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Old 02-02-2004, 02:39 PM   #1
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Post Linux on a compaq presario 1622?


I have a compaq presario 1622 which if i ain't mistaken is as follows

Pentium @ 200 Mhz
32 MB ram
3 gb hdd , modem etc

Can u recommend me any linux distro that would work with this configuration quick enough?
 
Old 02-02-2004, 03:06 PM   #2
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http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/compaq.html
Lots of Presario installs to read.

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Old 02-02-2004, 06:31 PM   #3
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The link for my presario 1622 takes me to http://mlowe.phpwebhosting.com/ where it asks me 4 a username and a password?What should i do??
 
Old 02-02-2004, 06:39 PM   #4
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Hmmm, I see that. What about all the related and closely numbered presarios. The 1621 and 1675 (1625 link is also broken) links both work, and should give a general idea of how it will go with which distro. That is a fairly old laptop, so it should work fairly well, especially with Redhat 9.0. The 1675 had no problems. With 32 Meg Ram, you will probably want to opt for lighter X session like FluxBox.

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Old 02-02-2004, 06:47 PM   #5
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So your suggestion is to install red hat 6.1 (as described in 1621 how to) or maybe something like red hat 9 kai change x with fluxbox?If yes how do i do that?from where can i download the fluxbox?is it in *.rpm type?
 
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I would recommend Redhat 9, it should be detected very well, and like the 1675, minor tweaks to get it working. With 32 Meg, you can probably run Gnome (slowly)...you know, the best thing to start off with is a Knoppix live CD. It already used Fluxbox, has great hardware detection, and if you like it, it can be installed on your hard drive. It might be more than you want to get fluxbox working with Redhat. Given that the entire knoppix distro fits on one CD, that gives you a lot of room. Also, absolutely nothing to install, just boot up.

http://www.knoppix.org/

Detailed instructions on how to get it. If you don't have broadband, you probably have a buddy who does and can burn it for you.

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Old 02-03-2004, 11:27 AM   #7
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I've just visited the knoppix site but it says :

" 20 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products) " (I only have 32 mb ram)

How can i run a graphical mode?R there any lighter graphical modes in the cd image from knopix ? Should i use instead fluxbox?
 
Old 02-03-2004, 11:43 AM   #8
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I've searched and found a couple of light windowmanagers : pwm @ http://modeemi.fi/~tuomov/pwm/ and WeeWM @ http://weewm.flashtux.org/index.php?lang=en . Does anyone recommend me any of those for my system?

Thanx!
 
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Hmmm, maybe VectorLinux. It is designed to give optimium performance on older machines. I didn't think knoppix required so much memory.

System Requirements:
VL is designed to run well even on older hardware. To run VL,
you'll need at least a 386 processor and 16MB RAM. A full install
of VL requires 350MB hard drive space.

# Easy on your system resources, should run fine with a minimum of 32mb of ram

DESKTOP FEATURES

# XFCE, Fluxbox and ICEwm window managers with antialias font support. More available on the deluxe CD.

They too offer a try before you buy option with a live CD.
http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/dis...ux-3.2/vllive/

Instructions are available at their main site. http://www.vectorlinux.com/index.php?menu=1
It has the 3 most common and lightest window managers to choose from, as listed above.

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Thanx R.O. ! U sure helped me out! I'll try this distro and post results!
 
  


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