Trouble Installing Various Distros on Old Laptop
I'm a bit of a newb and have piddled with different Linux distros for over a year. I've been happily using Peppermint Ice on my desktop for a couple of months and have absolutely no intention of going back to Windows, which I now find borderline-unusable.
I bought an older laptop on eBay without an OS, intending to spruce it up with Ice or another light distro. It's a Compaq Armada e500 with 128MB of RAM and 650Mhz Pentium III processor. I'm also using a Netgear WG111v2 USB adapter (works out of the box in Ice). I wound up installing XP just to get things started, as my Peppermint Ice and One boot disks didn't work. I've been at it for 3 days and here's what I've tried:
- Peppermint Ice and One LiveCD's: Hangs at loading screen, sometimes fatal ramswap or SquashFS errors appear.
- Peppermint Ice on USB, using PLoP Boot Manager to load....nothing but a black screen and blinking cursor.
- Linux Mint 7 LiveCD: Hangs at loading screen for a long time, then endless loop of SquashFS errors.
- PCLinuxOS: Hangs at loading screen.
- DSL: LiveCD actually works and I'm impressed with this distro, but I can't get wireless to work.
- Puppy Linux: LiveCD works, and wireless networks are detected but I can't get them to connect no matter what I do, even if I open the network.
As you see, I'm having a hell of a time finding something that will actually install and get me connected simultaneously. I'm open to suggestions as far as any light distro that's known for having minimal connectivity issues, or alternative methods of installation. Ideally, I'd still like to use Ice, unless it's too heavy for my old machine. I really liked DSL as well.
Thanks in advance for your help!