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    Which version for Older laptop

    I have an older laptop HP NX9030.

    It has 512Mb Ram
    Intel Processor
    msinfo shows it as x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6 Genuine Intel ~1396

    Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller

    Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG Network Card
    Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet Card


    I am wondering what version of Ubuntu I can install that will work well and quick. XP is really bogged down. It is going to be for my kids who pretty much just use it for internet and some online gaming via browser, Java and Flash.

    Thank you,

    Steve

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    I give Lubuntu a shot. It is designed to use less resources than Ubuntu.

    http://www.lubuntu.net/

    Your processor is 32bit with pae support.

    http://ark.intel.com/products/27584/...Hz-400-MHz-FSB

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen_Hathaway View Post

    I am wondering what version of Ubuntu I can install that will work well and quick. XP is really bogged down. It is going to be for my kids who pretty much just use it for internet and some online gaming via browser, Java and Flash.
    I would advice a fresh install of WinXP. With so little RAM, Lubuntu plus browsing and gaming is not going to be a nice experience.

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    You might take a look at Bodhi Linux, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and shares Ubuntu's repos.

    It uses the Enlightenment 17 desktop shell/window manager (way lighter than a full blown DE) and runs on very low spec machines. Enlightenment is very mature and stable -- predating both GNOME and XFCE -- but has been kept modern.

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    Thread moved to Recurring Discussions.

    Welcome. There are a gazillion threads covering this already, most of them in the sub-forum.

    Always search before posting.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ubuntu+Whi...+Older+laptop+
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; September 24th, 2013 at 06:34 AM.

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen_Hathaway View Post
    I have an older laptop HP NX9030.

    It has 512Mb Ram
    Intel Processor
    msinfo shows it as x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6 Genuine Intel ~1396

    Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller

    Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG Network Card
    Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet Card


    I am wondering what version of Ubuntu I can install that will work well and quick. XP is really bogged down. It is going to be for my kids who pretty much just use it for internet and some online gaming via browser, Java and Flash.

    Thank you,

    Steve
    At least some of those computers come with Pentium M CPUs, that has PAE capability but now PAE flag. So I suggest that you try either of a new Lubuntu with fake-PAE or Xubuntu 12.04 LTS or Precise Gnome Classic Tweaks. LXLE or Bodhi (some of which have already been suggested). If you can find some (second-hand?) memory to make a total of 1GB RAM, the computer would perform much better. See these links

    http://www.cnet.com/laptops/hp-compa...-31219480.html
    Old hardware
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE
    One Button Installer, 'OBI'
    Last edited by sudodus; September 24th, 2013 at 06:40 AM.

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen_Hathaway View Post
    I have an older laptop HP NX9030.

    It has 512Mb Ram
    Intel Processor
    msinfo shows it as x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6 Genuine Intel ~1396

    Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller

    Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG Network Card
    Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet Card


    I am wondering what version of Ubuntu I can install that will work well and quick. XP is really bogged down. It is going to be for my kids who pretty much just use it for internet and some online gaming via browser, Java and Flash.

    Thank you,

    Steve
    You cannot use a modern browser and browse complex modern websites quickly and smoothly with 512MB of ram on any operating system.

    1GB ram is like night and day compared with 512MB, buy 512MB of second hand ram and install Xubuntu is my suggestion. Or even keep XP with a 1GB set up.

    If you want to know what type of ram to buy let me know.

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    I have an old laptop with a ( i think ) 450 mhz cpu amd i run puppy linux on it. runs get. It also runs winxp pretty good also. I believe it has 384 megs rams.

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    Try LinuxLite. Light on resources and similar enough to XP to not create version shock.
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

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    Re: Which version for Older laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Buntu Bunny View Post
    Try LinuxLite. Light on resources and similar enough to XP to not create version shock.
    It'll run fine, there are a bunch of Linux OSes that run well on 512MB of ram.

    But as soon as you open the newest version of Chrome/Chromium/Firefox, Flash Player and a few tabs, it will be slow, like any OS on 512MB.

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