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    Some advice please - elderly laptop needs some TLC in the form of a suitable distro

    Hi,

    Absolute beginner here.

    I have a Gericom Ego MS1003 laptop from around a century ago.

    It did run XP. Not any more.

    It had a bit of a hissy fit a few weeks ago and I ended up putting Lubuntu on it, which worked great for a few hours but then something popped - I think it was the hard drive.

    Been on fleabay and bought a 6.5gb drive which seems to work okay but I'm struggling to put a lightweight distro on it.

    Tried Lubuntu - it just sort of froze halfway through.

    Tried Cr-OS - no go.

    Tried Puppy Linux - came up with some sort of kernel error (pae?)

    Currently trying to put Mint on it but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. In fact - no - it comes up with "This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: pae - Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.

    That might as well be Dutch to me.................. If someone could explain what it means and whether it is something that can be bypassed/fixed/ignored??

    Going to try Crunchbang next.

    Any suggestions please as to the best lightweight OS I can use?

    The laptop will be used by my 12 year old daughter to surf and that's about it.


    TIA,

    Scrumpypaul
    Last edited by scrumpypaul; March 6th, 2013 at 09:15 PM.

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