what version for old lap top

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  1. alexisbushell

    alexisbushell New Member

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    have compaq presario 1700 with messed up windows 95 and appears to have been set up for xp which is no longer found want to make it a usable machine for linux . thanks

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    arochester Well-Known Member

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    How much RAM has it got?
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    alexisbushell New Member

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    ram

    I can't get to that shows 6646 kb available.
    Thanks
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    alexisbushell New Member

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    I woke up and researched the specs . It has 192MB RAM 20 GB hard drive Intel pentium II 850 Mhz
    I hope that helps. I want to install a linux version so I can get used to using it again.
    Thanks
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    KenJackson Active Member

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    I remember when 192MB and 850Mhz was considered awesome. But by today's standards you'll find it extremely frustrating. If you do go ahead with this, I recommend you don't try to load X or anything graphical. Just stick with the bash shell.

    The two distros I hear about the most for this application are Puppy Linux and DSL. I searched DistroWatch for old computers and it came up with those plus 19 more.

    But you can get a new PC for $300 or a reasonable used one for $50. That would allow you to enjoy Linux properly.
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    arochester Well-Known Member

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    Try Antix.

    "It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd." (http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page)

    The same page shows: Downloads

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