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Old 04-23-2014, 09:27 AM   #1
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which os is best for me

I want to change my os to Linux from windows XP. I have an old Dell Inspiron 1300 and wanted to try Ubuntu 14.04 but it would not let me,(kernal requires CPU with pae). I then tried Ubuntu 12.04 and got the same result. What should I try next, I just want a simply answer to get round this problem , thanks.
Old 04-23-2014, 09:52 AM   #2
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Download Bodhi Linux non pae here is the link

Bodhi Linux is an Operating System base on Ubuntu but it is aiming at computer with limited resources, like little memory, old video cards, old CPUs so it should work in any computer.

Because it aims to under powered computers it doesnt means that it will only run in that kind of computers. I would do great in newer computers too.
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Ubuntu wouldn't boot on that because of the old Intel graphics, which it doesn't support. Does your chip really not have pae — is there any way of checking using Windows? I ask because the Pentium M models that don't have it are the ones with a 400MHz FSB, but it seems that you actually have the 533MHz FSB underclocked.

If you don't have pae, the choice is between AntiX, Bodhi, and Crunchbang. My (rather old) reviews are here:
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Hi. It would not let you install or boot?

I've had to mod GRUB before to stop the screen going blank upon log in with some thing like this:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text splash vga=791 i915.modeset=1"
in my case.

This: maybe useful? Best wishes and have fun.

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Old 04-23-2014, 07:52 PM   #5
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I am running Anti-X on this old computer. It a Seanix computer vintage 2005. I have it dual-booted with Windows XP. There was no trouble installing it and so far everything I need seems to work OK. It has a clipboard, and also Office Libre which I long ago switched to from Microsoft Office. It is worth a try in any event. It claims that it will run on quite old machines.


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