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How many slots for RAM in your motherboard? I have PC100 and PC133 RAM sticks galore. Don't know how many 256MB ones, though (which is why I ask). The gold ...
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- 03-05-2014 #11
"What you think about me is none of my business"
antiX | SolydX | Puppy Slacko
- 03-05-2014 #12
Check your BIOS to see how much RAM you can support and bump it up to max and things will work a lot better.
- 03-05-2014 #13
384MB of RAM is plenty for a full Debian install plus XFCE4. On this computer, Debian+XFCE4 boots up with 83MB of RAM usage. Currently, with Chromium open to this web page, RAM usage is still only 176MB--less than half of 384MB of RAM.
(This computer has 512MB of RAM.)
A more serious limitation is the fact that even the fastest Pentium III is rather sluggish by today's standards. It's true that 384MB of RAM could go quickly if you open up a bunch of tabs, but the performance of a Pentium III is sluggish enough that you probably wouldn't want more than a few tabs open anyway.Isaac Kuo, ICQ 29055726 or Yahoo mechdan
- 03-05-2014 #14
I knew I had one floating around the net somewhere.
$ inxi -z -F System: Host: biker Kernel: 3.3.5-antix.1-486-smp i686 (32 bit) Desktop: IceWM 1.3.7 Distro: antiX-full Edelweißpiraten 26 May 2012 Machine: Mobo: IBM model: 2628ESU Bios: IBM version: KXET36WW (1.09 ) date: 05/08/2003 CPU: Single core Pentium III (Coppermine) (-UP-) cache: 256 KB flags: (sse) clocked at 700.00 MHz Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x X.Org: 22.214.171.1242 drivers: ati,mach64 (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: N/A GLX Version: N/A Audio: Card: Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24/30 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator] driver: snd_cs46xx Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24 Network: Card-1: Intel 82557/8/9/0/1 Ethernet Pro 100 driver: e100 IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Realtek RTL8180L 802.11b MAC driver: rtl8180 IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 20.0GB (12.8% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: IBM size: 20.0GB Partition: ID: / size: 7.8G used: 2.4G (33%) fs: ext3 ID: swap-1 size: 0.88GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0C mobo: 47.0C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0 Info: Processes: 83 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 69.4/247.8MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.5
[SOLVED] Best Distro 4 OLD 1995 laptop
And how that laptop sits on the shelf now.
sh-4.1# inxi -Fxz System: Host: Mariner Kernel: 126.96.36.199 i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.3.4) Desktop: JWM sn-498 Distro: Slackware 13.1.0 Machine: System: IBM (portable) product: 2628ESU Mobo: IBM model: 2628ESU Bios: IBM version: KXET36WW (1.09 ) date: 05/08/2003 CPU: Single core Pentium III (Coppermine) (-UP-) cache: 256 KB flags: (sse) bmips: 1095.98 clocked at 547.992 MHz Graphics: Card: Failed to Detect Video Card! X-Vendor: N/A driver: tty size: 80x24 Advanced Data: N/A for root Audio: Card-1: Sound Fusion CS46xx driver: CS46xx Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.21 Card-2: ThinkPad Console Audio Control driver: ThinkPad EC Drives: HDD Total Size: 3.3GB (72.6% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: IBM size: 3.3GB 2: id: /dev/sdb model: Hitachi_CV_7.1.1 size: 0.0GB Partition: ID: swap-1 size: 0.75GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: 36.0C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0 Info: Processes: 108 Uptime: 18 min Memory: 178.8/376.0MB Runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: N/A Client: Shell inxi: 1.8
reading a PCMCIA memory card with an internal reader on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
So proof positive I guess. AS you can see. I suffer from CRS.
Edit: Well, I dug out of mothballs and tried with this ancient rig compared to the previous rig. It's been so long I realized I am running Lighthouse 5.03 instead of 4.43.
- 03-05-2014 #15
If the Raspberry Pi can run Debian then just about anything can. I'm sure you can run a Debian install with xfce on very limited RAM but from what I've seen and read 512MB still seems to be kind of a "sweet spot" for most computers. It never hurts to have too much RAM but it can bite ya' if you have too little.