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Old 08-31-2004, 06:44 PM   #1
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Old System, doesnt like RH9

I have an old Dell that has been sitting around useless for a couple years now. In an effort to revive it I attempted to install Red Hat 9, only to find that accessing menu's, and basically doing anything took far too long to make it useful. I am a novice Linux user and absolutely LOVE the OS, but need to figure out what flavor will run best. The Specs are as follows:

P2 400mhz
256mb PC 100 Ram
ATI 128 Rage Pro

No clue what else, it has been a long long time since I looked deep into that machine. Alternately I might try installing it on a Celeron 667 system with around 700mb ram (unknown speed) but that would take a lot of effort that I honestly don't feel like exhibiting (I have a lazy rep to keep hehe).

Any Ideas?

Old 08-31-2004, 06:57 PM   #2
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hi JeremicaM, i'm running freebsd currently on a virtually identical system (specs wise, with what you provided) w/no problems. i have also run redhat 9, mandrake 8.1, 9.1, and slackware 9.0, 9.1, on this same machine, w/out problems. have you had a look at the services that run at boot? it could be that they are dragging system performance down. you may also want to look at a "lighter" window manager, fluxbox comes to mind. my final advice would be try as many distros, window managers, etc. as you have time and patience for. you'll almost certainly find something that fits.
good luck.
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Great Feedback! Does anyone know what specific processess I need just to start this puppy? Or can someone point me to a list?
Old 09-01-2004, 03:45 PM   #4
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Ditto, great comments Peacedog.

JeremicaM if you are looking for a list of distros you might want to try, I'd recommend either LQ ISO or LinuxISO As Peacedog said, try a variety, and I'll guarantee that one of them will stand out as best meeting your needs and preferences. Good luck with it and Welcome to LQ -- J.W.


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