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#1 omec

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:06 PM

Hello, I'll try and keep this simple. I installed Fedora 18, on an old Dell Inspiron 8600, bought it in 1999. Any way, it doesn't seem to work well with that laptop. I am not sure if Linux Puppy is the right choice, because if it only boots from RAM, how will it use the rest of the 60GB drive?

 

Beings I don't have access to a DVD burner, and I don't have a blank thumb drive at the moment, so If I download 'Linux Mint' to the Fedora desk top, will I beable to run the install from there?



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#2 ash004

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:41 AM

If its your first time you are using Linux , I advise you Mint 14 32 bit, its easy to install stability at 100% and full support any help Post here :)

 

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:19 PM

you will have to boot from media in order to install the software to the drive. If you don't have a means of creating a bootable .iso many distros provide an option for ordering the media for a non profit fee. Look on distrowatch.com for a list of linux and solaris distros that interest you. After you find one that appeals, visit the developer's site and see if they have an option for mailing you a hard copy.

 

In the mean time, you can always instal a virtual box and run the .iso from there to try it out so you aren't ordering one that doesn't interest you.

 

 

good luck!



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:45 PM

. . . . not sure if Linux Puppy is the right choice . . .

 

. . . . I don't have access to a DVD burner . . . .

 

Omec,

 

Do you have a CD-RW drive?  You can download live cd's that will install a basic system.  Once installed, they can generally obtain updates and addtional software through the internet.

 

Wary Puppy is a "Live" cd, that works well with older limited hardware.  The most common problem I found with it was video drivers.  It can be stubborn if you have to load the VESA driver.  You may be limited to a 1024x768 screen.  It should run well enough on your notebook.

 

You may also want to try Knoppix.  It seems to have better hardware detection than Puppy.  I have loaded Knoppix 7 on older HP Compaq and Dell desktops, and most of the owners have been happy with it. (The one that wasn't was complaining that "It's not Windows 7".  I put his original ME back on the drive for him!)

 

The Knoppix ISO is just shy of 700MB and will fit on a blank CD. 

 

Cheers!

 

Naught



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:14 PM

Thanks for the info people, I'll be giving this stuff a try later on probably. I've been busy trying to  get a new DAW running on one of other computers, so that's been a learning process all it's own. lol. I'm thinking the Knoppix sounds like it may be a winner, it never hurts to try anyway.

 

Thanks for your time and suggestions people.






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