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theducksfan2010
March 10th, 2012, 10:08 PM
I have a Acer Travelmate 230 with a
Intel® Mobile Celeron® processor with 256 KB L2 cache that I ran Puppy linux on years ago. But even the new versions of it are loaded with the new Xorg which will not load. This computer does not have a hard drive in it.

I have spent days trying to find a linux distro that will boot from USB and can run on it with 256MB of memory. Does anyone have a recomendation?? I did get Wary Puppy to load, but it could not connect to a WPA2 wireless network...

arochester
March 10th, 2012, 11:15 PM
"antiX works on computers with as little as 64 MB RAM, though 128MB RAM is the recommended minimum and the 486 kernel version should work on AMD K5/k6. antiX is fast and has low RAM usage running live or installed." - http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

bkratz
March 10th, 2012, 11:22 PM
I have a Acer Travelmate 230 with a
Intel® Mobile Celeron® processor with 256 KB L2 cache that I ran Puppy linux on years ago. But even the new versions of it are loaded with the new Xorg which will not load. This computer does not have a hard drive in it.

I have spent days trying to find a linux distro that will boot from USB and can run on it with 256MB of memory. Does anyone have a recomendation?? I did get Wary Puppy to load, but it could not connect to a WPA2 wireless network...



Bodhi may be a very good choice for you. See the system requirements here

http://www.bodhilinux.com/system.php

I2k4
March 10th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Maybe this article will give you some more leads, some of the suggestions are on my fun to-try list:

http://maketecheasier.com/best-lightweight-linux-distribution-for-older-computers/2012/02/17

theducksfan2010
March 10th, 2012, 11:33 PM
AntiX vs Bodhi? Anything to recommend one over the other?

bkratz
March 10th, 2012, 11:39 PM
AntiX vs Bodhi? Anything to recommend one over the other?



The E17 desktop!

theducksfan2010
March 10th, 2012, 11:41 PM
The E17 desktop!

E17 is in Bodhi?

theducksfan2010
March 10th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Bodhi 1.3.0 is the current release from Bodhi, but the Universal USB installer 1.8.8.7 only allows for bodhi_1.0.0.iso to use for bootable USB. How do I get the 1.3.0 .iso I downloaded to load as a bootable USB?

bkratz
March 10th, 2012, 11:48 PM
E17 is in Bodhi?

Yes, see here

http://www.bodhilinux.com/e17guide/e17guideEN/intro.html

bkratz
March 10th, 2012, 11:51 PM
Bodhi 1.3.0 is the current release from Bodhi, but the Universal USB installer 1.8.8.7 only allows for bodhi_1.0.0.iso to use for bootable USB. How do I get the 1.3.0 .iso I downloaded to load as a bootable USB?

Please see my response to your other posting in the other thread

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1937848&page=2

sidzen
March 10th, 2012, 11:54 PM
antiX support forum is tops; if new do a Full install, if intermediate use a Base install. Post-install, run the smxi (http://smxi.org/) script to tweak it -- easy!

theducksfan2010
March 11th, 2012, 12:39 AM
Doing a UNetbootin install to USB drive of Bodhi. If there is anything missing or incompatible, slow with this I will give AntiX a try.

theducksfan2010
March 11th, 2012, 03:12 AM
bkratz, I installed Bodhi from the USB drive onto a external hard drive, it boots up on this laptop, but the one I am trying to bring back to life says no operating system found. Any ideas on how to get anything to install on a external hd or USB on the old laptop and actually boot up, not just inststall the .iso on a usb drive that will not be actually installed as a OS.

bkratz
March 11th, 2012, 03:31 AM
bkratz, I installed Bodhi from the USB drive onto a external hard drive, it boots up on this laptop, but the one I am trying to bring back to life says no operating system found. Any ideas on how to get anything to install on a external hd or USB on the old laptop and actually boot up, not just inststall the .iso on a usb drive that will not be actually installed as a OS.


Does you laptop allow you to boot from another device (usb) in the bios?

theducksfan2010
March 11th, 2012, 04:40 AM
CD-ROM, Hard Drive, +Removable Devices (Legacy Floppy Drives).

BUT, YES it will boot off of USB. I booted the Bodhi loaded with UNetbootin, but that just loads the .iso on the USB, it does not load a bootable functioning OS.

I'm trying to do ZenWalk using Universal USB installer as we speak, I'm trying tons of distro .ISO's and ways of loading but no success in booting up. The only thing that worked so far was the new Wary Puppy linux, but it would not connect wirelessly. The other new distros of Puppy use the new Xorg which this old laptop can't handle.

theducksfan2010
March 11th, 2012, 04:47 AM
The ZenWalk USB load results in:

SYSLINUX 3.86 2010-04-01 EBIOS Copyright (C) 1994-2010 H. Peter Anvin et al
No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
boot: