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Old 01-22-2004, 09:13 PM   #1
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Red Hat on a lap top

Im considering buying this laptop:

Toshiba Tecra 8000 Notebook
266MHz Pentium II Processor
6.0GB Hard Drive

I heard that it's hard to install Linux on a laptop. Would I be able to get Red Hat 8 on here without too much trouble?
Old 01-22-2004, 10:34 PM   #2
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Well, it's more your hardware specifications I'd be worrying about here. A full GNOME or KDE desktop will feel kind of sluggish on that laptop, which is why I would recommend against using Red Hat 8.0. Instead, might I recommend a slightly lighter distribution like Vector Linux?

Usually the laptops that cause trouble for installation are ones that are newer and contain odd video cards such as Mobility Radeons and custom nVidia cards and such. It would be useful to know some additional information such as your video card.
Old 01-22-2004, 11:55 PM   #3
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I do have Vector but it didn't work last time I tried installing on an older computer. I'm willing to give it another try.

Heres some more specific information:
Sound Card: Yamaha 3D Sound (OPL3-SA3)
Video Card: 2MB NeoMagic 256AV (NM2200)
Old 01-25-2004, 02:27 PM   #4
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You might consider putting Slackware on there too. It's not that hard to use and it runs on older hardware better than some other distros do, like RH and Mandrake, for example.
Old 01-27-2004, 08:23 PM   #5
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Tecra 8000 and Red Hat

Go For It!!!

This is a great old laptop.

I have one and recently bought a second for my daughter.

Mine is a PII 366 with 256mb RAM and Red Hat 9 runs great

The Yamaha sound card is not recognized but sndconfig will set it up

as a Sound Blaster 16 with no problems.

I gave up on the integrated Winmodem.

A Xircom cardbus NIC/56Kmodem works great.

The Toshiba port replicator 2724U with integrated Intel NIC also was

automaticaly detected with no problem.

Definately get the max RAM, 128/100 chips are about $35

**a great war driving machine**
Old 10-30-2004, 07:56 PM   #6
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I have suse 9.1 running on a tecra 8000 (500 mhz/256 mb ram)
runs great. i don't think red hat 8 will give you too much trouble on it.

initially the configuration of the soundcard gave me some troubles. but choosing a similar type from the list solved the problem quickly.

it's a stable and sturdy machine. i never regretted buying it as a second-hand. in fact for for it's reliability i always preferred it to whatever computer my university had standing ready in lecture rooms for giving presentations.


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