old hardware and something that works.
I have wanted a linux installation for a while. I have tried many versions and got the same results - total system lockups after a few hours.
I'll admit many of the problems were probably of my own making - installing things that were not in the software center (themes, utilities), doing stuff in the terminal that I got of the net, mostly to try to get flash to work.
Now I have LXLE (ubuntu 12.04) installed and have gone over 24 hours with no problems or reboots. It has everything I need, looks nice, and with the qshutdown app I have suspended about 20 times with no problems - a sure freeze previously.
If it is not in the software center - forget it.
For flash on old machines - search for flashplayer archives, download (save) old version (11.102.62?). Use software center to uninstall flashplayer, extract the old version, and copy and paste it into the mozilla plugin folder. If you are as new as I was, post a request for detailed instructions.
HP Pavillion tower A264W
AMD Athlon XP 2800 processor
damaged onboard nvidia graphics
ATI Radeon 8500 AGP card
Re: old hardware and something that works.
The Flash workaround is only needed because this is an Athlon XP. For newer AMD's Flash works without modifications.
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