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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2014

    Recommendations for Pentium 4

    Im recently bought a used tower. Its a few years old and the previous owner installed xubuntu on it. Im not a fan of xubuntu and have had a few issues getting certain things working on it (it also lags from time to time, but I have a feeling thats due to the hardware). As a result I've begun contemplating installing ubuntu 12.04LTS on it. The only reason I havent tried installing it yet is because I'm worried the current tower set up may not be sufficient to allow ubuntu to run smoothly without lags. Ive included some of the specifics below and would like to request some of you fellow experts and long time users on what would be most appropriate distribution to install, based on the current hardware. FYI, I plan on using the tower for simpling things like browsing the internet (I usually have multiple tabs open), watching videos, and word processing. Any input is greatly appreciated!

    $ cat /proc/cpuinfo
    processor : 0
    vendor_id : GenuineIntel
    cpu family : 15
    model : 4
    model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz
    stepping : 1
    microcode : 0x9
    cpu MHz : 3066.530
    cache size : 1024 KB
    fdiv_bug : no
    hlt_bug : no
    f00f_bug : no
    coma_bug : no
    fpu : yes
    fpu_exception : yes
    cpuid level : 5
    wp : yes
    flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx constant_tsc up pebs bts pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl tm2 cid xtpr
    bogomips : 6133.06
    clflush size : 64
    cache_alignment : 128
    address sizes : 36 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
    power management:

    $ free -m

    total used free shared buffers cached
    Mem: 993 833 159 0 74 411
    -/+ buffers/cache: 348 644
    Swap: 1011 0 1011
    $ uname -m
    $ getconf LONG_BIT
    $ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda1 146G 7.5G 131G 6% /
    udev 489M 4.0K 489M 1% /dev
    tmpfs 199M 784K 198M 1% /run
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 497M 4.0K 497M 1% /run/shm
    none 100M 8.0K 100M 1% /run/user
    $ cat /proc/meminfo
    MemTotal: 1016912 kB
    MemFree: 163304 kB
    Buffers: 75960 kB
    Cached: 421052 kB
    SwapCached: 0 kB
    Active: 405224 kB
    Inactive: 374144 kB
    Active(anon): 288808 kB
    Inactive(anon): 94608 kB
    Active(file): 116416 kB
    Inactive(file): 279536 kB
    Unevictable: 31108 kB
    Mlocked: 31108 kB
    HighTotal: 124912 kB
    HighFree: 1656 kB
    LowTotal: 892000 kB
    LowFree: 161648 kB
    SwapTotal: 1036284 kB
    SwapFree: 1036284 kB
    Dirty: 0 kB
    Writeback: 0 kB
    AnonPages: 313436 kB
    Mapped: 83820 kB
    Shmem: 95272 kB
    Slab: 23340 kB
    SReclaimable: 13100 kB
    SUnreclaim: 10240 kB
    KernelStack: 2560 kB
    PageTables: 5160 kB
    NFS_Unstable: 0 kB
    Bounce: 0 kB
    WritebackTmp: 0 kB
    CommitLimit: 1544740 kB
    Committed_AS: 1694028 kB
    VmallocTotal: 122880 kB
    VmallocUsed: 12600 kB
    VmallocChunk: 108216 kB
    HardwareCorrupted: 0 kB
    AnonHugePages: 0 kB
    HugePages_Total: 0
    HugePages_Free: 0
    HugePages_Rsvd: 0
    HugePages_Surp: 0
    Hugepagesize: 2048 kB
    DirectMap4k: 24568 kB
    DirectMap2M: 888832 kB
    Last edited by numer248; January 16th, 2014 at 03:22 AM. Reason: Marked as solved

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Reykjavk, sland
    Lubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Recommendations for Pentium 4

    Hi, welcome to the fora.

    You didn't mention the most important part: The screen card. Anyway, a Pentium 4 with 1 GB memory would be happy with Lubuntu.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Recommendations for Pentium 4

    +1. I quite agree with mrgs. I even think he is a bit pessimistic. I have a computer here with a Pentium processor, 1 GiB of RAM, and an old AGP-card, on which I installed Ubuntu 12.04. It is fast enough, but with Lubuntu it would be snappier, I suppose. THE limitation is the AGP-card, I think (e.g. can not shrink the icons in the starter to a more decent size).


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Recommendations for Pentium 4

    lubuntu for faster experience. you can use ram and system resources for running programs instead of to run nice interface...
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics:
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2014

    Re: Recommendations for Pentium 4

    Thank you for the responses and suggestions. I'll give lubuntu a try in that case. For the curious and those that care, the graphics car is an Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 04).

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Reykjavk, sland
    Lubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Recommendations for Pentium 4

    It's an OK card which works in Lubuntu 13.10 without any special settings.
    Please mark the thread 'solved'.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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