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Old 03-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Linux on old Acer TravelMate 210T

I was wondering if there was a version of Linux that might be suitable to install on an old Acer Travelmate 210T. It has 56mb of RAM and about 3GB of free disc space, although I can probably free some more of its vast 10 GB capacity up.

I need it to connect wirelessly to the internet using a web browser of some sort via an old 3com 3crwe154g72 PCMCIA card.

I have tried installing from an UBUNTU 11.10 ISO cd generated from the UBUNTU website, but the install hangs after a bunch of DOS type messages ending with:

[1.391640][<c1533b7e>] kernel_thread_helper+0x6/0x10

I assume this means that UBUNTU 11.10 can't install on such an old PC.

Anyway, if anyone can help by recommending a Linux version that might work on this antique, I would be oh so grateful.

I am totally new to Linux so please speak slowly !

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Old 03-08-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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There are a few that may work DSL (Damm Small Linux) is but one. 56MB RAM isn't going to do much with any of the recognised modern varieties that people use instead of things like Windows XP/Vista/7 and is more of a Windows 95 or maybe Windows 98 capable computer.

Check this page for some ideas.

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With such a low amount of RAM the best bet would be to run a command-line distro with a text-browser installed. Even if you get something running on that with a GUI (yes, DSL should work), browsing the web with a graphical browser will immediately lead to excessive swapping and render the machine useless.

Ubuntu needs at least 512MB RAM in the standard version, so that is a no go.
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Here are the minimum hardware requirements for Ubuntu:

Ubuntu Desktop Edition

1 GHz CPU (x86 processor (Pentium 4 or better))
1 GiB RAM (system memory)
15 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
800 by 600 screen resolution
Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Internet access is helpful


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