Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 10-25-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2009
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Red face What Linux version to use for an old laptop (Acer Aspire 1300)?

Hello all,

I hope I am in the right section of this forum. If not, please let me know.
I am completely new to Linux.

I have an old laptop. Acer Aspire 1300. I am not 100% sure of the technical specs but it looks like this:

CPU: Duron, Athlon XP, Athlon XP-M - 1.2 GHz - RAM: 128 MB, 256 MB

I would like to install Linux on this laptop to try this OS and see how it works but I do not know which version of Linux I should use for this old laptop. There are many variants so I am a bit lost. Win XP got corrupted so I can overwrite everything on the hard disk.

What version should I use? Do I need a driver for internet LAN connectivity? If I do, where can I find it?

Right now, I just want to try Linux for internet browsing.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Last edited by olivier; 10-25-2009 at 05:32 PM.
Old 10-25-2009, 05:36 PM   #2
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: London
Distribution: Slackware64-current
Posts: 5,825
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221Reputation: 1221
Try puppy linux, it's specifically designed for low spec machines.

There are other distros that would be suitable, eg. Damn Small Linux. You could also install a 'bigger' distro with a lightweight desktop eg. Xubuntu
Old 10-25-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2009
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks a lot for your quick answer!
Looks like I can install it from a USB drive but I am not sure what file(s) to use.

Edit: just found a pdf on the web site. I will look into it

Last edited by olivier; 10-25-2009 at 06:01 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I need help! Haven't used linux in 15 years. Acer Aspire Laptop /w Vista... yappiescrapper Linux - Laptop and Netbook 6 07-27-2009 06:18 PM
acer aspire linux laptop broke, help please. cjcx Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 02-20-2009 04:04 PM
Linpus Linux problem on Acer Aspire 4720 Laptop. pritampradhan Linux - Newbie 3 01-09-2008 11:56 PM
Installation of Linux on Acer Aspire 5502NWXMi laptop oryxz Linux - Laptop and Netbook 4 09-08-2005 04:19 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:35 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration