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    installing linux on an old laptop


    A friend of mine at work gave me her old laptop and asked me to put linux on it. I've been having some trouble making this happen. She has a dell latitude cpi a series.
    64mb ram
    2.5mb neomagic video
    pentium II 366 mhz

    I've tried ubuntu edgy, suse 10, fedora core 6 and knoppix 3.3 the only ones i could even get to load up were suse 10 and knoppix, but suse is bogging her system down way too much and knoppix is just a live cd (it works really well though).

    Any info would be much appreciated

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    install some lightweight distro or use lightweight Desktop Manager. take look here.







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    Knoppix normally supplies with an installer called knoppix-installer.

    One can invoke the root privilege in a terminal by
    Code:
    su
    knoppix-installer
    If it is a live CD Knoppix would waive the root password demand.

    Depending on the Knoppix version you have the installation takes about 10 minutes.

    Just installed v5.1.1. yesterday and it took 6 minutes but I mounted the iso image on a loop back device to avoid burning it into a CD.

    Newer Knoppix version is a lot faster. I will check my Knoppix 3.3 as the installer name has changed at least once.
    -----------------------------------------
    Edited

    I confirm the Knoppix installer for V3.3 is "knx-hdinstall". I am using it to do the reply.

    The following has been checked and run OK for a new installation
    Code:
    su
    knx-hdinstall
    The oldest Knoppix in my box is V3.6 and its hard disk installer has already changed to "knoppix-installer"

    The Knoppix 3.3 I have dated February 2004, about the time I started Linux. Its front cover states "King of the Live CD distros!"

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