Looking for lightweight install for old laptop
location: ubuntuforums.com - date: November 23, 2010
I've got an elderly laptop (castoff from my bro) that's currently wheezing along with XP home. After a re-install and multiple defrags, I'm thinking MS have patched XP into a state in which it's no-longer viable for the hardware.
It's a Toshiba Satellite 1800 with a 1Ghz celeron and 128Mb RAM. An IT support colleague suggested Ubuntu as an alternative to Win XP, and here I am. I'm trying to find a couple of RAM sticks to upgrade the onboard memory, but PC100 Ram is getting thin on the ground now. It's PC slots are filled with an oldish ethernet adaptor (brand unkown -I'll check) and a new-ish Belkin G wireless adaptor.
I downloaded and burnt a Live CD of 10.10 yesterday and had a pop at installation last night. Unfortunately it (eventually) stuck with the error: Can not mount /Dev/Loop0 which a quick forum search suggest it's related to the stingy amount of RAM I have.
The same thread suggests Lubuntu, and I've gone as far as downloading the minimal CD image and will try again to
Recommend a neat LINUX distro for an old laptop with p3 ,128Mb ram [email protected] 800Mhz Page 2
- date: March 30, 2009
I'm running Fedora 9 on my Dell Latitude C610 with a 20 gig HD and 128 megs of ram. It is running fine, with the exception of the Netgear WG511 v2 Wireless PC card. It doesn't "see" the card. If I use the ethernet connection I can access the web just fine, it just isn't performing in wireless mode.
I'm using the Dell to learn Linux, and it isn't needed in wireless mode, so it's not a killer. Hopefully in time I'll figure out how to get it to run in wireless mode.
Recommend a neat LINUX distro for an old laptop with p3 ,128Mb ram [email protected] 800Mhz Page 3
- date: April 6, 2009
Posting from Austrumi now.. Slick little distro. the interface looks very sharp.
Quite frankly it looks nicer than some mainstream distros out of the box .imho.
Love the memory reading.. 118 MB / 990 MB 11% : )
Now I have to find some old box to try this on.
Linux on very old PCs
location: linuxquestions.com - date: June 7, 2003
What was the first PC Linus Torvalds used to ran Linux on?
I'm asking this because on monday I will get my hands on a 286 with 16MHz. I don't know about the rest so far. I have already seen it but it was partially disassembled so I just couldn't plug it in and start it.
I just wonder if it would be possible at all to get a running Linux version on it at all. Because as far as I know he started coding on it in 1991 and even a 286 was quite an old tech back then - at least from what my young mind can remember
I wonder which OS is on that machine at all. Probably a very old DOS.
Any ideas, suggestions, solutions?
I'm pretty excited about that. I don't know why but in the last few weeks I got my hands on pretty old stuff. I'm currently installing Slackware 8.1 on a 486DX 80MHz with 24MB Ram and two HDDs. Tomorrow ... well in the next few days .. I'm gonna compile a new kernel for it and then it will act as a little webserver. However I don't know how to get the second ID
Lubuntu vs Xubuntu on a old laptop?
location: ubuntuforums.com - date: June 28, 2012
I'm about to give a old HP nx9010 laptop to a 5yr old kid once I get a replacement hard drive. The laptop has a old P4 desktop processor and 256MB of RAM.
I need people with similar spec laptops to comment on this thread as to processor usage & ram usage for Xubuntu vs Lubuntu.
I will be installing lots of educational apps as well as MAME & SNES games for the little girl.
[SOLVED] Installing on old laptop with 256mb of ram
location: ubuntuforums.com - date: April 12, 2009
[EDIT]problem solved, solution in next post.
original message below:[/EDIT]
I currently have Ubuntu installed, but I would like to try out linux mint on my other laptop. However, it does not have a "alternative installation" cd, so I can't use the smaller network installation, I have to use the full live CD to install it.
I am trying to install on an old laptop with 256mb of ram. It's not working out so well.
It loads after a long time and I can see the desktop, but the installer doesn't start (it tries to but doesn't have enough memory.)
I read some advice for this situation, to remove all icons on the gnome panels and to stop some services like pulseaudio networking bluetooth ect... in order to free up ram.
I did all that and the installer actually opened, and went through the whole thing, but had a little trouble actually installing.
Another suggestion I saw was to create a swap partition that could be used to help the installation for low ram systems. I definitely
Linux for an old laptop
location: ubuntuforums.com - date: July 6, 2011
I've always gotten help on these forums before so I figured I'd ask here
I've fallen upon quite hard times so I have to make due with what I have. I'm using an IBM A22m 800Mhz P3, 40GB HD, 512mb ram(max) with a d-link dwl-g360 wifi card.
This is all I have and right now I'm running windows xp on it without much issue. I've used Linux heavily in the past but never on a computer this old.
I'm wondering if any of the Ubuntu versions (Kubuntu and others) will work better then XP will on this computer. I wary to uninstall xp because I can't be without a computer for long, but if the general consensus is that this computer would be more useable with linux then I plan to install it.
What's your take?
[SOLVED] Best Linux Distro for Old Laptop...
location: ubuntuforums.com - date: January 3, 2009
I'm looking for a fast linux distro that can run KDE4. Here are my system specs:
1 Ghz Pentium 3 Processor
100Mhz Front Side Bus
32 MB Intel 82815 Graphics Card
Which Linux Distro would you recommend? I really want KDE 4 and it has to be fast. Thanks for your help.
PS. If you need more info, just ask!
problems installing on old laptop
location: ubuntuforums.com - date: March 14, 2013
hey, i am new to ubuntu. I decided to finally try to escape the windows world, so i searched around and thought lubuntu looked pretty interesting. Never using anything besides windows i decided to try lubuntu on an ol' cheapie. so here's my problem. i have a toshiba satellite 1800-s203 with 800mhz intel celeron, 256mb ram, 40 hd and a 8mb Trident Microsystems Cyber-blade AI1 video chip. When i try to install it will begin, blue screen with Lubuntu 12.10 loading, then after about 5mins it goes black with lubuntu 12.10 still loading and finally it just goes black. I've tried nomodeset but still nothing please help!
P.S. I have a feeling it may have something to do with the graphics chip being how its kinda an out there old card
okay now it went to the black loading screen and said *starting *starting *stopped and then nothing again
install on old laptop
location: ubuntuforums.com - date: August 19, 2009
I'm trying to install ubuntu on an old TINY laptop, originally it had widows millennium on it. I have installed Puppy linux, but i just cant get on with it. If i try to install ubuntu it just starts the install then stops! I understand that maybe an older version of ubuntu might install? Where do I get older versions?
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