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    installing ubuntu on old Toshiba laptop

    I wonder if anyone will take a stab at helping me with an install.
    I have an old Toshiba laptop, 2415-S205. With just 256MB of RAM it runs Win XP, SP3 but just barely, i.e. very slow. So I thought I'd give Ubuntu a try.

    I burned a CD with ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso.
    I boot up the laptop and I get as far as the screen that lets me choose between "trying" and "installing" Ubuntu. I click on "install" (since I'm not interested in continuing to try to run XP) and the cursor changes to the little circle with moving dots to indicate activity. But after a few seconds all activity ceases. No more moving dots, no hard drive or CD activity.

    I've tried this several times with the same result although once I got to the next screen which gave me choice of using the network (ethernet cable *is* plugged in) to get updates as I install. I decided not to check the box. But it hung this time too.

    I burned a 2nd CD just in case but this behaves the same.

    What about the release I'm trying to install? Should I have found a release specific to this Toshiba machine?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: installing ubuntu on old Toshiba laptop

    With 256 MB, use Lubuntu.

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    Re: installing ubuntu on old Toshiba laptop

    Several other alternatives:

    Install to old Toshiba
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1634538

    Lighter weight Versions use with Chromium browser as it is lighter than firefox:
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal
    Light Linux Distributions - Hardware Testing (RAM)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1582027
    Lubuntu, which uses the LXDE desktop environment, targeted at "normal computers" with 128 MB
    Xubuntu, a "lightweight" distribution based on the Xfce desktop environment or add LXDE desktop (is not lubuntu)
    with Gnumeric and AbiWord by default
    Crunchbang: the unofficial Ubuntu Lite
    Someone posted this:
    Linux Mint XFCE runs fine on a PIII, 500 MHz
    8 of the best tiny Linux distros
    http://www.techradar.com/news/softwa...distros-683552
    Slitaz, DSL, Puppy, Crunchbang, Slackware, Zenwalk, Vector
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: installing ubuntu on old Toshiba laptop

    If you upgraded the memory on this box you could run whatever you want. If not then try antiX, one of the best lighter weight distros
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