Absolute beginner here.
I have a Gericom Ego MS1003 laptop from around a century ago.
It did run XP. Not any more.
It had a bit of a hissy fit a few weeks ago and I ended up putting Lubuntu on it, which worked great for a few hours but then something popped - I think it was the hard drive.
Been on fleabay and bought a 6.5gb drive which seems to work okay but I'm struggling to put a lightweight distro on it.
Tried Lubuntu - it just sort of froze halfway through.
Tried Cr-OS - no go.
Tried Puppy Linux - came up with some sort of kernel error (pae?)
Currently trying to put Mint on it but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. In fact - no - it comes up with "This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: pae - Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.
That might as well be Dutch to me.................. If someone could explain what it means and whether it is something that can be bypassed/fixed/ignored??
Going to try Crunchbang next.
Any suggestions please as to the best lightweight OS I can use?
The laptop will be used by my 12 year old daughter to surf and that's about it.