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Old 05-12-2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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seeking Linux versions for older computers

I posted about this on the main forum - and was told it belongs here, so ...

Hi, I'm not a Linux user - yet.

I'm looking for versions that can run on a 1998 (eMachines Model 333id) PC with a 333Mhz Celeron CPU (Pentium 2, budget version), maxed out with 256Mb of RAM, motherboard-based VGA graphics and a PCI-based modem.

Presently it's running Windows XP - very slowly - installed on a 10Gb hard drive, accessing Internet via an Ethernet (PCI) card (from a Pentium-1 computer) ... because the Windows-98-SE installation only connects to Internet via dial-up modem or a Network.

A few days ago I searched here on phrases like "running Linux on old computers" and found some relevant responses, yet since then (curiously) have found fewer responses - but I didn't save the initial results - and because the machine was running so poorly, I reinstalled the OS a day or two ago, so this is a fresh start.

This PC is so slow running WinXP (with Service Pack 3 & Internet Explorer 8) - especially on Internet - that (for instance) can't even download & install Acrobat Reader to display some .pdf-based support and repair manuals, to help get another computer running.

About all I expect to do on this (333Mhz) PC is run word processors, do some file storage and use occasional Internet access - like now as a standby when newer and more able computers are needing repairs - like now, when there is nothing else available.

This old PC ran better on Windows 98 and on Internet by dial-up service, but I'm not inclined to pay $30 for a month's dial-up subscription which I'll (hopefully) only be using for a few more days (as I get another old computer working - a Dell XPS 630i).

Thanks in advance for everyone's support.
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I believe this is the same forum where you've asked the question already

And there's nothing wrong with this question to get it proper exposure; however it's best if you continue on that first thread, there have been some answers there.

Actually, the question was already moved.

What is normally done here is to click the REPORT button (not a bad thing) it alerts the moderators to give the thread attention. In this case "this" thread should be closed, referring to your earlier question.

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