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Old 01-13-2017, 05:09 PM   #1
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Question what distro is suitable for Compaq Presario CQ50-107NR Notebook with AMD Athlon Dual-core QL60 1.90 GHz 2.0 Gb Memory, 32-bit


What Linux distro is suitable for Compaq Presario CQ50-107NR Notebook with AMD Athlon Dual-core QL60 1.90 GHz? Memory is 2.0 Gb, It's a 32-bit machine.
My particular concern is the speed of the Athlon processor chip.
I was thinking of running Lubuntu 16.10 from a USB stick. But I don't understand the posted chip-speed requirements.

They say "The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8. Older processors are too slow and the AMD K7 has problems with Flash video."

How do I know my chip meets that requirement?
Thanks

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Old 01-13-2017, 05:30 PM   #2
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Run a live session run. Then you will have personal experience on what is best for you. I see no problem with trying lubuntu in a live USB run,
 
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:03 PM   #3
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Smile Is my chip too lame?

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Run a live session run. Then you will have personal experience on what is best for you. I see no problem with trying lubuntu in a live USB run,
Great - just wanted to make sure I wouldn't blow up my computer. And notebookcheck.com implies my chip is probably suitable. Now just to live long enough for the download.
Thanks
 
Old 01-13-2017, 07:29 PM   #4
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Hi.

Have you run GNU\Linux long enough to get a favorite?

Mine is one many are built from Debian (particularly Sid https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/u...ding-firmware/ muchness) but most are "free" to try eg: https://distrowatch.com/search.php?o...&status=Active

...have fun!

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Old 01-13-2017, 07:36 PM   #5
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What Linux distro is suitable for Compaq Presario CQ50-107NR Notebook with AMD Athlon Dual-core QL60 1.90 GHz? Memory is 2.0 Gb, It's a 32-bit machine.
It might run a 32-bit OS, but it's a 64-bit system, the the Athlon 64 X2 QL60 is a 64-bit processor

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My particular concern is the speed of the Athlon processor chip.
I was thinking of running Lubuntu 16.10 from a USB stick. But I don't understand the posted chip-speed requirements.

They say "The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8. Older processors are too slow and the AMD K7 has problems with Flash video."

How do I know my chip meets that requirement?
Thanks
K7 is the original Athlon-Athlon XP. You have a K8-based processor.
 
Old 01-13-2017, 09:31 PM   #6
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If you're new... starting with anything that ends in *buntu is pretty smart, IMO. Also, as mentioned... you have a 64bit CPU. Honestly though, since you're not running more than 3.5gigs of RAM.. It probably won't make much difference w/ that cpu whether you run 32 or 64bit.

Lubuntu should run pretty well on that machine.

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Old 01-14-2017, 01:10 PM   #7
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Now just to live long enough for the download.
after surviving the wait on that. To pre-identify gremlins from a corrupted iso download.

You better live long enough to do a md5sum check of your downloaded Lubuntu iso to keep from feeling newbie grief later on. Because something could have gone wrong during the download process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QT7xohUvI

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...on/CheckISO_CD

Oh yeah: If needing a Windows md5sum checker. I like the


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Download WinMD5Sum - Freeware Windows MD5 checksumming utility.
from

http://www.nullriver.com/products/winmd5sum/

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