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Old 07-22-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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Can I use Fedora on my old presario?

hello. I am totally new to this and very confused. I have an old Compaq Presario (win95 right now) that i was experiencing extreme problems with getting all the graphics to run etc...
The only option I think I have is installing linux on it.
But I'm not sure which Linus system will work. Fedora core 1 or 2 prefferably unless someone has any other ideas.
My question is:
I don't know if I have any system requirements for Linux
It's an old all-in-one comcputer and very nice looking(I got it at aa thrift shiop...I collect old computers, fix them up etc)
as a hobby, not a job.
Now...Its a Presario 5528 right now only has 1 gig HD(But I do have 2 four gigs in my closet) The ram right now is only 16 mb I think(Don't laugh..its old!!)
I am trying to get 72(The maximum allowed in that machine) and the processor(Intel pentium regular)clocked at 166 but it is a 200mhz.
I know the hard drive wotn be a problem...but I ahve no other alternatives with this pc...and I want to use Linux and learn it. My friend has Fedora core 1 and 2..and it seems cool.
I don't want to use slackware I don't think..looks boring to me so far.
So..any suggestions?
I am on the lookout to buy that extra ram(Its Simm by the way-real OLD!!)
but ym friend said it would make a good Linux machine to playa round on..
any help? I appreciate it.
If I'm honest..I'll just ahve to leave win95 with only 16 COLORS(because all the s3 trio drivers aren't working)
If not..I'll just try Linux on my old Packard bell.(meets more requirements)
bigger HD and more ram I think(64 or more I can't remember..have to look)
Ok thanks all!!!!!!!!!
Old 07-22-2004, 10:42 PM   #2
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Wink OOps haha

I wrote "Linus" instead of Linux-sorry!!!!!!
Old 07-22-2004, 11:04 PM   #3
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You could always try a 'live' CD, basically a system that runs off a cd without changing anything on your harddrive etc so that you can see if your hardware would support it... anything less than 64 megs is gonna be tough especially if you want to run something like KDE...

My brother has my old pentium100 at home and when I make it out there I was thinking of trying something like Damn Small Linux on it (btw I wouldnt even try fedora on that machine) There are some other small distros that are better for older hardware but honestly I havent had much experience on them (the only systems I have access to since starting on linux are a p3 and p4...)
Old 07-23-2004, 12:26 AM   #4
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if you find out any older linux os that may work...please let me know..about using the cd..what do you mean? copy it(linux) on a cd..then go to install and see what it tells me right?
yea i figured.
I don't know what to use on that machine
I want it operable again...and NO windows...
thanks for your post.
let me know if you have any other ideas..
are you familiar with the gnu web page? can I use any of that on that computer possibly?
Bsd is out of the queation then I guess huh
what about regular "Beos"??? I'm confused with all the "free" os's...GNU says its FREE but then they want u to BUY the cd...frustrating...

thanks!!! talk 2 ya soon.
Old 07-23-2004, 01:11 AM   #5
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i have a gateway solo laptop that i just did a slackware 10.0 install on. its an older machine with 32mb ram and the cpu is a pentium 2 333mhz.

if your new too linux tho slackware is not the best option for you, but with those type of system specs i am going to have to stick with it. its not too hard to install, i used version 8.0 my first time around and was able to get up and running in no time.

install fluxbox window manager since kde/gnome will run like crap on a system that slow.

whatever u do, dont install M$ winblows.
Old 07-23-2004, 01:50 AM   #6
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Take a look at the requirements for Vector Linux, Fedora, Mandrake.
Up the RAM, install the 4 GB drive.

Vector has a Live CD.

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