But I read that Mint 14 requires one to run the "pae" kernel. I am unsure if that is compatible with the Athlon 2200+ (I was pretty surprised that it works on my laptop). Is there a web page somewhere that lists all CPUs and whether or not that pae critter is compatible with each? Such a web page would be very handy to those of us who happen to be the person that our friends come to for computer help and doubly-so for me since I and many of my friends are, well, quite poor and basically unable to upgrade to newer hardware. (If I had $30 or whatever a fancy new CPU cost for my motherboard, I would spend it at the grocery store and enjoy a week of eating more than once per day.)
BtW, in case it makes a difference, my motherboard is an Abit NF7. Or NF7 2.0. Possibly an Abit NF7-S (I've never been able to figure that out). It is an nVidia nForce or nForce2 (again, I don't know how to tell which) one. I have upgraded to 1152 megs of ram (512 + 512 + 128; I think I broke the other memory port trying to install one of them) and I believe that it is "DDR" memory. It has an option for the higher-performance "8x" AGP instead of the older "4x" (or, I guess, plain old "1x") video cards - although I am unsure as to whether my video card is actually one of those 8x ones or not. The video board is an nVidia type, it's a 5200FX or maybe it's an FX5200, and it has 128 megs of ram (I do not know what kind of ram it is). It has built-in sound. And it has a Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard that came together (along with a remote control that uses the same wireless receiver that I've never really used) in a package along with the receiver; that receiver is a little thing that plugs into the USB and it has a neat "wire with a little socket stand thingie on the end of it" so that you can use just the receiver for, say, a laptop, or plug it into the connector on the wire, set it right there in front of your monitor where it's close to your mouse/keyboard, and plug the other end of the wire into the USB port. Probably that's mainly important for people who only have the ports on the back of their computer. Mine also has two in the front, but I still use the wire to plug it into the back of my desktop so that I have the two USB ports on the front of my tower for things such as plugging my USB flash drive in without having to crawl underneath my desk.
Those are all the specifications I can think of that might be relevant to my question. I hope they help. Also, I just found this web page which has the specifications for the CPU chip itself:
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www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K7/AMD-Athlon XP 2200+ - AXDA2200DUV3C.html
I hope that helps. I looked on that page for the word "pae," but I did not see it listed. Also, on that page is a list of other CPUs in the same family (2600+, 2800+, et cetera). If anyone has purchased one of the ones which would be an upgrade to mine in the past couple of months, do you remember what it cost you (this is for people who purchased it in the United States, as that is where I am located) to buy it? I would like to upgrade mine some day and in a good year I get enough work in the summer time that I can spend $50-100 in a year for non-essential things and still manage to make it through the winter. Last summer was not a good one, though, and I am really worried that I'll lose my house before work starts coming in this year, so if you aren't sure exactly and only have a ballpark that is more than good enough since it'll be at least mid-summer of 2014 before I have any hope of getting to buy it. I'm mainly just wondering so I will know what to expect and whether or not I should even try to save up for it, but I have been walking for the past few years and it doesn't look like I'll be able to purchase another vehicle that runs any time soon (maybe before 2020 I hope, kind of getting old) and I just thought that it would be nice to have something to look forward to. Something to hope for, it makes life a little more bearable somehow. IDK, probably just silly I guess.
Thanks in advance,