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Old 10-04-2003, 09:31 AM   #1
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Linux installing on very old laptop

I have an old laptop, a P1 133Mhz, 32ram, 1,3Gb HD, 1mb video ram, ..
There is an disk (diskette) station installed, also an CD-rom station but that's extern (serieŽl).

Now what I want 2 do is installing an Linux distro on it, if that's possible WITH an very light GUI. If not, only text based is also ok. Now my first question is, on such an old laptop witch distro can run quit smoothly on it ??

I have also a problem with acessing (reading, loggin on .. sry my english is not that good) my external CD-ROM station. I've try'd with all the windows bootdisk's I gave, but without any result. Are their some Unix based or Linux bootdisk's who can do this ?? If yes is the answer, where can I find or download them?

Maybe a bether solution is some Linux Distro on disk's (diskette) so I don't need 2 acessing that cd-station if that exist's .. ?

Can someone help me with this plz?
Grtz & thx
Old 10-04-2003, 09:53 PM   #2
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Slackware should be fine; I've installed it before on a notebook with the exact same specs as yours. You will have to make boot and root floppies, then install Slackware from the CD drive or over a network.

You will probably want a minimalist windowmanager like Fluxbox, which is included in the Slackware extras packages.

Check this thread out: Slackware on a 4 MB RAM notebook
Old 10-05-2003, 04:28 PM   #3
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Thx very much 4 ur reply, I can go 2 work now Will post the result's ..
Old 10-07-2003, 10:01 PM   #4
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Slack is good, and has overcome many of its newbie intimidation problems -- it used to be a very difficult and technical distro for new users.

Actually any well known new distro will work just fine with your machine. 32MB is pretty slim for running a GUI and even most light window managers. If you can, boost the RAM on your machine. You and your machine will be happier.

I have an IBM TP 365XD (P120/72MB/3.2GB). I run Mandrake 9.1 with the IceWM window manager. All the KDE stuff is loaded along with most of the Gnome apps. I can run most anything from IceWM, including 1.1 with very few problems. When I upped the RAM from 40MB to 72MB (the max for this machine, as far as I know) stability was improved -- a lot!!

There are lighter window managers than IceWM. Of course the lighter ones, in my opinion, don't have a lot of the features that heavier window managers, and GUIs especially, have. Xfce recently put out version 4.0. I have used it in the past and it is very light, with good features. Try it. Also check out this site for some really good X window info.
Old 10-08-2003, 12:39 PM   #5
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Peanut Linux

I am trying to do the same, except on a P75 system. Since I am unable to boot off of the CDRom, my options were limited. I tried Redhat8.0, but kept running into problems.

Then I found out about Peanut Linux. I read a lot of good things about it. It seems pretty easy, the only problems I am having now is getting X to configure, but I am pretty sure I am having problems because of the specific laptop.

Peanut Linux is supposed to be pretty lightweight, and only takes up 800 MB of space.

Basically you download the CD Image (about 320MB) and boot from it. If you can't do that (like me) then you also get the BOOT and ROOT floppy images.

You can get it here:

and a good tutorial is here:

Sorry for the non-hyperlinks, I haven't posted enough times for it to let me post them.
Old 10-10-2003, 10:59 AM   #6
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Thenk you everybody 4 ur reply's!! I try'd 2 boot the slackware boot disk's but they sipley won't boot . Here are some of the error's ..
Loading vmlinuz ............................ Ready
Uncompressing Linux...

bad gzip magic numbers

-- System halted


Loading vmlinuz ............................ Ready
Uncompressing Linux...

invalid compressed format (err=1) [sometime's also 'err=2']

-- System halted


Loading vmlinuz ............................ Ready
Uncompressing Linux...

crc error

-- System halted

What does these error's mean? I try'd also some different new disk's, some totaly new formatted disk's but still those same error's ..

Some extra information about my situation. The laptop is an Compaq LTE 5300. The external CDROM-drive is connected thrue an 25pin's LPT printer port, I realy hope that's not a problem. The HD is 1,2Gb formatted in FAT16. For the moment I have no money for boosting my RAM and btw I should realy don't know where 2 get some hardware that is so old Need more info? Just ask me, I'm glad u guy's help me that good!

Now let's try some Peanut Linux boot disk's.
Grtz ..

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