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Old 06-14-2009, 12:30 PM   #16
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Thanks for the reply.

I have a 3COM 3CRUSB10075 adapter, which I already had, and after looking through the linux compatible pages found that I could use it with few problems.
I have just tried to install the driver into my laptop and thought I had got it in but it will not work for me, the reason I do not know.
I have enabled the work online mode in File and also checked my icon at top right of page and all is correct there but it will not connect with wifi. I have also tried to to install a Xircom ethernet card (Realport 10/100 RE-100) using the drivers I found on the Intel site, but that will not work either.
I have a new , more up to date , ethernet adapter complete, with driver disc, in the mail somewhere. As soon as that arrives I will try to connect with that and then download the wifi drivers directly instead of downloading to my flash drive on my desktop and then transferring to laptop.

If you can see anything I have missed in the above then please shout very loudly and I will give it a go, in fact I will give anything a go if it helps!

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Originally Posted by Wim Sturkenboom View Post
If you suggest to boot from a USB stick/drive, I doubt if that HW has that option. My K6-III does/did not, as far as I can remember.
You are right. The 600E (well my old one, anyway) won't boot from USB, which is a bit of a pain.

I had something like SuSE 9.3 installed on mine (less ram: 196 M) but a 366 MHz processor. Not exciting, but it did the job, even with kde as the UI. Obviously, with so little ram, you don't want to run a whole load of programs simultaneously, or it just bogs down. And you have to be careful about program choice, too.

If I remember correctly, the maximum ram supported was 288 M, so there isn't much room for curing the problem by adding extra ram either.

The only way i got things installed was by using boot floppies to start the CD, which wasn't exactly convenient, but it did work eventually.

These days, I'd probably be looking at one of the specialist 'small' distros rather than SuSE (dsl, puppy, etc) and use, say, XFCE or LXDE as the UI.

Just to let you know I have recieved a copy of Ubuntu from the distributors and have installed it with no problems into my laptop and a desktop, Compaq D510 sff, and they are both working OK.
That's good. In your circumstances I'd be tempted to stick with Ubuntu, if you are happy with it. Well, actually that's not true - I'd try Xubuntu. Assuming that you have the 'net bandwidth, all you have to do is go into synaptic and select the XFCE bits and it will grab them from the 'net; no need to re-install.

The laptop seems a bit slow
Well, its never going to be fast.

I used to find it worth be very careful with disk tuning. In those days I used to use reiser as the file system, but I probably wouldn't, these days (even though it may be slightly faster than ext3 in its default state). Turning off 'atime' is probably still worth it though. (I had an upgraded hard disk as the original wasn't big enough, but I am sure there were different hard disk size options.)
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Originally Posted by Wim Sturkenboom View Post
If you suggest to boot from a USB stick/drive, I doubt if that HW has that option. My K6-III does/did not, as far as I can remember.
I should have taken my laptop camping. Plus read back in the thread.

You can possibly use utilities like 'sbootmgr' to hopefully recognize device(S) that are resident then the boot manager takes care of the boot on that old hardware. I have successfully used these utilities to boot devices that the BIOS does not recognize for boot. Same goes for non-boot support for CDROM devices.


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