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Opinion of best Linux OS for Toshiba Satellite A110


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#1 Robbie8592

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:05 AM

I've got a 10 year old Toshiba Satellite A110 that came with Windows XP and would like to make the move to Linux. Here are the specs.

Operating System Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit SP2

CPU Intel Celeron M 410 @ 1.46GHz Yonah 65nm Technology

RAM 512MB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz (4-4-4-11)

Motherboard TOSHIBA HTW2E (U1)

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:39 AM

Here is a good source to take a look at what is most popular.  Scroll down a little and you will see on the right side the Top 100 list.  I will suggest some more stuff soon as will others.  The best thing about linux is you can Testdrive any Operating System you want without installing, just create a LiveLinuxDVD or USB.  Mint is very popular here as is Ubuntu and all their derivatives.  Mint has Cinnamon, Mate, KDE and Xfce.  Ubuntu also has many to it's name, if you click on one you can see all their derivatives.

 

http://distrowatch.com/


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:52 AM

Try xubuntu on it.  If you can pick up a 40-60GB SSD that the BIOS recognizes, it'll be even better.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:54 AM

I like this one for you.  There are other options but I will leave you with this for now unless you ask more.  If you would install a little more RAM you would be able to advance to a little more powerful OS, but, that being said this is a super OS.

 

http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=193

 

Here is the Xubuntu one also, get the 14.04 LTS-32bit

 

http://xubuntu.org/


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:34 PM

Thanks. Will try Xubuntu first and then will let you know how it works. I've also heard that Cinnamon and Slackware are pretty good and don't require such a powerful OS.



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Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:41 PM

@Robbie8592, You might also add which Medium you would like best to install from DVD or USB so that we can give directions.

 

And, what you plan on doing with Windows XP, seems as though you are ready to ditch it, especially since you seem to have a Windows 7 machine also?  So Dual Boot or Wipe XP?

 

Forgot about LXLE also, I really like this OS also as many do.  There is more support for the Ubuntu and Mint though.

http://www.lxle.net/

 

It would also be good to have a Speccy Sheet for your pc, but it's not necessary if it is to complicated for you.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/323892/publish-a-snapshot-using-speccy/#entry1797792


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 12:47 PM

Thanks. Will try Xubuntu first and then will let you know how it works. I've also heard that Cinnamon and Slackware are pretty good and don't require such a powerful OS.

 

I don't know about Slackware, but you will need to go with the lightest OS they provide, that is why the members here have suggested what they have.  Mint Cinnamon will be to much for that pc IMO but you can try it, it is designed more for Windows 7 machines.

 

With that amount of RAM some are going to even suggest PuppyLinux.  RAM is cheap, and even free if you are motivated to find it in an old pc. from the trash or something.

 

Good luck I'll be watching!


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:00 PM

Well the laptop ain't mine, its my brother's. He says he prefers having it installed alongside Windows XP. Will provide speccy snapshot later tonight. Don't have laptop at my disposal right now.



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Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:17 PM

Ohh and I'm planning to install it from a DVD.



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Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:23 PM

I actually had one of these still running till a few months ago, yeah xubuntu will be your best be, or Ubuntu-Mate


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 03:30 PM

 

RAM 512MB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz (4-4-4-11)

With 512 MiB ram a nice Puppy Linux would be better.

 

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm



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Posted 12 December 2015 - 04:09 PM

Ohh and I'm planning to install it from a DVD.

 

If you need help tell us what operating system you will be using to download and make the DVD with.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 07:20 PM

Here is a good tutorial from one of our Advisors

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/579923/how-to-dual-boot-windows-ubuntu-based-linux-oss-mbr-method/


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Posted 13 December 2015 - 04:20 PM

Below is the speccy snapshot.

 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/eEjWQVzmeEEPzsfY3NCPLyq

 

I noticed it says that it has 4 total memory slots but I only found 2. One used, and one free. Can't understand why it says I have 4. Anyways, I was wondering if I can buy any type of RAM (DDR2, DDR3) for it with any amount of space (2GB, 4GB etc) or does it have to be DDR2 with only 512MB of memory like the one installed. Thanks.



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Posted 13 December 2015 - 04:45 PM

Below is the speccy snapshot.

 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/eEjWQVzmeEEPzsfY3NCPLyq

 

I noticed it says that it has 4 total memory slots but I only found 2. One used, and one free. Can't understand why it says I have 4. Anyways, I was wondering if I can buy any type of RAM (DDR2, DDR3) for it with any amount of space (2GB, 4GB etc) or does it have to be DDR2 with only 512MB of memory like the one installed. Thanks.

 

 

I would see if I could up it to 2GB of DDR2 laptop ram.

DDR3 is NOT compatible in any shape or form with DDR2, same as DDR4 is not compatible of DDR3


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