I have a 10 year old acer laptop, with not much ram. It would be good to know what make and model computer you have? I also have an old Acer that might be similar to yours. Edit, I see it now!
I am looking for a good place to download maybe Linux lite or a lite version of Ubuntu as they have both worked fine up till lately. I wanted to try and re install the os on this pc because I come up with an error message (that I cannot correct) each time I try to do updates. So far I have attempted reinstalling Linux lite a couple of times with no success.
What distro Version where you using. If it was out of date then maybe that was an issue, or maybe there is something wrong with the pc. Did you record the Error Message?
Does anyone have an idea on where to get a useable copy of the os ( I am in Canada - maybe wrong source is the issue) so I can rule out that this old acer is, or isn't, a boat anchor? Generally I go straight to the source.
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Lots of good suggestions above. Typically I will Burn a DVD to run linux in Live Mode just to see if I like it, DVD-RW or R or + will work. If you have a good idea of what you want - the LiveUSB boots up faster - and you can use it for a while - making changes to it that can be saved. With the LiveDVD you cannot Save anything to the OS, but you can save stuff over to a usb, or another OS if another is installed.
My Acer was real quirky and had some minor issues with LXLE, hopefully that won't be the case with you as LXLE is quite nice. I also ran Mint Mate 17.1 and 17. Actually ran many in LiveDVD Mode first, so if yours is like mine I could help out, the Speccy is in my Signature.
If yours is like mine, everything I ran was to slow and glitchy with graphics, and that was with 2gb of ram. The issue I had was with the AMD stuff and the wireless card. I ended up with Mint Xfce 13. I tried all Mint 13's and none ran less Overhead on CPU or RAM - Way Less! Hopefully yours has different hardware LOL.
Edited by pcpunk, 22 September 2015 - 01:09 PM.