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Old 03-21-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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Install on a Compaq Presario 1694


Hello, I have an old laptop that still works but I would like to use it to learn linux. The specs are...Compaq Presario 1694 notebook. Just for the record it has a 450 MHz AMD K6-2, 192 MB RAM, 6.5 GB HDD, USB 1.1, DVD/CD-ROM. What is the best version to install on this machine? Also I have nothing on the computer that I need to keep so how would I install? Thank you for your assistance!
 
Old 03-21-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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I have been reading on Linux Mint 10 and ubuntu and would like a professional opinion. thanks
 
Old 03-21-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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Avoid Ubuntu and Mint if you want the system to be responsive, they are made with newer hardware in mind. I wouldn't install either on something less than a P4 1.5ghz with 512mb of RAM.

What do you plan to use the system for?

EDIT: I actually just dug up an old Compaq similar to yours, Presario 1600S with an AMD K6-III 380mhz and 192mb of RAM. The old beast still boots. I think at one time I had Puppy Linux on it.

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Old 03-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #4
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Thanks elliot678, I would like to learn a linux system and eventually build my own website. I also am sick of windowsXP crashing on me and would like to eventually use it on my desktop. I am trying to learn something new and useful. It is my new interest and I have been thinking of changing over for some time and just found the compaq in the back of my closet.
 
Old 03-21-2011, 10:05 PM   #5
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I popped an AntiX LiveCD into my Compaq and it booted just fine, slow, but fine. Sound works, screen resolution is right and the touchpad works, mine doesn't have integrated ethernet, but if yours does, I would assume it would work too. I plugged in my trusty USB wifi adapter with an r8187 chipset and well...here I am.

AntiX is based on Debian, so what you learn in it could translate to Ubuntu, Mint or Debian. I believe it supports all Debian packages, so there is no shortage of software available.

I think most of the slowness I'm experiencing is due to the fact it is running from CD and the drive is older than dirt and making some horrific noises. If it was installed to HD, I would expect much better performance. Right now I am using Iceape browser, which is just Mozilla Seamonkey without branding, it is using under 100mb of RAM total, system and all.

If you decide to try AntiX, get the 486 disc, the AMD chip is a 586 and the 686 disc won't boot on one. The correct disc is antiX-M8.5-486.iso.

Once you're running from the CD, you can play around to get a feel of the OS, if you like it, the installer is in the application menu and should be pretty self explanatory.

EDIT: I had nothing of importance on the HD anyway, so I gave installing it a shot, went very smoothly and the system is quite responsive when running from the HD.

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