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Nick G
25-06-2012, 07:34 PM
I have this really, really old laptop. Pentium 3, 32 gb hdd, 1/4 gb ram.

I'm trying to make it run linux, not bothering to dual boot or anything. Being a complete noob to linux, I'm having trouble finding a acceptable distro to download, acceptable being a fully fledged distro that will run on such an old pc. Preferably it would be a .exe in an iso, just as its so old it wouldn't boot from an iso the last time I tried it.

Any Ideas on a good distro plus download link?


25-06-2012, 07:42 PM
Hey there, Surely the Ubuntu install should work?

I have installed it on some pretty crappy old machines, and they have run like a dream.

Nick G
25-06-2012, 08:16 PM
I could only find an iso, and its so old it needs a .exe as the boot options aren't there.

25-06-2012, 08:25 PM
Preferably it would be a .exe in an iso, just as its so old it wouldn't boot from an iso the last time I tried it.
An ISO you need to burn to a CD. Does it have a CD drive? If not you will want one on USB. .EXE is a Windows program. You can run an .exe in Linux but only with the help of Wine or similar.
I wouldn't even try to run Ubuntu on that. Some distros you could try are PCLinuxOS MiniMe, Damn Small Linux, Lubuntu, Puppy Linux, Tiny Core Linux.

25-06-2012, 08:28 PM
Yeah Ubuntu is probably too heavy for that thing. I would try Xubuntu/Lubuntu/Puppy.

Nick G
25-06-2012, 08:31 PM
I can't boot from usb, the bios doesn't have that option. Sigh.
I'll try lubuntu tomorrow, and let you know how I get on.

25-06-2012, 08:51 PM
Puppy or if you can still find it Damn small linux both are made for older hardware and have a tiny installed size

26-06-2012, 03:23 PM
KDE3 runs very well on older hardware, it will be fine on that machine. Get an older version of a distro which still has KDE3 as the default desktop (slackware 12.2 for instance) - will be fine

26-06-2012, 09:53 PM
Rather than going for an older version IMO it is better to use a new distro with a light desktop.

See http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-lightweight-linux-distributions-give-pc-lease-life/ .

26-06-2012, 11:00 PM
I would go with Lubuntu, it should run pretty well.