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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlueMonkey View Post
    Sorry about that, It's a GX260 P4 2.4GHZ 256MB 20GB but I'm rumadging for some spare\cheap memory for it
    You'll definitely want more memory for that. But the lighter distros should still run ok on it.

    Just make sure you have BIOS A09. It will sort out some of the graphics issues.

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlueMonkey View Post
    Sorry about that, It's a GX260 P4 2.4GHZ 256MB 20GB but I'm rumadging for some spare\cheap memory for it

    gotta be a light distro then:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...emRequirements

    as you dont meet min memory requirements for main ubuntu.

    Even with some more memory I think id opt for a light distro. By and large you can still run pretty much any software you need to but it will run much more 'crisply'. No sense bogging down your kit with the OS and leaving no resources for applications to use. Just my opinion but either way, as it is, you dont have enough memory for the main Ubunto distro. Pick between lubuntu and xubuntu which should both just about be fine

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Max memory is 2GB is you can find some laying around, good. You may able to grab some on craigslist used for a decent price too.

    Here are the specs:
    http://www.crucial.com/store/listpar...Series&Cat=RAM

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Thank you for all your help,

    Changing the video memory has fixed my install issues (even with bios 03, I'll get the latest version on there at some point)

    I've thrown ubuntu 7.10 on there at the moment to play around with while I wait for some extra memory to turn up, then I'm thinking about getting Lubuntu on there and seeing what I think of that.

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Was was it the default 1MB set for video memory?

    Can you call this solved yet?

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Just a heads-up to the OP...

    I administer several GX260's at my office. To date, I have been unable to get any version of Ubuntu or Debian using kernel 2.6.32 or newer to function with the onboard graphics. Increasing the video memory does not solve this issue.

    You can stay with an older version of Ubuntu (up to 9.10). My work-around was to purchase cheap, used AGP graphics cards from ebay (they were less than $10 each).

    With only 256 mb of RAM you'll want to run one of the lightweight DE's. With 512 mb you can run Gnome2 satisfactorily, but it won't be a speed demon.
    Last edited by PhilGil; June 23rd, 2011 at 08:03 PM.

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    Re: Dell GX260 + a newbie = issues

    Quote Originally Posted by crispy_420 View Post
    Was was it the default 1MB set for video memory?

    Can you call this solved yet?

    Yes this can be closed as resolved.

    In the end I got a copy of the alternate lubuntu 10.10 install from here
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Docu...ternateInstall

    I changed the graphics settings in the bios from 1mb video memory to 8mb video memory.

    I also upped the ram to 1gb

    I ran through the text install which all went smoothly and started the machine after install into the desktop.

    I then ran the various system updates from the update manager.

    there were a couple of errors saying things like
    "services to restart for GNU libc library upgrade
    rsync cups cron atd"

    Overall, it all seems fine.... I just have to learn what these messages actually mean and fix em now

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