
             product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 14.5
             bus info: pci@0000:00:14.5
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ohci bus_master
             configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32
             resources: irq:18 memory:fe028000-fe028fff
     *-pci:1
          description: Host bridge
          product: Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 101
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.0
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:2
          description: Host bridge
          product: Family 10h Processor Address Map
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 102
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.1
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:3
          description: Host bridge
          product: Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 103
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.2
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:4
          description: Host bridge
          product: Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 104
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.3
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=k10temp
          resources: irq:0
     *-pci:5
          description: Host bridge
          product: Family 10h Processor Link Control
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 105
          bus info: pci@0000:00:18.4
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-scsi:0
          physical id: 1
          logical name: scsi2
          capabilities: emulated
        *-disk
             description: ATA Disk
             product: ST380811AS
             vendor: Seagate
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/sda
             version: 3.AA
             serial: 3PS0GL6K
             size: 74GiB (80GB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=b1a6b1a6
           *-volume:0
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sda1
                logical name: /
                version: 1.0
                serial: 39202892-23b0-4336-941e-d4b0aa42bdd4
                size: 6656MiB
                capacity: 6656MiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2011-07-18 18:29:35 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-10-16 15:19:55 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered mounted=2012-10-16 15:19:55 state=mounted
           *-volume:1
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sda2
                logical name: /home
                version: 1.0
                serial: 7fc8684f-01b5-4ff4-ac9f-b6dfd91841d5
                size: 64GiB
                capacity: 64GiB
                capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2011-07-18 18:26:41 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/home modified=2012-10-16 15:20:01 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered mounted=2012-10-16 15:20:01 state=mounted
           *-volume:2
                description: Linux swap volume
                physical id: 3
                bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,3
                logical name: /dev/sda3
                version: 1
                serial: 8a72b8ac-68cc-4c49-bd1b-df16130a16cd
                size: 4GiB
                capacity: 4GiB
                capabilities: primary nofs swap initialized
                configuration: filesystem=swap pagesize=4096
     *-scsi:1
          physical id: 2
          logical name: scsi3
          capabilities: emulated
        *-cdrom
             description: DVD-RAM writer
             product: DRW-2014L1T
             vendor: ASUS
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/cdrom1
             logical name: /dev/cdrw1
             logical name: /dev/dvd1
             logical name: /dev/dvdrw1
             logical name: /dev/sr0
             version: 1.00
             capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
             configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
     *-scsi:2
          physical id: 3
          logical name: scsi5
          capabilities: emulated
        *-disk
             description: ATA Disk
             product: WDC WD10EADS-00L
             vendor: Western Digital
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/sdb
             version: 01.0
             serial: WD-WCAU4A385613
             size: 931GiB (1TB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=000141ed
           *-volume:0
                description: EXT4 volume
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sdb1
                version: 1.0
                serial: 4ac2392c-8f94-42cb-9c79-6668797bdaa9
                size: 19GiB
                capacity: 19GiB
                capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                configuration: created=2011-03-03 00:39:27 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-03-13 21:55:58 mounted=2012-03-13 22:02:51 state=clean
           *-volume:1
                description: Extended partition
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sdb2
                size: 912GiB
                capacity: 912GiB
                capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
              *-logicalvolume:0
                   description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                   physical id: 5
                   logical name: /dev/sdb5
                   capacity: 3906MiB
                   capabilities: nofs
              *-logicalvolume:1
                   description: Linux filesystem partition
                   physical id: 6
                   logical name: /dev/sdb6
                   capacity: 74GiB
              *-logicalvolume:2
                   description: Linux filesystem partition
                   physical id: 7
                   logical name: /dev/sdb7
                   capacity: 765GiB
              *-logicalvolume:3
                   description: Linux filesystem partition
                   physical id: 8
                   logical name: /dev/sdb8
                   capacity: 68GiB
Yes, its a lot of info. It lets other forum users know what hardware you are running, without having to guess or dig up specification sheets (which can be very difficult with laptops, theres quite often several versions with the same basic model number).

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Currently, I'm downloading the light version of ubuntu.
Which 'light' version of ubuntu? If its the 'alternate install' version, its not as easy for a beginner as other versions.

Ubuntu itself (not xubuntu, lubuntu or bodhi) will probably have problems on your laptop due to the video adapter. Kubuntu would probably have problems as well.

Xubuntu, lubuntu and bodhi should run. Xubuntu isnt exactly 'light', and while bodhi and lubuntu _seem_ to be quite light, they dont run on low spec machines as well as some other light distros (eg antix, slitaz).

I'd try installing debian over any of the ubuntu versions, except maybe bodhi. Debian Lxde and Xfce versions are IMO lighter than lubuntu and xubuntu.
 
Old 10-16-2012, 07:19 PM   #8
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Good morning everyone an Thank you for your prompt replies.
Good news

I found out and currently using Slako Puppy, on my old laptop. To my own surprise, this distribution supports all the drivers for this old laptop. The setup is easy, I downloaded the windows puppy setup and it was quick doing their thing. All the ports, drivers, sound and video match the specifications of this OLD laptop. Actually I was over doze with happiness, to see a real distribution to run so smooth. The best is windows 98 still there and operational, the booting is awesome and fast. The only issue is the browser, they use sea monkey, I downloaded the real fire fox for puppy and it works.

