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Suggestions for vintage laptop distro?

Postby rossi46 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:14 pm

I'm trying to ressurect an old Dell Latitude 233/64 laptop just to see if I can.

It runs perfectly well with its win 98 OS, but I'm wanting something a bit less sterile for the old girl.

This weekend I've tried SAM, Zenwalk, TinyMe, Puppy and more - all with varying degrees of success, ranging from complete system locks (Mandriva One) to okayish but very sluggish performance (SAM). I did manage to get Sam and Puppy online, but I'm not happy with the general running of them to consider them permanent additions to my old machine. DSL installs flawlessly, but the graphics are corrupt evey time.

Any ideas or suggestions, please?

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Postby Eionmac » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:40 pm

Try Beatrix or SLAX Peanuts (120 odd MB) both run on Pii and Piii
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RE: Old computer Linux

Postby nordle » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:33 pm

I run xubuntu on a similar machine, 266/144.....I guess its the RAM that will cause the biggest problem.
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RE: Old computer Linux

Postby rossi46 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:07 pm

Judging by the reviews, Beatrix would seem to be the one for my old machine. Trouble is it boots and stops at "looking for cd rom at /cdl1"

my cd is at /dhc

I'd really like to use Beatrix
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RE: Old computer Linux

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:19 am

Have you tried the alternate video settings for DSL?
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RE: Old computer Linux

Postby rossi46 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:10 pm

No I just let DSL install its default way. I'd be most interested in finding out how to change the settings.

Also, I installed the Beatrix distro, but the default desktop size is much bigger than my screen space. Thus, the toolbar is out of sight. I've poked about as much as I can but I can't locate any option to change screen mode. Can anyone point me in the right direction, please?
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RE: Old computer Linux

Postby rossi46 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:22 am

The old girl's for the bin!

I'm now at the stage where any OS would do. I can run Beatrix, Puppy and even SAM as live distros, but nothing seems to want to install. I've now clocked-up over 30hours trying this and burnt 20-odd cds.

Ironically, I tried putting Windows 98 SE back in and I didn't even get to the partitioning page before being told I didn't have enough memory.

Oh well - nothing ventured, etc.
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RE: Old computer Linux

Postby chrishall57 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:13 am

For reference Beatrix is no longer being developed. However there is a fork called Beafanatix. Might be worth trying that as you'll have the developers to help out.
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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:16 pm

IIRC, DSL aks about Framebuffer or VESA before starting the Xserver.

Start the pc with dsl disk in, at the prompt, type

install

when asked about graphics, select VESA.

(you an also run different install options by using the F keys)
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Postby rossi46 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:15 pm

Wahaay! Panic over.

I installed Zenwalk on the 3rd attempt (it was having difficulty writing to the MBR) and it runs very smoothly in Xfce with 64mb ram. I now need to figure out how to get the wireless network 'seen' and I'm sorted.

The old bird with her miniscule ram and drive lives to see another dawn.

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Postby towy71 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:24 pm

rossi46 wrote:Wahaay! Panic over.
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Postby leke » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:03 am

I'm using AntiX on the Dell Latitude CPi (Pent 2, 128mb). It uses Fluxbox and is reported to run ok with 64MB.
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Postby rossi46 » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:01 pm

leke wrote:I'm using AntiX on the Dell Latitude CPi (Pent 2, 128mb). It uses Fluxbox and is reported to run ok with 64MB.


Thanks for the tip - I'm checking it out now :wink:
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Re: Well...

Postby towy71 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:29 am

gotmineforless wrote:I'm interested to know how this project went? Did you succeed?
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