I inherited a Toshiba Satellite A70
chunky wide screen..512 ram no HDD P4 , ATI mobility 9000
and its supposedly don't work...
just spent an hour with couple of cans of air/vacum cleaner and removed what i think was either a large mouse or a small cat..
now it boots and seems to stay stable...ran memtest..for a bit no red red flags
should probably run over night though
Tried Cassandra..loaded fine...missed some error about bios timer issue
but no sound..most everything else seems to work
cant really tell cause hardware info refuses to load..just gives blank as it get to devices and then closes...
So I tried Beta XFCE...still waiting for final to download..
It ran faster but mouse was erratic from live cd..and again no sound
and no hardware info..
I can boost the ram to 1.5 gig and put in a hardrive and try an install
but dont want to spent the cash without verifying the damm thing is actually working
does that mean i have no choice but a hardrive install and a restore to xphome from a "borrowed" (cough) sys restore disk...
So 1. what would cause hardware to be not readable in two editions on this laptop
2. if i do upgrade ...to say a gig of ram and HDD
what is the cut off line between Old/Newer systems to get the best performance..
and if i go XFCE...does all the software in the mint portal work for that too?