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Old 02-16-2006, 07:39 AM   #1
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Old slow laptop


Hi, i got an old Toshiba. it is an AMD 400mhz, and has 64mb of ram. i tried slackware with it, but after my friend who knows linux very well had trouble with it, i was curious about a new distro. i would like something that will be fast, and be used to check email, type papers, and go online with. it would also be good to be able to use these drivers on.
http://www.fuw.edu.pl/~pliszka/hints/wireless.html
so, which is the best little and fast linux with an easy GUI so that my gf can use it?
 
Old 02-16-2006, 08:42 AM   #2
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Linux Laptop
TuxMobil

Just find you laptop, or a similar one, and have fun

Bye!
 
Old 02-16-2006, 03:42 PM   #3
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ok so i see some good sites, i have a toshiba 2100cdt, i will stay with slackware, which kernel should i use? also, if i am looking for something that in the end will be easy and basic to use, would going back to windows make sense?(it came with 98 installed)
 
Old 02-16-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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I've always liked Debian myself. You can install a base system and then build it from the ground up. Only install what you want, like a lightweight gui instead of kde or gnome. You can take the quizes in my signature and they may help you pick a good distro to start with.

I will say on my old Celeron 400MHz desktop, recompiling the kernel after install really sped things up. It'll probably take you a few times until you get the right combination of things in the kernel to make everything on your laptop work right. Keep the original kernel around as a boot option in case your recompile didn't work so well. Oh and if you use debian, google for "compiling kernel debian way"...

Windows 98 is okay if you're willing to put in the work to keep it virus/spyware free, although you'll suffer a performance hit by running antivirus whenever you're online or checking email.
 
Old 02-17-2006, 04:05 PM   #5
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ok well after trying slackware, vector, ubuntu, i am still having trouble. i think the most promising distro was vector. only problem was that i couldnt get lilo setup. it reboots and gives me a bunch of L 99 99 99....is there just a very small fast and simple gui/distro that will give me the basic email, internet, word, and wireless drivers?
 
Old 02-17-2006, 04:06 PM   #6
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You can try Damn Small Linux...
 
Old 02-17-2006, 04:41 PM   #7
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right i like that, but it is a live cd, can i install it onto the machine?
 
Old 02-17-2006, 04:48 PM   #8
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I believe so. The installer might be from within the live CD. I think you probably need the regular iso...

Here's a link to how to install: http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i..._the_Hard_Disk
 
Old 02-17-2006, 06:24 PM   #9
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ok well i wouldnt mind dsl, but i am having a problem where it will not load anything and i think it is since this laptop only has 64mb ram. what can i run with so little?
 
Old 02-17-2006, 06:48 PM   #10
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Damn Small is made for low end systems. I doubt that's the problem. The entire distro is only 50MB...
 
Old 02-17-2006, 07:30 PM   #11
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humm, i will look into it more it is odd, because it tries to start loading the kernel and once it detects my processor(amd) it stalls
 
Old 02-18-2006, 06:53 PM   #12
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might be something with ACPI, can you boot with ACPI=off?
 
Old 05-19-2006, 05:57 PM   #13
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it says

processor 0 is AMD-K6 3d processor 400mhz, 64 kb cache

and just stops there. i have not seen anything about acpi....
 
Old 05-20-2006, 01:40 PM   #14
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Try Puppy Linux, like DSL (it's a bit bigger though) but it can save your data right on the CD and no need for a HD.

You can also install to Harddrive.

Latest Version with Browser->
http://ftp.nluug.nl/ftp/pub/os/Linux...r1-mozilla.iso

MD5sum 8d294e1f060b898d371704223a950387

Other mirrors: http://www.puppyos.com/download/downpage.htm

Try downloading an older version if your having compatibility issues.
 
  


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