Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 31

Thread: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Midwest
    Beans
    503
    Distro
    Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    You know, I was almost going to ask the same question. I want to use Xubuntu/Ubuntu on a 166 Mnz machine (Omnibook 5700) with 48 MB of ram. (Can't upgrade the ram, it takes one of those obsolete ram sticks with fetch nearly $100 on E-Bay which is a 64 MB RAM). Besides this machine can only go to 128 MB RAM.

    So been doing some reading and googling. Seems I can install 7.04 as a server, and then selectively install various things via command line. From what I read Gnome is out and so is XFCE (from what I read) but instead use IceWM or Fluxbox.

    I saw another thread with using a combination of DSL, G-Parted. I prefer using a Ubuntu derivative.

    I found this
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...wMemorySystems

    And a older thread

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=174974

    And another thread mentioning Ubuntu/Debian-Sarge Mini-RAM HOWTO

    How to install an Ubuntu-Desktop on low memory systems
    (Pentium II and III Processor, 32-256 MB RAM)

    http://www.binonabiso.com/en/Ubuntu-miniRAM-HOWTO.html

    I downloaded the minimal 7.04 and selected "server" as BOOT. I am going to follow the steps contained in the threads. If it doesn't work out then I will try selecting the command line from the alternate install CD from 7.04. I mention 7.04 because the thread said 8.04 might have some bugs.

    Not only do I need to get this going on this 48 MB laptop. I will be getting two more laptops (from E-bay) with 64 MB RAM and if this pans out...I can use the same method on those laptops. (However those I believe takes the more "modern" 144 pin SODIMMs.) Some people collect stamps, I collect computers....


    (Further complicating this is that the laptop (Omnibook 5700) that this is going on is 48 MB RAM, but the laptop doesn't boot from CD. So I have taken the hard drive from it, put it in another laptop Compaq Presario 1200 (with 96 MB) ram...which boots off the CD and will install it on it and then transfer the hard drive to the (Omnibook 5700) with 48 MB RAM that doesn't boot off the CD (due to the ancient bios which only allows floppy or hard drive boot only)....and the bios is as "up to date" as one could have.

    This has been a ongoing project for a few months. I did sucessfully install Windows NT 4.0 on the Omnibook 5700 with a floppy and the CD Rom which i bought off of E-bay last year. (It will boot to the floppy and them allow it to play the CD). BTW, NT 4.0 while a fine OS for its time...it is hopelessly out of date.

    OK so...why didn't I just go with DSL. Tried that, either my DSL disc is shot...but when I tried to format the HD, it could not find the hard drive....maybe I needed to format and partition first?

    Then again, It has been only a year playing with Linux and I still don't fully comprehend having to format and partition BEFORE installing....unlike Ubuntu and most other distros which does it on the fly.

    So why didn't I try using the floppy boot disc from Puppy or DSL. Tried that too. Problem was my floppy drive is on my XP machine, the file is 147,000 and the floppy limit is 144,000. Obviously I am missing something here.

    I tried Tom's rtbt 2.0 floppy boot program...yes..you guessed it ..the file was too large. Again maybe its because I was trying to make a Linux boot floppy from a XP machine?

    I also tried installing Xubuntu 7.04 in its entirety on the hard drive (using the stand in laptop with 96 MB)...hoping that I can use it in some fashion ...just maybe.

    Well there is yet another problem. Since the Omnibook 5700 bios only recognizes small hard drives (like 2.1 GB) installing anything bigger like the spare 6.4 GB drive was not recognized on the Omnibook 5700. So yes I did try putting Xubuntu 7.04 on it...It got stuck a 85% through the installation and hung there for hours...yes I was using the alternate 7.04. I though xubuntu 7.04 only takes 1.5 GB space...yet I saw in another thread it takes more...(I'm still learning)

    So why don't just toss the Omnibook 5700 and go to something else? Well first off its in nearly pristine condition and the battery still works for about 20 minutes to a half hour and I got it from my brother in law a year ago. I guess I could just throw NT 4.0 back on it and let it gather dust. But there has to be a way to throw Linux on it and be able to run even maybe only one app at a time.


    So this is one of my ongoing projects...please pardon the long rant...I needed to explain why I am going by this method and if anyone wants to add to this...please do!
    ---------------------------------------------------------------


    P.S. maybe I will start a separate thread on the worst "out of date" computers to use with Linux. So far I have two in the running the .....Omnibook 5700.

