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    Need suggestions getting Linux installed on a laptop


    I have tried dozens of Linux distros on a averatec 3200 laptop 256mb RAM, i think the Processor is 333Mhz and have been unsuccessful in getting it installed.

    While trying to install Mint i get a terminal command line.

    With puppy they ask me which screen i am using and none of the multiple choice are selectable.

    On Lubuntu, Ubuntu 10, Bodhi and Kubuntu i get a black screen and nothing happens no matter how long i wait.

    Kubuntu 6 allows itself to completely install but cant get back in after new start.

    I am sure i am doing something wrong. Can anyone offer me some advice.

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    I think I saw you talking about this over in the Category 5 chat room today. I'm not sure what would run with those specs. No doubt it'll be a 32 bit Op System. It'll have to have a very light DE, maybe xfce or similar and it'll need to have a small install footprint. If you could at least bump the RAM up to 512MB that'd be a huge help. I'd hit Distro Watch and just see what kind of Lite Op Systems they'd have. I just saw a new one that might work although I'd not swear to it until you gave it a try.
    DistroWatch.com: Linux Lite
    Also might give this one a try as well.
    DistroWatch.com: wattOS
    Good luck, hope ya' get it running with something.

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    No i never heard of category 5 before, is it listed in this forum?

    Thanks for the info, i will be trying out linux lite.

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    That's crazy that you've not heard about it because there was a guy in the chat room talking about a Averatec 3200 laptop with 256mb RAM and a 333Mhz processor. I'd bet either WattOS or Linux Lite would work for you since they're designed for older machines. Still think if you can bump the RAM up to 512MB it'd really help out a lot, especially if/when you go on the interweb. Talk to ya' later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNFrank View Post
    That's crazy that you've not heard about it because there was a guy in the chat room talking about a Averatec 3200 laptop with 256mb RAM and a 333Mhz processor. I'd bet either WattOS or Linux Lite would work for you since they're designed for older machines. Still think if you can bump the RAM up to 512MB it'd really help out a lot, especially if/when you go on the interweb. Talk to ya' later.
    Maybe i should contact him! Please send me directions to the forum.

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    It was in the Category 5 chat room. It's on irc@freenode.net and the room name is #category5.

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    I believe you can upgrade to 1GB RAM on that Laptop for about $30 USD.

    The onboard graphics card is probably the problem.

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    Go with the non pae kernel version. AntiX comes with i486 kernel so no need to mention special instructions.

    Like I said. With Crunchbang use the non pae download button

    http://crunchbang.org/download/

    Install video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP-RkMKO_pc

    Old video for version 11 but it should not matter I hope.
    Happy Trails, Rok

    Edit: as far as doing something wrong. Always md5sum check a linux iso downloaded from the net before burning the cd

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