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RAM is pretty cheap these days. I think you need at least 512MB to install Ubuntu, or most desktop distributions, these days. Get at least 1GB if reasonable for you. ...
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    RAM is pretty cheap these days. I think you need at least 512MB to install Ubuntu, or most desktop distributions, these days. Get at least 1GB if reasonable for you. It will work better - much less swapping to disc. Disc drives are pretty cheap as well these days.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
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    if you want to have a good looking OS with all that eye catching graphics I recommend that you upgrade your RAM.
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    In any case, for under $200 USD you should be able to upgrade your system to run most any version of Linux you want. The CPU is decent enough for good performance, but RAM (and possibly disc) is your main limiting factor. A quick google search came up with one price of $26.95 per 512MB stick for your system, and it can take 2 sticks for a maximum system memory of 1GB. So, for about $60 USD w/ shipping you can get 1GB of RAM for your Sony which will do you nicely.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    I've had this failing-to-install issue a few times on different machines (all OLD). The root cause has always been the RAM. However, it's never been the size that mattered. I have put Ubuntu/Windows/you-name-it on machines with 128MB with no issues (save for sluggishness).

    Replace your RAM stick.

    Check your motherboard manual and go for the appropriate type and try to get as close to the maximum GB of RAM that the motherboard will support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cicntrybyty View Post
    damn i shoud've thought of that, vista wouldn't install for the same reason. i got a sony vaio pcv-rs 310 2.4-GHz Pentium 4-CPU, 256MB of DDR-266 SDRAM could you recommend a distribution or should i just upgraded the RAM and then use Ubuntu
    Option 1 - install an OS able to run in 256MB of RAM
    Option 2 - upgrade RAM

    256MB is a bit light for Ubuntu but Xubuntu may run well see here.
    Other distros see poll here.
    If you can ... upgrade the RAM because everything will work better with more RAM ... but more RAM is not essential to use Linux.

    Even when you have sufficient RAM you may find the Ubuntu live CD will not work and have to use the alternate CD to do the install (which should always work).

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