PDA

View Full Version : [other] Installation - CPU = P3, Ram=192MB



dobber1978
April 2nd, 2011, 03:23 PM
Any recommendation on what I can install on an older laptop computer?

The computer is an old Dell machine that currently runs win98. I would like to move this machine out to the garage so that I can access manuals and service bulletins.

The machine states that it has 192MB of ram and I think it's a 500MHz PIII CPU.

Currently it doesn't have a wireless network card but I would like to install one so recommendations here would be great as well.

Thanks
Jeff

ojdon
April 2nd, 2011, 03:26 PM
Ubuntu-wise, the lubuntu (http://lubuntu.net/) version is going to be your best bet running on that machine. If it doesn't run well you might want to look at a Puppy Linux flavour.

Joe of loath
April 2nd, 2011, 03:44 PM
Lubuntu will work, but replace chromium with midori as a browser, as chromium is too heavy.

mrgs
April 2nd, 2011, 04:16 PM
If you have Windows 98, it is more than likely that you have a virus. Best is to format as soon as possible.

Chromium is only heavy with many windows open. I have a similar machine, and it runs a one-window Chromium with a decent speed.

Remember to install Flashblock.

Joe of loath
April 2nd, 2011, 04:38 PM
If you have Windows 98, it is more than likely that you have a virus. Best is to format as soon as possible.

Chromium is only heavy with many windows open. I have a similar machine, and it runs a one-window Chromium with a decent speed.

Remember to install Flashblock.

Yes, but midori will run multiple windows at the same speed ;)

Simba7
April 2nd, 2011, 06:36 PM
If you have Windows 98, it is more than likely that you have a virus. Best is to format as soon as possible.

Chromium is only heavy with many windows open. I have a similar machine, and it runs a one-window Chromium with a decent speed.

Remember to install Flashblock.
No format, shred. One pass should be enough (shred -v -n 1 /dev/sda). That way the drive is clean from beginning to end.

dobber1978
April 3rd, 2011, 01:34 PM
And no issues with opening PDFs with Lubuntu??

Dutch70
April 3rd, 2011, 02:00 PM
Lubuntu uses Evince, it should work fine for opening PDF's. You can always test it from the live cd/usb. Although it will be slower.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Applications (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Applications)

mrgs
April 3rd, 2011, 02:38 PM
You can just add an alternative PDF reader from the repositories, if you don't like the default one. Linux is about choice :-)

I am very pleased with Evince, though.

dobber1978
April 4th, 2011, 02:48 AM
Are there any tricks to installing Lubuntu?

I downloaded from both Torrents and their server and I can't get either to install.

What I tried:
Downloaded the .iso file for version 10.10 of Lubuntu and burnt it to a CD-R.
Changed boot sequence to CDROM first.
Disk in computer.
Powered up computer.
The Lubuntu screen comes up and I selected english as language
I ran the check disk and the disk checks out without error.
I next try to install Lubuntu.
I get the Lubuntu logo and that is where it hangs up.

Now I noticed that it nevers asks to format the hard drive. Do I have to do this on my own?

Thanks again,
Jeff

Dutch70
April 4th, 2011, 06:17 AM
Next time you boot up the disc, select "Try lubuntu" We can get a lot more info from there.

Just to let you know, I had a problem installing Lubuntu on one of my older computers, but Xubuntu installed without a hitch. At the same time, I've seen people try to install Xubuntu and have the same problem, while Lubuntu installed easily for them. Not quite sure of the difference yet.

mrgs
April 4th, 2011, 10:20 AM
If there is trouble installing Lubuntu, try post 261 here:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1155961&page=27

dobber1978
April 6th, 2011, 03:28 AM
Ok, ended up getting Lubuntu installed.

Ended up using the direction at the following address:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/DocumentationHelp/MinimalInstall

Installation worked like a charm.

Now does anyone have a wireless card that will work in this old machine that Lubuntu will recognize?

Joe of loath
April 6th, 2011, 08:00 AM
what interfaces does it have? Mini pci, pcmcia etc?

dobber1978
April 6th, 2011, 11:48 AM
Sorry, it's the one that goes in the side and is eject-able. Believe this is the pcmcia.