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Old 05-07-2002, 10:37 AM   #1
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good distro for an old laptop


Hi All,

I have an old laptop that I'd like to install linux on. I tried redhat 7.2, but upon install it gave a "not enough RAM" error. Any ideas? I have a cdrom that is connected via a pcmcia card, so I would need support for that too. What about FreeBSD? Thanks.

Jon
 
Old 05-07-2002, 11:37 AM   #2
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Some specs on the laptop would be useful !!
 
Old 05-07-2002, 12:14 PM   #3
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90MHz Intel
16 Megs of RAM
1.5 gig HD
pcmcia cdrom
internal floppy

I'm going to try redhat 6.2 and see how that goes. I'll let you know.

Jon
 
Old 05-08-2002, 07:27 AM   #4
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If you can, try to bump the RAM up to at least 32MB. I know with older lappies that's a tough problem. Sometimes you can install the RAM but it won't be recognized without a BIOS upgrade. I was fortunate with my IBM TP365XD in that the BIOS was upgradeable and I could bump up to 72MB. Linux os great on these older little guys -- if you can get by the install.
 
Old 05-08-2002, 08:47 AM   #5
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Have you thought about something like Slackware?
 
Old 05-09-2002, 01:22 PM   #6
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Well I tried Redhat 6.2. I downloaded the pcmcia.img file to a floppy and booted from that. It loaded the install screen and I got past the language and keyboard questions. It then proceeds to say "loading pcmcia devices" and then asks where are the files located for installation, but all that is listed is "HardDrive". No cdrom at all. Perhaps my pcmcia cdrom isn't supported? Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.

Jon
 
Old 05-09-2002, 02:21 PM   #7
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At the risk of sounding like a smart***, get a more recent distro. But seriously, a more recent <any> distro, will have better installation support. I would recommend you peruse the major distro sites (RedHat, Mandrake, Slackware,etc) and search for PCMCIA CDRom support on install.
 
Old 05-09-2002, 02:59 PM   #8
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I tried redhat 7.2, but I didn't have the 32 meg RAM requirement. I only have 16. Is there a way to trick 7.2 to thinking I have 32? I don't want to install X. Thanks.

Jon
 
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I didn't see it in your original post, but have you tried the "Text" mode install?
 
Old 05-10-2002, 11:14 PM   #10
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I would say you should totally go with slackware. I would try Slackware 8 with kernel 2.2.19. You don't need much ram to install it and you can really cut down the installation to be small and fast. I am not sure about the pcmcia cdrom drive though. If you have another linux / unix machine that is an NFS server, and you ahve a pcmcia network card you can do an NFS install. That is how I always install slackware. It is very fast and conveniant. Check their website for more info.
 
  


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