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Old 04-22-2005, 02:45 PM   #1
terdbird
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What version of Slack will run well on a pII 233?


v10.1 runs kind of slow in X on the computer. I know there is a version that will run well on this computer, how far back should I go?
 
Old 04-22-2005, 03:06 PM   #2
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very far Do you really need X? Actually the main thing bothering is the RAM? How much RAM do you have?
 
Old 04-22-2005, 04:35 PM   #3
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it has 32megs i think... prolly should add some more
 
Old 04-23-2005, 05:30 AM   #4
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Well, most graphics use a lot of RAM, programs like Firefox and such will run slow with 32mb no matter what you do. I suggest you to use a lightweight window manager (blackbox, icewm) and have some patience
You can also use it to do text stuff, I'm using a computer only in text-mode where I do chat, read mail and do some programming without any problems.
Anyway, you should be able to find some used memory for that machine and the price won't be high

You could use a lower version of Slackware (8 or 9) but some apps won't work and most of the libraries will also be outdated, I won't suggest you that unless you really know what you're doing.

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Old 04-28-2005, 03:08 PM   #5
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That's pretty weak on RAM. I'd suggest upping the RAM instead of falling back on old software.
 
Old 05-03-2005, 04:44 PM   #6
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I run Slack 10 on a PII 233MHz with fluxbox as window manager and firefox and thunderbird as browser and mail client and it works well, but I have 128MB of RAM.
 
Old 05-11-2005, 06:43 AM   #7
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The version of slack won't make much difference -any slackware will run with 16MB of RAM. 32MB will allow use of X, with patience. 64MB and up should give pretty good usablility. You may not notice any speed gains using more than 128MB of RAM since the PI/PII processor speed becomes the bottle-neck.
 
Old 05-15-2005, 07:40 AM   #8
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Deffinately look at Blackbox or Fluxbox (and s'more RAM!), but other than that you should be just fine to run most any Slack. For small HDDs you may want to try ZipSlack (get it from Slack's home page) which has been pretty successful/
 
Old 06-01-2005, 10:10 AM   #9
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I have several old PII 266 with 128MB ram and mga graphics. They even run KDE ok, but Firefox takes a while to load. Once in memory it is quite usable. These boxes are still faster than a Celeron 760MHz with the dreaded shared video memory

32 MB ram probably has more wait states than a more recent 128 MB module.
My machines originally had Kingston 32MB for NT4.

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Old 06-05-2005, 01:29 PM   #10
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I have used Slackware with FlucBox on a 600 MHz with 32 MB RAM. While it didn't exactly fly, I could use it as a jukebox and word processor without problems. I just made sure to cut down on the services running.

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Old 06-09-2005, 02:52 AM   #11
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slackware 8 + 9 use older libaries, or is there more to it?
is it possible to update from either of them to 10.1 , just by updating the packages, or are the new slackware realeases re-written from scratch?
 
Old 06-09-2005, 09:16 AM   #12
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In theory yes, but KDE does not always upgrade cleanly
 
Old 06-09-2005, 06:26 PM   #13
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Well you can only upgrade from 8.1 and later, as versions previous to that used a different naming scheme.

But buy more ram! at least buy a 64meg stick bringing it up to 96. That'll cost maybe 20$ and it will speed up your machine so much you'll wonder why you didn't do it before.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 08:02 PM   #14
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Re: What version of Slack will run well on a pII 233?

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Originally posted by terdbird
v10.1 runs kind of slow in X on the computer. I know there is a version that will run well on this computer, how far back should I go?

I run 10.1 with fluxbox on my PII 266. Runs fine.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 08:05 PM   #15
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Processor speed means nothing in linux though.(ok actually it does) but not as much as you would think.

It is really all about ram.
 
  


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