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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by gerrman97 View Post
    in my opinion, windows would be better for that. but if u want a linux distro, i think ubuntu is the best. can you give me any info on the laptop
    Ubuntu isn't light weight and that is what I want. As I've mentioned, I don't know anything about the laptop other than it's old and runs XP. It's an adventure into the unknown!

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Look in to Bodhi Linux. It's Ubuntu based and uses Enlightenment 17. Blazingly fast on old hardware with the advantage of the Ubuntu repos.

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Look in to Bodhi Linux. It's Ubuntu based and uses Enlightenment 17. Blazingly fast on old hardware with the advantage of the Ubuntu repos.
    I will, thanks.

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Hello Bo; Just wondering, is it possible to configure your SSD to external usb drive?

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by offgridguy View Post
    Hello Bo; Just wondering, is it possible to configure your SSD to external usb drive?
    Not a clue, a friend dumped it on me yesterday I'm the guy people dump old hardware on...
    Wouldn't I just need to get an empty USB-drive chassis and install it. I have one for ide, is it any different for SATA?

    It seems to be a Corsair cssd-f120gb2
    Last edited by Bo Rosén; October 17th, 2012 at 07:07 PM.

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    A follow up question. I didn't expect it, but I've grown quite fond of Unity and find I use the keyboard a lot more now to start applications and locate files. I barely use the launcher really and only have a couple of icons on the desktop itself (a couple of windows games).

    Are there alternatives that are good for an old laptop? If so, do any distributions come with them as default?

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Rosén View Post
    I don't know the model, but let's just assume it's ancient, it runs XP and that is something I plan to fix.
    Once you receive it post the make, model & specs here. Otherwise we are just taking a stab in the dark.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Rosén View Post
    I also have a 120gb SSD lying around, though I've no idea if it's possible to install it.
    If the laptop is really old then it would have a PATA interface which is not so common on SSDs. Majority of SSDs are SATA but there are exceptions.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Rosén View Post
    Anyway, which light-weight distro do you suggest, and more importantly 'why'?
    Crunchbang, Archbang, Fuduntu (laptop orientated). A netinstall of Ubuntu with lxde or xfce might suffice. Same goes for Arch.

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Once you receive it post the make, model & specs here. Otherwise we are just taking a stab in the dark.
    I will, my OP was mainly to get some initial suggestions and ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Majority of SSDs are SATA but there are exceptions.
    This one is SATA.

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Crunchbang, Archbang, Fuduntu (laptop orientated). A netinstall of Ubuntu with lxde or xfce might suffice. Same goes for Arch.
    Excellent, thank you. I'll check them out.

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Sounds like a neat little project. I wonder how many people are willing to get rid of old comps that you can toy around with to learn new things. I might try something like this for a little project to keep myself busy.

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    Re: Ancient laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Rosén View Post
    This one is SATA.
    Yes but the interface on the laptop is the main concern here, if it's PATA then you can't use that SSD.

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