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Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:12 PM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:08 AM
Honestly it sounds like the HD is failing, but you said you checked it and the other hardware. How did you check?
Might try the antiX distro... it was specifically made to run well on old hardware. If this doesn't work, you probably have a hardware issue
Edited by jmendegan, 29 April 2012 - 12:15 AM.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:56 AM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:30 AM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 05:28 PM
Needs more RAM
Is your XP install a first version of XP with no service packs?
XP used to have a minimum requirement of 64MB when it first came out
but I believe that has changed after SP2 (about ten years ago) because of the security additions such as firewall and file security.
Ubuntu wants 1GB
Unless you only run the Ubuntu CommandLine-only (CLI) which has a 128MB minimum. Don't remember how to install that one. I think it is part of the server package.
Your XP install will probably boot eventually if you leave it for an hour or two.
When I have an old machine with 128MB I use Puppy Linux with a disk swap file.
or Windows 98.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:06 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:52 AM
Now that you mention it, I do remember seeing an error while booting XP... Something like: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:43 PM
Gateway doesn't show drivers for old computers on their Web site, but you should still be able to find drivers by entering the computer's serial number. You can also search for the computer's model number in Google. The product pages still exist on their Web site, but you can only access them through a search engine. That is how I found drivers and software for my old Gateway Solo 2500, which is even older than your computer.
And while searching the Gateway website, I found no drivers for this type of Gateway... So I went to good ol' Ubuntu. It boots from the disk, however after choosing "Try Ubuntu Without Installing" or "Install Ubuntu" it will load and then the screen goes completely blank except for a blinking cursor at the top left. So I read about this error... In the end, as a last resort, I contacted Gateway tech support and what they ended up saying was "your computer is too old to have drivers available on our site. sorry." Is there NO POSSIBLE WAY to get this prehistoric beast running again? I've NEVER had this much trouble...
Edited by lti, 30 April 2012 - 07:43 PM.
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