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Old 01-28-2008, 06:09 AM   #1
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Could linux run on this?

That's the hardware a friend give to me:

CPU: Pentium 1 133mhz
RAM: 32 MB
Graphic: SIS 6202 (probably 2 MB of Ram)
Audio: ALS120 (?)

I would try to put a very small Graphical desktop on it, but with damnsmall and deli I get errors from the monitor about signal non playable (Maybe is not the right verb, sorry, my english is always worse). Win98 runs and shows the desktop, so I think is not a monitor problem, and then I think that linux can't run on this machine. Is there other distro I could try, or some driver I should use or something else should help me? Even a greeting is accepted
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It should run just fine on there. Technically DSL should work, maybe xorg was not configure properly, try booting it in expert mode or something. Maybe you can try Puppy linux on there. If you want to install something, try Debian or Slackware, but don't use KDE or GNOME, they will definitely not work, and probably neither will XFCE. Only fluxbox or blackbox or even less bloated than that.
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Originally Posted by sloteel View Post
I get errors from the monitor about signal non playable
Past millennium card, so should be catered for. But saying "I get errors" won't help: we like to see *exact* error messages, preferably with relevant output of something like "egrep "(EE|WW)" /var/log/X*.log" and posting /etc/X11/X*.conf.
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Have you considered a distribution based on The XFace Graphical user interface such as Xubuntu or even Deblian with the Xfce or window-maker Guis.
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Try a lower resolution and color depth for your video display.. I installed Debian on similar hardware and had to lower the display settings quite a bit to get X working before the video card ran out of that 2MB of RAM..

try 16 Bit 800x600 or 640x480 (check what the display settings you are using in Windows are ..)
I just ran into a monitor a couple weeks ago that was VGA and wouldn't display anything higher than 640x480..
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Well, this was the issue: the card works until 800x600x16bits, but the monitor I use for the test (a barely new compaq 1706) can't run so low in resolution. I fixed this using an old trust cm-2028, my eyes are bleeding for the radiations but it works!
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800 x 600 x 2 byte depth = 960KB. It's possible you could get better resolution if your card is 2MB. Check the config file /etc/X11/xorg.conf for a line like

Load "dbe"

This is the double-buffer extension which (I guess) will double video memory requirements, bringing your 800x600 mode up to nearly the full 2MB. Try commenting this line out (put a '#' at the beginning of the line) and restarting. You might get 1024x768x16bit (about 1.57MB) or even 1152x864x16bit (about 1.99MB).


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