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Old 06-09-2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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Panasonic Toughbook cf-25 help

hi, i am fairly new to Linux, but i have tried n successfully run Ubuntu and a few other distros on a few machines. I recently got a panasonic toughbook cf-25 relic and was trying to bring it to life, mostly as an MP3 player. i managed to HD install Puppy, DSL, and Feather Linux all with some problems. BTW no networking capabilities, i have burned every thing to get anything on the HD of this machine

puppy was the best as far as hardware recognition, but the worst performer... very slow as if it wasn't using any ram but rather a ram disk while loading off of the HD in turn i couldn't even get Xine to load

DSL was a great performer but i could not find the appropriate ALSA drivers to run the sound... puppy ran it with an ALSA legacy driver.. not automatically though

Feather seemed great on CD, once HD installed i never got past the boot and into X i tried many things from lilo config to grub options, i saw many post on hd install probs so i gave up on that one.

i am about to try Slax tonight to see if it may run, but im posting this to see if anyone out there has a good recommendations on which distro i should use, i do have windows ME on another HD but it runs choppy after a bit so i looked to Linux

thanks in advanced
Old 06-10-2008, 01:43 PM   #2
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As you probably hate computers, it's hard to suggest a distro that is both relatively easy to use, and will do what you want in a relatively small amount of space. By the way, how much HD space and RAM memory have you got to work with, and what is the CPU in that machine?

I will suggest Slax or Slackware anyhow. Note that (AFAIK) Slax will not install to the hard disk. It was/is last I checked a Live CD only.

A minimal Slackware install and a command-line audio player would almost definitely be appropriate (though you can maybe run a light desktop environment like XFCE or similar), but if you haven't a lot of Linux experience, or time to devote, Slackware may become the bane of your existence

Best of luck bringing new life to the old machine

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oh yeah specs 12 gig hd 63mb ram (i have a fitting 256 chip but doesn't recognize) P1 167mhz. i downloaded deli, gentoo, and mu linux, but i cant seem to get past the dos looking screens usually it will just say "#" or "root#". thanks Bob

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Old 06-10-2008, 04:07 PM   #4
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Ok cool, well those specs will contain a Slackware installation-- though I am NOT SURE about a P1 CPU; you would need to check on that ( If you decide to try this out, I am not sure whether to suggest Slackware 11 or Slackware 12.x but I run 11. The reason for being unsure is that with an OLD computer, a super-new distro *might* have troubles with some of your older hardware. This is just speculation, but someone else may be able to provide more insight or opinions.

When you do the install (of whatever distro) many will by default boot up into a NON-Graphical runlevel; meaning that you will start off at the black DOS-like screen with a login prompt.

The general idea here is logging in as root, then type "startx" or "telinit 4" which should start up the graphical X server (which provides a graphical login for users after they have accounts).

NOTE - Some distros use "telinit 5" or "telinit 3" but most common is 4. Slackware will start the X server with "telinit 4".

Now, you should be at the desktop, where you can make a user account, or whatever suits you to do next.

For a desktop environment, Slackware offers a selection. You may not want to pick KDE, as it is the biggest, most full featured; it is good, but very heavy-weight on your slow machine. Up to you, but I would select XFCE when I got to that part of the install.

Best of luck, whatever you try

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Old 06-10-2008, 10:38 PM   #5
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Please post your thread in only one forum. Posting a single thread in the most relevant forum will make it easier for members to help you and will keep the discussion in one place. This thread is being closed because it is a duplicate.

Mod Note: I'm closing this since this has also been posted in the Laptop subforum. Just for future reference, if you post a thread in forum "A" but later decide it would be better in forum "B", the best recommendation would be to just click on the 'Report' button, and ask a moderator to move it. That way the original thread will be transferred over to the new forum, and it eliminates the need to create (or close ) a duplicate

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