Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Which Linux To Use On Laptop?


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Nick_R_23

Nick_R_23

  • Members
  • 185 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Willow, AK
  • Local time:08:26 PM

Posted 18 December 2005 - 09:13 PM

Hi again everyone, I got a question. I have heard that some version of Linux can be run from a CD and you dont have to put anything on your hard drive, which version is this? The reason being is that my Laptop hard drive was physically destroyed (dont ask how :thumbsup: ) and i cant get a new one anytime soon, and i need an OS to run for a little while.

The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 3500, 300 mhz PII, and 96mb of Ram. Any help will be appreciated.

Nick

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 acklan

acklan

    Bleepin' cat's meow


  • Members
  • 8,529 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Baton Rouge, La.
  • Local time:10:26 PM

Posted 19 December 2005 - 12:06 AM

There are severalI Use Puppy Linux, and even give it away.
The trouble for you is it takes 256mb RAM to work in memory, and a CD/DVD writer to save you work.
THe puppy is a 60 mb download.
"2007 & 2008 Windows Shell/User Award"

#3 R4d30N

R4d30N

  • Members
  • 44 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:11:26 PM

Posted 19 December 2005 - 05:05 AM

Ive ran knoppix on mine before,using Suse 9.3 atm.

What are the minimum system requirements?

* Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later),

* 32 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products),

* bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI),

* standard SVGA-compatible graphics card,

* serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse.

http://www.knoppix.net/
http://www.knopper.net/

#4 acklan

acklan

    Bleepin' cat's meow


  • Members
  • 8,529 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Baton Rouge, La.
  • Local time:10:26 PM

Posted 19 December 2005 - 07:09 AM

You can run the Puppy with the same min. specs but you need a hard drive. Have you looked at http://www.pricewatch.com/ for a hard drive?

EDIT: Found link... http://www.serverpartswarehouse.com/ic35l020aver07-0.html

Edited by acklan, 19 December 2005 - 08:08 AM.

"2007 & 2008 Windows Shell/User Award"

#5 raw

raw

    Bleeping Hacker


  • Members
  • 2,577 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Texas
  • Local time:11:26 PM

Posted 19 December 2005 - 09:23 AM

Damn Small Linux

Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram


http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

rawsig.png

 rawcreations.net          @raw_creations


Current systems: WHAT OS, BackTrack-raw, PCLinuxOS, Peppermint OS 6, Kali Linux

and a custom Linux From Scratch server hosting a bunch of top secret stuff.


#6 Nick_R_23

Nick_R_23
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 185 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Willow, AK
  • Local time:08:26 PM

Posted 20 December 2005 - 02:13 AM

Thank you all for your help, i managed to get a 6gb drive (dont laugh :thumbsup: ) for $20 and put win2000 on it and everything works fine for the moment at least. :flowers:

#7 acklan

acklan

    Bleepin' cat's meow


  • Members
  • 8,529 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Baton Rouge, La.
  • Local time:10:26 PM

Posted 20 December 2005 - 10:23 AM

I moved all my kids computers from ME to XP. For me W2k is XP Lite. I think you made a good chooice. You should play with the live cd verisons of linux though. They are alot of fun. Try all three of the ones listed here. DSL, Puppy, and Knoppix.
"2007 & 2008 Windows Shell/User Award"

#8 root

root

  • Members
  • 37 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:11:26 PM

Posted 24 December 2005 - 07:08 PM

I'm suprised no one has yet to mention PHLAK. ~ chuckles ~

#9 raw

raw

    Bleeping Hacker


  • Members
  • 2,577 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Texas
  • Local time:11:26 PM

Posted 29 December 2005 - 11:57 PM

Those who know use PHLAK
Those who don't...we don't recommend it for regular users.

rawsig.png

 rawcreations.net          @raw_creations


Current systems: WHAT OS, BackTrack-raw, PCLinuxOS, Peppermint OS 6, Kali Linux

and a custom Linux From Scratch server hosting a bunch of top secret stuff.


#10 temuss

temuss

  • Members
  • 1 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:12:26 AM

Posted 01 January 2006 - 01:39 PM

Thanks for the info on PHLAK. Downloading now to try it out. I'm an oldtime Slackware user but I love distro's that can be run off CD or USB sticks.

#11 Penguin101

Penguin101

  • Members
  • 5 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:10:26 PM

Posted 08 January 2006 - 09:25 PM

Uh, I have a ThinkPad, running Mepis (SimplyMepis, to be exact)

It runds as a live CD, or can be installed. I chose to install, and it
had no trouble whatsoever automatically detecting, configuring and
letting me use every device on it. Including the 56K modem.

Funny thing is, I didn't see anyone mention it anywhere. And it just works.
Without any help. Either way.

USB? it likes those little sticks. Wireless? Plug one in.
Webcam? Got one of those too. (Veo Stingray)

Try a bite of THAT pie!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users