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  1. #11
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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    Send it to recycling. 4-5 years old hardware is so cheap that it's not worth the effort.
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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    OLD PCs/Macs still have use today, just not as much as when you originally bought them.
    Most are used as file servers.

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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    Yes, a headless server is an option, but I would not recommend anything with a GUI on a 150 MHz processor. Am I right guessing something like 16 years of age?
    Last edited by mrgs; May 10th, 2013 at 10:13 AM.
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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Mills View Post
    I agree with this. You would be lucky to get any semi-modern linux to install. Perhaps an old version of linux from the early 2000's will work, but even then probably not very well.
    An old (=unsupported) distro is a security breach.
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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    A Gui desktop is perfectly possible however... he will have to compile from source, I recommend arch but gentoo may be easier to manage due to the fact it's probably a 486 but could be a 586 cpu, he hasn't responded with what he really has he just gave us I have a 150MHZ cpu, 20GB of hdd, and 192mb ram. Sums up it's from 1997-1998. There's no way he's getting kde to rythambox or banshee will work fine under a 386, 486, and 586 just fine but the key is compile it for that architecture plus it will use less resources.

    I recommend openbox as it at least gives you a right click menu and it's easy to use.

    A Nice install for 586 for arch, still works today.
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Install_Arch_i586

    Again for pdfs and music, and ancient hardware just use windows 95 or even 98 and call it a day. Linux is awesome but it's constantly moving, I'd probably go as far as saying use windows 3.1, I know you want linux but there's no getting around compiling everything due to your ancient hardware.

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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    Again, Puppy would do well on that.
    Last edited by excollier; May 10th, 2013 at 02:04 PM.

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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    I guess that the CPU is i586 or later because clock rate of i486 is under 100MHz according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_486, although I am not sure.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80586

    I suggest debian without broat desktop environment with OpenBox.
    I have a laptop PC; IBM thinkpad X22 with 128MB RAM and I enjoy surfing the web with debian sid and iceweasel on it.
    (It has PentiumIII-M 733MHz, which is by far faster than the CPU of the OP's PC.)
    Last edited by kiyop; May 11th, 2013 at 03:24 PM.
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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    Thank you everyone for your response
    Sorry I didn't wrote this data at first...

    Processors Information
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Processor 1 ID = 0
    Number of cores 1 (max 1)
    Number of threads 1 (max 1)
    Name Intel Pentium
    Codename P54
    Specification
    Package Socket 5 (296)
    CPUID 5.2.C
    Extended CPUID 5.2
    Core Stepping cC0
    Technology 0.35 um
    Core Speed 149.8 MHz
    Instructions sets
    L1 Data cache 8 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 32-byte line size
    L1 Instruction cache 8 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 32-byte line size
    FID/VID Control no

    Chipset
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Northbridge Intel i430TX rev. 01
    Southbridge Intel 82371AB (PIIX4) rev. 01
    On Board Cache 512 KBytes
    Memory Type EDO
    Memory Size 128 MBytes


    Memory SPD
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    DIMM # 1
    SMBus address 0x51
    Memory type SDRAM
    Manufacturer (ID) (0000000000000000)
    Size 128 MBytes
    Max bandwidth PC133 (133 MHz)
    Part number
    Manufacturing date Week 99/Year 37
    Number of banks 2
    Data width 64 bits
    Correction None
    Registered no
    Buffered no
    EPP no
    XMP no
    AMP no
    JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
    JEDEC #1 2.0-2-2-5-n.a. @ 100 MHz
    JEDEC #2 3.0-3-3-6-n.a. @ 133 MHz

    This is a custom built computer.
    It has 4 SIMM modules but when DIMM is installed CPU-Z doesn't detect (SIMMs are 16 MB each)

    This is the link to the full report if you need it
    This is the link to the Main-board manual

    Yes I know this is too old..
    But I'd really like to use it...
    Last edited by Old_Grey_Wolf; May 11th, 2013 at 08:38 PM. Reason: edited font

  9. #19
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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    LXLE may do the trick for you. Should run with those specs. Its like the shelby version of Lubuntu 12.04 , its at 12.04 to ensure support for older hardware.

    www.lxle.net

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    Re: Linux For a Old PC

    AntiX is nice for really old computers

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