which puppy should i use? There's like Slacko, Precise, Lucid etc.
Precise Puppy should be good. It's compatible with packages from Ubuntu 12.04, but unlike 12.04 the entire OS is just 166MB in size and can load itself in it's entirety into the Toshiba's 256MB ram and never need to access the hard disk ever. And when you are done on the PC and shutting it down, it will ask were you would like to save everything you have done to the OS durring the current session to say a place on the hard disk. Did I also mention all codecs, flash, and java are installed by default. At least they were the last time I used Puppy last year.
Kewl Downloading it now! I'll update on how it goes.
well still end up having a black screen. i read up a little and ubuntu doesn't support trident graphics with legacy chipsets so i'll just leave the ol toshiba runnin XP... thanks tho
did you try any of the boot options?
you just might need to do some manual configuration.
as long as the driver is still in kernel the only things that needs to be figured out is how to boot the OS and configure it in 12.04.
are you saying that when you boot you don't even get to see grub? i mean you should be able to get to at least some basic functionality GUI or at least some text output on screen.
you might also give DSL (damn small linux) a shot if you can't get it to run with Ubutnu. it uses quite old kernel. this is not good for new maschines but a blessing for the old hardware.
It's possible to turn off the semi-transparency, but Unity's still a bit slow.
If you use Ubuntu 12.04 instead, you can use a 2D version of Unity. Or, alternatively, you can install 12.10 and then change desktop environment.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.
I'm running Puppy Slacko on an old pentium M laptop and it works just fine. Give it a shot.