View Full Version : [ubuntu] Trying to set ubuntu on an older computer

September 15th, 2008, 05:30 AM
Its a 1.3G 128mb ram pavillion

Should it work? I am getting an error, something about a network connection down (bit cryptic)

Any one had experience with the older pavillions?

September 15th, 2008, 05:31 AM
she might be too ancient for ubuntu, I would suggest puppy linux or something for it.

September 15th, 2008, 05:35 AM
i manage to run ubuntu on a 1200mhz with 256 megs of ram and if i don,t open too much at once and or close others before opening new its slow but works. but that 128 megs of ram i don,t think ubuntu will work very well at all .
they say 348megs is the min amount.
if you could double the ram or more it would work just fine mostly.

September 15th, 2008, 05:36 AM
I've installed Ubuntu on smaller systems than this, but Debian with XFCE does better on them really. You don't have enough RAM for the liveCD installer - you'll need the alternate installation CD for Ubuntu. I'd suggest you use Xubuntu rather than Ubuntu, since XFCE uses less RAM than Gnome.

September 15th, 2008, 05:38 AM
Hmm, maybe you should consider a lighter distro, like Xubuntu or Fluxbuntu

September 15th, 2008, 05:38 AM
I have been able to get Ubuntu Hardy to successfully install and run on 866 MHZ P3 with 256 megs of RAM OK, and run compiz to boot (mind you, compiz looked terrible...:) )

I guess it depends if the hardware is still working--those old machines tend to 'stop'

Personally, I have had success with slower.

September 15th, 2008, 05:40 AM
Btw... I didn't get the LiveCD work on an old Dell laptop computer with 128 megs of RAM. (Yea, OLD!), but I was able to install from the alternate CD.

Your RAM might be an issue even for Xubuntu.

September 15th, 2008, 05:50 AM
The issue is the amount of ram,the cpu should be OK. Xubuntu is meant to be able to work with 128mb ram, but the installation needs to be done off the alternate cd as the live xubuntu cd needs 192mb ram to install, but the alternate can install on as little as 64mb ram (if I remember correctly.

September 15th, 2008, 05:54 AM
I'm going to try xubuntu, wish me luck.



September 15th, 2008, 05:58 AM
Should be OK as long as you use the alternate cd.

September 15th, 2008, 06:16 AM
Should be OK as long as you use the alternate cd.Agreed: use the alternate CD

Good luck :)