I am interested in upgrading my son’s Vista laptop to an appropriate Linux OS
--- No dual booting: only the appropriate Linux OS
I originally inquired as to whether or not it’s possible to install only Linux on a Vista computer at
Is it possible to install a Linux OS as the only OS on a Vista computer
The Vista System information is
Dell Inspiron 1545 Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3400 2.16GHz 3 GB RAM 32-bit 160GB HDD laptop
Memory: Crucial reports maximum memory on this computer is 8GB
--- 8GB is too expensive.
--- At the present time I prefer to stay with the 3GB of installed memory
Belarc reports the system is 64-bit ready in the processor section
--- I’ve seen that on many systems that were reported as 32-bit systems like this one is
--- However if it’s reasonable to install a 64-bit Linux OS on this computer, I’ll consider it
Then there’s the HDD of 160GB: is that enough for an appropriate Linux OS?
--- Is that enough to handle a Linux OS (either 32-bit or 64-bit depending on the final decision?)
--- The current free space on this HDD is 71GB
Crucial also reports: Chipset: Intel GM45
At this time, I’ll be saving his data.
Restore the computer to its original condition
Use MRF to create a system image backup
Move on to installing an appropriate Linux OS and I’ll have plenty of questions when that time comes
I’ve done some searching on Linux websites but it’s all “Greek” to me right now