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Old 11-04-2007, 01:22 PM   #1
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Dell latitude 233/64 - optimistic?


I've been trying all weekend to find a lightweight distro for an old laptop I'm trying to ressucitate. So far I've tried Puppy, TinyMe, Sam, Feather and now I'm onto Zenwalk.

Am I being overly-optimistic in trying to find a Linux distro suitable for running with a 233mhz chip and 64mb of RAM?

The issues I've been having vary between non recognition of my network, to no sound card, to simply stopping mid install.

I'm looking for suggestions or hints on what my next move should be. Could it be throwing time for the old gal?

Pauly
 
Old 11-04-2007, 01:34 PM   #2
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I have read articles in this site of computers running on a lot less. I am not saying they installed a distro and everything worked. I am sure on one that old that you will have to install a few drivers - network - modem and maybe video. Do a search of Google and you will find numerous articles.
 
Old 11-06-2007, 11:41 AM   #3
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I would reccomend you give debian a try (I would suggest that - I use it ). It will run on a system with low requirements like those, but not as fast as it would on a newer system. Try it with a minimal window manager like fluxbox, and don't use the Desktop Environment option in the installation. This wastes precious disk space. If you do decide to chuck the laptop, I will happily have it .
 
Old 11-06-2007, 12:03 PM   #4
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_Small_Linux
 
Old 11-07-2007, 02:37 PM   #5
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Hi guys. After trying without success to install all the mini-distros, I settled on Zenwalk. Damn Small Linux corrupts my graphics somehow and I don't think I've enough RAM for TinyMe or TinyFlux (which I'm gutted at, tbh, being the PCLinuxOS fan that I am)

My favourite of the mini-distro bunch is Puppy, but for some reason it fails the installation at the 'writing Grub to MBR' stage. That's a pity because it's the only one that sees my network usb cards stright out the box.
 
Old 06-14-2009, 01:04 PM   #6
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Dell lattitude 233

DSL will work fine,
you need to change your xorg.conf to read 16 instead of 24 for display
and change driver to vesa.

I like Midnight Commander so I install it but you can use nano ymmv.


su root
apt-get install mc
mc /etc/X11/xorg.conf

I got it running fine on my lattitude M233XT though it took quite awhile to figure out the display and sound gave me fits too,but all is well now.
 
Old 06-14-2009, 01:51 PM   #7
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You may want to give Slackware a go.
I've installed it on some real clunkers with success -- e.g., 486 and 32MB RAM. The key is to select the installation packages appropriately.

On a 486 CPU machine, I left X out and used console apps for e-mai (mutt) and web surfing (links).
My web site (link below) has some info regarding installation issues and workarounds on some old hw.
 
Old 06-14-2009, 05:10 PM   #8
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damn small linux

Try the suggestion mentioned in an earlier post on this thread concerning the configuration of Xorg from the command line.

Also try posting your question to the help forum at the damn small linux website forum:

http://damnsmalllinux.org/cgi-bin/forums/ikonboard.cgi

Here is a documentation wiki for DSL:

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

There are many "cheat codes" you can use when you boot DSL that might accomplish the xorg suggestion given above without changing xorg.conf at the command line.

Here is a help mailling list:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/DAMNSMALLLINUX/

Here is help for installing grub:

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i...nstalling_Grub

Here is an E-book for DSL that is supposed to be pretty comprehensive:

http://thinkvast.org/content/17


As for tiny linux, RAM is not your problem, as it uses far less than even DSL.


For another distro to try, MEPIS antix, though it will require the use of swap space if you only have 64 MB ram:

http://antix.mepis.org/index.php/Main_Page

Since you like PCLinuxOS, try tinyme, baed on PCLinuxOS, will run in 64 MB RAM I think:

http://tinymelinux.com/

If Zenwalk works for you, great!

Here is the puppy linux manual:

http://www.puppylinux.org/manual

Here are their community links:

http://www.puppylinux.org/community

Here is puppy linux HD installation directions:

http://www.puppylinux.org/?q=wiki/us...l-installation

You could also create boot disks or use a usb pen drive to boot.

stick with minime or tinyme

Last edited by ehawk; 06-14-2009 at 05:17 PM.
 
Old 06-24-2009, 05:23 PM   #9
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Dell cp m233xt

lots of Distros will run on it...the problem for me was to get the sound to work.
after trying around 20 diff ones,only 2 would get the module configured right.but
Only 1 did it out of the box :vector linux lite 5.9 {slackware based}
DSL {debian based}
is quite a bit faster and sound can be setup easily enough but,
if your looking for a more modern looking shell I'd go with vector.
I just answered yes to all the questions and/or made no changes to its suggestions when prompted.
Debian and Slackware are the best IMHO so you cant go wrong with either of those.
 
Old 06-24-2009, 05:30 PM   #10
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Dell cp m233xt

Just in case your thinking of using DSL 3.4 heres what I did to get it working:

from the terminal

rmmod soundcore
modprobe soundcore
modprobe sound
insmod ad1848
insmod uart401
insmod cs4232 io=0x530 irq=5 dma=1 dma2=0 mpuio=0x330
insmod opl3 io=0x388

check your bios if sound is choppy try half duplex.

good luck and let us know how you fare!!
 
  


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