Live CD vs Install
I have an old laptop (HP Xh485) that I'd like to put Linux on. The Windows 98 on it is getting slow and unstable. I'm hesitating because I've tried two different Live CDs on it (Ubuntu 6.06 and Fedora Core5) and both froze before loading completely. The laptop has a hardware problem, the internal modem got fried by a power surge on the phone line, but all else works.
My question is, if Live CD fails, will an install fail too?
i tried install ubuntu on older machine too and it always failed....but installers works fine...specialy text installers....download fedora core which is not live cd......
It could be that you just need to try a less resource-intensive distro. DSL (Damn Small Linux) is a popular one, as are Puppy Linux and Feather Linux. Note that Puppy Linux requires 128 MB of RAM.
Best of luck!