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    Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    Any recommendation on what I can install on an older laptop computer?

    The computer is an old Dell machine that currently runs win98. I would like to move this machine out to the garage so that I can access manuals and service bulletins.

    The machine states that it has 192MB of ram and I think it's a 500MHz PIII CPU.

    Currently it doesn't have a wireless network card but I would like to install one so recommendations here would be great as well.

    Thanks
    Jeff

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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    Ubuntu-wise, the lubuntu version is going to be your best bet running on that machine. If it doesn't run well you might want to look at a Puppy Linux flavour.

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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    Lubuntu will work, but replace chromium with midori as a browser, as chromium is too heavy.
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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    If you have Windows 98, it is more than likely that you have a virus. Best is to format as soon as possible.

    Chromium is only heavy with many windows open. I have a similar machine, and it runs a one-window Chromium with a decent speed.

    Remember to install Flashblock.
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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    If you have Windows 98, it is more than likely that you have a virus. Best is to format as soon as possible.

    Chromium is only heavy with many windows open. I have a similar machine, and it runs a one-window Chromium with a decent speed.

    Remember to install Flashblock.
    Yes, but midori will run multiple windows at the same speed
    There's no place like ~/

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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    If you have Windows 98, it is more than likely that you have a virus. Best is to format as soon as possible.

    Chromium is only heavy with many windows open. I have a similar machine, and it runs a one-window Chromium with a decent speed.

    Remember to install Flashblock.
    No format, shred. One pass should be enough (shred -v -n 1 /dev/sda). That way the drive is clean from beginning to end.

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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    And no issues with opening PDFs with Lubuntu??

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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    Lubuntu uses Evince, it should work fine for opening PDF's. You can always test it from the live cd/usb. Although it will be slower.
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Applications
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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    You can just add an alternative PDF reader from the repositories, if you don't like the default one. Linux is about choice

    I am very pleased with Evince, though.
    About problems due to upgrading
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    Re: Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB

    Are there any tricks to installing Lubuntu?

    I downloaded from both Torrents and their server and I can't get either to install.

    What I tried:
    Downloaded the .iso file for version 10.10 of Lubuntu and burnt it to a CD-R.
    Changed boot sequence to CDROM first.
    Disk in computer.
    Powered up computer.
    The Lubuntu screen comes up and I selected english as language
    I ran the check disk and the disk checks out without error.
    I next try to install Lubuntu.
    I get the Lubuntu logo and that is where it hangs up.

    Now I noticed that it nevers asks to format the hard drive. Do I have to do this on my own?

    Thanks again,
    Jeff

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