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#1 SolusUmbra

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 09:52 AM

Since I'm having some pretty good luck on my old vista, I though I would take a crack at the old XP. I tired the Tahrpup 32Bit from CD and it seems to run just as well on my other system. But I wanted to see what might be recommended.

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Windows XP

Intel Pentium M processor 1.60 GHz

798MHz, 2GB of Ram

About 28GB hard Drive.

 

This computer will use Google Chrome and hopefully needs to be set up for streaming movies (aka netflix, vudu, youtube, ect..)

 



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#2 Just_One_Question

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 10:03 AM

Out of all the fully-supported Linux distros, Puppy Linux will probably run & do the job best on this computer.:)

P.S. BTW, I think Google are dropping support for the 32-bit version of the Chrome browser, so this is something you might want to consider as well. Mozilla Firefox is still fully supported, though.:)

Edited by Just_One_Question, 07 May 2017 - 10:03 AM.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 10:15 AM

This one may actually run a full distro if you want to take a shot at that, unless you are wanting to stick with puppy's.  Since it is freee and not a large download I would try out Lubuntu 32bit.  This is also a very weak processor, so you may have better luck with Puppy, allthough this may run well enough and give you the chance to experience Lubuntu.  I would give this one a try, if it don't work you could try AntiX or another puppy!  Lubuntu will be a little easier IMO to install and run OOTB. 

 

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Edited by pcpunk, 07 May 2017 - 10:17 AM.

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 10:16 AM

Sorry guys, having issues with double posting.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:10 AM

Sorry guys, having issues with double posting.

I am also having some strange issues. For instance when writing a post and a notice opens saying somebody has replied I click the show reply link and get nothing. I have to refresh the page and make sure I have saved by post as it will be gone on a refresh. Also when pressing the post button the green bar seems like it's taking forever to post. I then refresh and my post is there.



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:16 AM

Sorry guys, having issues with double posting.

I am also having some strange issues. For instance when writing a post and a notice opens saying somebody has replied I click the show reply link and get nothing. I have to refresh the page and make sure I have saved by post as it will be gone on a refresh. Also when pressing the post button the green bar seems like it's taking forever to post. I then refresh and my post is there.
That only happens to me when I am writing a comment and whilst I was writing this comment someone else commented in the topic. I just refresh the page and see the new comment and under it my comment. Basically, the system has a problem posting your comment and updating the topic simultaneously when you click on 'Post'.
Atleast, these are my observations so far.:)

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:30 AM

At least it's not just me!  I noticed it when going to another browser tab right after entering some text, trying to multi task too much for this problem I guess.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:34 AM

P.S. BTW, I think Google are dropping support for the 32-bit version of the Chrome browser, so this is something you might want to consider as well. Mozilla Firefox is still fully supported, though. :)

Give this browser a look at it still supports 32 bit and is Chrome based.

 

https://vivaldi.com/

 

Although it comes up for Linux I believe it may have a Windows download also.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 04:58 PM

Hi

 

If you guys are having issues with the double post thing, can you please start a new post here
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/3/bleepingcomputer-announcements-comments-suggestions/

 

And Grinler will look at it.

 

 

 

I think that PC will run Mint XFCE without too much drama.

 

 

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 05:11 PM

I was looking at Mint and I see they have several different desktop versions what is the difference between them?

HAHA never mind I answered my own question


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 03:58 AM

SolusUmbra, the two most notable differences between Linux MInt MATE & Xfce are first, the Xfce version is a lightweight distro with less software installed. Whereas with Linux Mint MATE, you get a complete distro loaded with software & the ISO is just barely larger, and the OS hardly uses any more resources. :)

 

On the other hand, both Cinnamon & KDE uses more resources & looks much better on a newer computer with modern graphics. The newer, the better for those two.

 

You can always try both by booting from a Live DVD, or by creating a bootable USB stick, a 4GB one will do (I use a 2GB SD card attached to a USB card reader) for testing & install media in one. Once it's fired up explore the software & see how everything runs. One of the greatest things about LInux Mint is that they support non-PAE hardware (similar to your posted specs) with ease.

 

Simply take both for a test drive & determine which meets your need. :)

 

Good Luck with Linux Mint, if you go that route, you'll love it compared to XP in time! :thumbup2:

 

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