I thanks Puppy for their diligence, care and dedication in helping the Linux community. For know I'll be testing and running the slako puppy.
Ubuntu LTS is a solid Linux but for older laptops is not compatible. I had to delete ubuntu, totally before SETUP of Slako Puppy. I believe the writer and owner of slako puppy earn my donation. It will happen at the end of the month.

There you have it, 13 hours of jargon reading and meticulous notes and researching, finally is paying off.
For a Linux Novato, I did pretty good. Hopefull someone will benefit from my posting.

God speed to all, this old man is actually very exhausted, but content in accomplished his mission on saving m old laptop from the recycle bin.[COLOR="Silver"]

Last edited by REDPOPE; 10-26-2012 at 05:49 AM.
 
Old 10-16-2012, 07:20 PM   #9
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Good morning everyone and Thank you for your prompt replies.
Good news

I found out and currently using Slako Puppy, on my old laptop. To my own surprise, this distribution supports all the drivers for this old laptop. The setup is easy, I downloaded the windows puppy setup and it was quick doing their thing. All the ports, drivers, sound and video match the specifications of this OLD laptop. Actually I was over doze with happiness, to see a real distribution to run so smooth. The best is windows 98 still there and operational, the booting is awesome and fast. The only issue is the browser, they use sea monkey, I downloaded the real fire fox for puppy and it works.

I thanks Puppy for their diligence, care and dedication in helping the Linux community. For know I'll be testing and running the slako puppy.
Ubuntu LTS is a solid Linux but for older laptops is not compatible. I had to delete ubuntu, totally before SETUP of Slako Puppy. I believe the writer and owner of slako puppy earn my donation. It will happen at the end of the month.

There you have it, 13 hours of jargon reading and meticulous notes and researching, finally is paying off.
For a Linux Novato, I did pretty good. Hopefull someone will benefit from my posting.

God speed to all, this old man is actually very exhausted, but content in accomplished his mission on saving m old laptop from the recycle bin.
 
Old 10-16-2012, 11:45 PM   #10
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I have an old Toshiba Satellite like this...
512M Ram
DVD
it even has a floppy drive.
36g hard drive
wifi
it was running XP

I put Xubuntu on it and have had no problems with it. It runs fine. I use it only as a Linux test machine to play with. I have another laptop I run Mint on.
 
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:29 AM   #11
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I know you're new to Linux, but here's a recommendation you might find shocking...

Slackware

Yes, Slackware isn't for the feint of heart and does require some extra hands-on approaches, but honestly, if you want to start out on Linux the right way, learn Linux from a Linux distribution that doesn't try to be all fancy-pants and posh.

Slackware is possibly very easy to use for beginners, and only requires reading documentation, some patience, and a willingness to learn everything you can. Few problems exist on Slackware and if problems are found they are quickly remedied. It is a system where everything works the way it should work without a cargo-chip full of patches on each and every package to get it working with minimal stability.
 
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:20 AM   #12
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Before installing any OS on your laptop, you can checkout anyone of your choice LiveCD OS.
Here is a link, I hope it would help you - http://www.livecdlist.com/
 
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:43 PM   #13
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Hello again

Slako still holding,
 
Old 10-17-2012, 02:47 PM   #14
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Hello everyone

Slako still holding nicely, I just finished uploading Libre Office and updating some of ATI drivers provided by an alternative affiliate of Puppy. I'm still reading a lot, I did found out, that by defragging the hard drive more often , it help 100 percent the booting process. I discover that slako puppy is written using the slackware distribution.
I had to adjust the color and tones of the desktop display, using the full benefits of the video card via puppy. Iím able to watch YouTube in crispy colors.

My hardest part, was updating some of the java plugging.
The DVD drive is fully operational; I could now watch movies using the DVD.
Another issue was adobe flash, what a pain in the neck, finally got situated.

My comments, In response to the other members:
@cascade9
I would love to post all the drivers and devices that slacko puppy is using. I don't know, how to invoke them, using the terminal commands. Maybe you could help me?

@Satyaveer Arya
If someone would tell me earlier, maybe my research would be easy. I saved the link in my browser. Thanks again

@ReaperX7
I agree with your comment, I just wanted something useful, with a friendly, simple interface, that was compatible to my laptop. I started to read about slackware and how it started.
Slako puppy is built on slackware distro.

@linuxppop10
I read last night; the owner of Puppy Linux is holding a huge repository of drivers that goes back to 2002. Letís be thankful, he does cares; So guys, like you and me, still and could reuse our laptops.
Knowing all this, I do understand the compatibilities and issues of other Linux versions,. Puppy has a large repositories of other applications compatible to their language.

Respectfully
REDPOPE
 
Old 10-18-2012, 02:57 AM   #15
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Quote:
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Before installing any OS on your laptop, you can checkout anyone of your choice LiveCD OS.
Here is a link, I hope it would help you - http://www.livecdlist.com/
Dotn forget that liveCDs run slightly to a huge amount slower than a real install.

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@cascade9
I would love to post all the drivers and devices that slacko puppy is using. I don't know, how to invoke them, using the terminal commands. Maybe you could help me?
This command will list your loaded modules

lsmod

'l'ist 's'how 'mod'ules. Similar to 'l'ist 's'how 'h'ard'w'are- lshw.

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@ReaperX7
I agree with your comment, I just wanted something useful, with a friendly, simple interface, that was compatible to my laptop. I started to read about slackware and how it started.
Slako puppy is built on slackware distro.
Slacko puppy might be built from slackware packages, but slackware it is not. It does things the puppy way, not the slackware way.

I'm sure that ReaperX7 could give you a better and more detailed explaination.

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