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Old 06-16-2008, 04:26 PM   #1
bidule93
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Linux installation on an old toshiba laptop


Hi,
I have an old Toshiba laptop satellite pro 4600, i386, 64ram, 10go with win98. I decided toremove the win98 so I formatted the HD and now I want to install Linux. I tried with Ubuntu but no success, I have aburned a Mandriva spring 2008 cd, it goes until asking a password... I tried root, guest, no way.

So now, I need some help. Does anyone can advise me on which Linux to choose for my old machine. I just need it as a back_up laptop and to surf the net.
Thanks!
Marc
 
Old 06-16-2008, 05:05 PM   #2
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I would have expected the Ubuntu 8.04 to have worked. What went wrong with it? Did you try the demo or did you choose to install right off of the boot menu? I wouldn't give up on Ubuntu yet. Whatever problem you experienced might be something that will occur on many distributions. More importantly there may be a well known way to deal with that problem.

This should have been posted in the laptop/notebook forum.

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Old 06-16-2008, 05:23 PM   #3
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64megs of RAM would be a problem for Ubuntu, although the alternate installer should work (it's the Debian installer).

Of course, if you're going to use the Debian installer anyway you could go ahead and try out Debian. It will work just fine on that old laptop, although the default GNOME desktop will be VEEEEEERY SLOOOOOOW. The first thing you'll want to do is install a lighter desktop like XFCE. My favorite is IceWM, but XFCE is popular.

To give you some idea of how lightweight IceWM with Debian is, I have it running on an even older Toshiba Libretto--32megs of RAM and a 120mhz Pentium processor.

Honestly, I don't think it's such a good idea to log into the default GNOME desktop at all. However, if you're a newbie, I think you'll appreciate the GUI tools even if you know beforehand that it will be VEEEEEERY SLOOOOOOW. Just be patient. You'll want to open up the GUI software thingy...which...umm...I actually don't know the name of it. I never use it. I just log into a text console and use the "apt-get" command to install software.
 
Old 06-16-2008, 09:14 PM   #4
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What he said ...
64 Meg would be the death of any chance of running one of the "mega" distros. My 4600 runs gutsy (and Win2k), but it has 256Meg (the sensible minimum I would think) and a 20 Gig disk.
For a small (first time) distro, have a look at Puppy; I was pretty impressed when I had a quick look.
 
Old 06-17-2008, 10:16 PM   #5
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I would suggest to download some Live CDs and try running them before you actually install anything. Then you can get a feel for how the distro will work on your machine before spending time with the installer and partitioning the hard drive.

Just check www.distrowatch.org for available Live CDs.

p.s. I've installed and used Fedora on that same model of laptop, although I had 128MB RAM in mine. It worked just fine, even when using the default GNOME interface.
 
  


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