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    I would like some opinions on which Distro would work the best with this
    AMD Sempron 3400+ processor
    nVidia on board graphics
    512 MB DDR sdram I can add another 256 MB that's all I have for this one.

    It seems Ubuntu Don't Like This Machine.

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    Hi, Eino.

    Honestly, the RAM will be the limiting factor here. Most mainstream distros (Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.) really need at least a gig of RAM to run properly... or at all.
    You might want to give antiX a shot. It's Debian-based, so you'll have stability and access to plenty of software.
    Depending on whether you want to dig into the system, you could try Debian, Slackware, Gentoo, Arch or CRUX.
    Any one of those will run fairly well on a computer with 512 RAM.
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    Antix or lubuntu would both work. You can go to distrowatch.com and do a search on "older computers" for more options.
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    Myself, I would install Gentoo on this machine. Since it is a source-based installation, you only install what you want/need. It will happily run on a 512MB system, with your choice of small footprint desktop GUI's.

    Alternatively, install Debian. I run the Etch distribution on an ARM board that only has 64MB of RAM, and it only takes 10-15MB to run (no desktop, but X11 libraries for remote access to X tools running on the board, such as nedit, xterm, etc).
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    I found a solution to putting Ubuntu 10.4 LTS on the old computer. I added a video card, and disabled the on board video. This increased the amount of resources needed for the Operating system , I also added the little memory, I had sitting around.

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    Good deal!
    Glad to hear that you found a solution that worked for you!
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    I did download antiX and gave it a try. I will use it in the future. Now I know theirs a lot of choices when it comes to distros for systems with lo resources.
    Thanks Everyone for your input on the subject !!

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