    And the Chembook 6133...which I was unable to install any form of Ubuntu/Xubuntu on it, though Vector Linux installed and ran just OK on it. The Chembook has 164 ram and should run Xubuntu...but thats for another thread.

    Hint, you have to disassemble the whole computer bottom cover to access the ram....which is located behind the fan and the heatsink on the bottom......lol
    Your TV might soon be obsolete...find out at https://www.dtv2009.gov/
    Close the Windows and "open" the "source" . 2008 is the year for Linux

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Atlanta, GA USA
    Beans
    7,257
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    my vote goes to either debian or ubuntu minimal install with openbox. i would not run xubuntu without at least 192 ram. fluxbox may also be an option.

  3. #13

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    Quote Originally Posted by eragon100 View Post
    Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?
    Yes. Now if your question was ...
    Quote Originally Posted by eragon100 View Post
    Will xubuntu run well on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?
    I'd say no. But I have different standards than most people.
    Ubuntu user #7247 :: Linux user #409907
    inconsolation.wordpress.com

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Atlanta, GA USA
    Beans
    7,257
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    hey midwest, i would do my best to get DSL to work on it. it's probably your best bet.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Beans
    2,132

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    I would recommend Slackware or Vector on that machine.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Beans
    310

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    The funny thing about this is if this was a person that only runs Windows, he/she would chuck it away because there is no other solution than running 98 or 2000

    PS. Vector should even be better like cardinals says. The reason I suggested debian was because its the closest thing to Ubuntu.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Beans
    414

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    Canonical should ditch Xfce and Xubuntu and build and support a Ubuntu distro with Enlightenment, Fluxbox, IceWM, Rox or JWM.
    Last edited by darrelljon; July 29th, 2008 at 02:36 PM.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Beans
    6,025

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    Quote Originally Posted by darrelljon View Post
    Canonical should ditch Xfce and Xubuntu and build and support a Ubuntu distro with Enlightenment, Fluxbox, IceWM, Rox or JWM.
    You have a valid point there. Xfce does not use that much less resources compared to the normal Gnome version.

    Even better, they could make one distro with all the above you mentioned included or at least E17, Openbox, IceWM all depending how much they can fit on the cd. Or at least have prebuilt meta packages in the repos.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Beans
    683
    Distro
    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    I'd have to disagree.

    Ubuntu 7.04 will receive security updates for only another two months, so it is not a good choice to install.

    Heaviness or lightness depends most greatly on the packages you choose to install, not how recent or old a release you install them from.

    If Fluxbox is what you're comfortable with, yes. I prefer IceWM myself. If you like IceWM better, too, you might want to look into IceBuntu.

    Alternatively, you can install Xubuntu and then install Fluxbox or IceWM on top of it and just choose to use the window manager at the GDM login screen instead of using Xfce.
    Good point. I have 7.04 (Xubuntu) running on my son's first "real" computer (he's 4 and only uses it for email and TuxPaint so far). I have kept 7.04 on there because it only uses about 64 MB on bootup (compared to ~100 MB for 8.04) and the machine is very modest (Celeron 466Mhz, 256MB). I need to keep this system simple and easy to use for him. Would IceBuntu fill the bill? Or should I just install Xubuntu 8.04 and IceWM on top. All I really need to run on it is Thunderbird (for built-in HTML support, otherwise I'd use Sylpheed), TuxPaint, and a few other childrens' games like Gcompris and Childsplay. I like the Ubuntu way to simplify security updates, so I'm hesitant to try other distros because I'm not familiar with them and don't have time to learn a new way.

    Thanks for any tips.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Midwest
    Beans
    503
    Distro
    Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

    Re: Will xubuntu run on a 500 mhz processor and 128 mb ram?

    Well I went with DSL, I finally got to the desktop. I attempted to install it to the hard drive . I created a partition (hda1). But it won't install because I have to do cfdsk, I typed that into the command terminal and it said it was invalid.

    I found on You Tube a excellent DSL install video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhP17LPOCOU
    Last edited by Midwest-Linux; July 29th, 2008 at 06:14 PM. Reason: update
    Your TV might soon be obsolete...find out at https://www.dtv2009.gov/
    Close the Windows and "open" the "source" . 2008 is the year for Linux

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •