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Old 06-06-2008, 11:39 AM   #1
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presario 1275 laptop needs distro

64 meg of ram with a 336 mgH chip. Tried Puppy and DSL. Both of them have some specific troubles. DSL won't boot past a certain point and googling doesn't hold the answer. Puppy, even though I have it installed and have it set to keep the settings, isn't holding a necessary Xorg.conf change (zero'd out the touchpad and has no tapping...worthless out of the box.)

Are there any "conventional" distros that will run on this computer. Tried Fluxbuntu but the network tools are so inadequate that it isn't even a serious consideration. This is a good little machine...I just need some help. Also, regardless of distro, none of them are booting without the "acpi=off" parameter. What is that about


Old 06-06-2008, 11:45 AM   #2
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You should be able to run Slackware or a minimal Debian on there, but you really need more RAM. Even FluxBox is going to be tight on 64 MB once you are done loading up all of your services.

As for the "acpi=off" issue, it is probably because the machine is too old to support ACPI and it causes problems when the kernel attempts to use it. On a machine of that era, you would be using APM.
Old 06-06-2008, 02:24 PM   #3
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will give that a try

thanks...yes, In my line of work, I really should have known what the acpi parameter is about but hey...all things in their own time...Now I know.

I have actually just tried Nimblex and it seems to perform ok, but it has some persistent saving capability but the actual hard drive install is doing it the old school way...installing the files and then building grub to suit. I just don't have time to do that right now. I like the look of Nimblex, I just wish they would write a conventional installer for it. Once I get something concrete" on that drive, then I can install ice. That has turned out to be one of the best light environments I've ever used. I will continue to look and sample distros and check this thread.


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