Wow I guess it's time to let go. I'll try PUPPY just to see. It's been sitting in the closet for a year now and I saw this Linux forum and decided to give it a shot. The XP kept getting malware on it and I got tired of fixing it. Thank you anyway.
StressInducer, to the Linux section of Bleeping Computer Forums!
Assuming that PC was able to run XP, there should be a very lightweight Linux that'll run on the machine, as XP can soak up some resources, it seemed like the more RAM one gives it (up to 3.25GB), the more it'll keep using. Many Linux distros, even 64 bit, only uses 600MB of RAM at idle, so it should be less for a lightweight 32 bit one.
Lightweight Linux releases doesn't soak up as much resources as the PC has, though if very low on RAM, an upgrade may be good. On the other hand, with half of that same money, you can get many refurbished computers more powerful & ready to go, from $50 & up, some with free shipping. I'm looking for a replacement for one that I now have that's though an AMD dual core powered (4850e) & 6GB of DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM, can't seem to do much anything when it comes to power. I just know better next time not to fool with AMD PC's, in particular those with nVidia MB's. Garbage that's received no updated drivers since 2010. While I have a couple of faster HDD's, don't feel it's going to be a game changer, even with a 64MB cache, and since I have an MSI R7770 GPU waiting for a new home, it's time for a real tower (or mid-tower) PC, not SFF units.
Fortunately, I got it for $29 & only purchased a $10 PSU upgrade, so it can be donated to charity w/out me losing much. In fact, stand a lot to gain with the right one, preferably one of the better Core 2 Quads, as close to 3.0GHz as I can get, using Passmark as a reference guide. If I'm lucky enough to find a Q9650 3.0GHz, it's the best of the lot, as there's only one of these manufactured that hits the this mark, one has to go to an i7 to beat it.
Whatever, please don't do as I did 4 years ago, pouring cash into a sinking ship to squeeze every drop of performance out of the Dell that you have. And money would be best saved towards a newer one, which as I've stated, doesn't have to be expensive. Stay away from cheap AMD's & go with a Core 2 Duo or Quad, even Pentiums/Celerons of that era are a sour deal these days & the newer ones aren't a lot better, both should have been retired long ago.
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