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My oldest PC running Linux

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inxi -F
System:    Host frosty Kernel 2.6.32-21-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 9 Isadora - Xfce
CPU:       Single core Celeron (Mendocino) (UP) cache 128 KB flags (-) bmips 735 clocked at 367.502 MHz 
Graphics:  Card ATI 3D Rage IIC AGP X.Org 1.7.6 Res: 832x624@75.0hz 
           GLX Renderer Software Rasterizer GLX Version 2.1 Mesa 7.7.1 Direct Rendering Yes
Audio:     Card Rockwell International Riptide PCI Audio Controller at port 1080 
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.21
Network:   Card Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver 8139too v: 0.9.28 at port 1400 
Disks:     HDD Total Size: 6.4GB (37.4% used) 1: /dev/sda QUANTUM FIREBALL 6.4GB 
Partition: ID:/ size: 5.5G used: 2.3G (44%) fs: ext4 ID:swap-1 size: 0.26GB used: 0.02GB (6%) fs: swap 
           ID:swap-2 size: 0.26GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Info:      Processes 105 Uptime 15 min Memory 116.1/181.6MB Client Shell inxi 1.3.2
I am posting from the Lynx browser in the terminal. It just runs faster.
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Re: My oldest PC running Mint

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You do not let go of anything do you: Quantum Fireball, ATI Rage. This looks like 1995 or 96, 97 at the latest.

Of course I still have a 4Gb Hdd hanging around.
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Re: My oldest PC running Mint

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A friend of mine tried to sell these three old PC an IBM a Packard Bell and that HP. The HP was the newest advertising Win'98 on it. When I booted it up it had XP installed but couldn't boot because the thirty days to register had expired. So I tried Mint 9 and couldn't get it to run fast enough. Put on Salix 13.1.1 and it was fast enough but I couldn't get some of the programs I like (gdebi) to run. So I tried Debian 5 and it was fast. Booted faster than Vista on a 2009 HP. and faster than 7 on a 2010 Sony. But again it didn't have what I wanted and putting the same repos I use on Mint Debian on it cause it to crash after an update. It used Volatile instead of Testing. So I learned how to stop X from starting at boot and just run the Mint 9 command line. It is great. I use it to teach others how easy Linux is. And to show them that Hardware does not necessarily become obsolete. The Packard bell has a bum power supply and the IBM has no usb ports. So my spare accessories won't work. Plus those other two only have a gig a piece for storage only Damn Small will work on that unless I do live sessions only but they don't have the RAM for that. My phone is more powerful than these machines but is nice to know that Linux can breathe new life into old but still working hardware. 8)
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Great job getting the one working. That would definitely have been a learning experience for me.

As I recall, the few Packard Bells I have had my hands inside of tended to have proprietary connectors and such. It may well be difficult finding a power supply, if it is even worth the effort.
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I like to play with electronics in my spare time. So I will probably just repair it. The thing is old enough that I can get at with a soldering iron. Not too much integration in the power supply. But it will need an old PS/2 keyboard and mouse. It has no NIC nor modem. So it has taken a low place on my to-do list.
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Re: My oldest PC running Mint

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haha, I like reading your post, in particular the wordings " my phone is more powerful than these machines..".

anyway, if you have time, try antiX, it is very fast on old machine, I like it when it took me only 12 minute to install and 45 second to boot up a 7 year old machine..of course puppy also fast however it takes longer time to boot.
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My first computer was an AST CUPID tower I think. I've got it lying around in my garage somewhere I got it when I was 5 or 6 years old ha. Though I'm not sure it could run anything anymore at 33MHz.
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At 33MHz you might be able to push Damn Small Linux, but that may be pushing it. You'd need an all command line OS and as fun as it might be you couldn't even use that for anything modern.
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Yeah I realize that, ha. It'd be fun. It was definitely DOS with some great games on that machine though. Wolfenstein, TMNT, Monster Bash. Good times.
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MS-DOS was Microsoft's greatest achievement and they have phased it out.
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inktitan wrote:

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inxi -F
System:    Host frosty Kernel 2.6.32-21-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 9 Isadora - Xfce
CPU:       Single core Celeron (Mendocino) (UP) cache 128 KB flags (-) bmips 735 clocked at 367.502 MHz 
Graphics:  Card ATI 3D Rage IIC AGP X.Org 1.7.6 Res: 832x624@75.0hz 
           GLX Renderer Software Rasterizer GLX Version 2.1 Mesa 7.7.1 Direct Rendering Yes
Audio:     Card Rockwell International Riptide PCI Audio Controller at port 1080 
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.21
Network:   Card Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver 8139too v: 0.9.28 at port 1400 
Disks:     HDD Total Size: 6.4GB (37.4% used) 1: /dev/sda QUANTUM FIREBALL 6.4GB 
Partition: ID:/ size: 5.5G used: 2.3G (44%) fs: ext4 ID:swap-1 size: 0.26GB used: 0.02GB (6%) fs: swap 
           ID:swap-2 size: 0.26GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Info:      Processes 105 Uptime 15 min Memory 116.1/181.6MB Client Shell inxi 1.3.2
I am posting from the Lynx browser in the terminal. It just runs faster.
I wouldn't say that you are running Mint per se. More like it powered on and somewhat functions when you click on things.
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True. Run implies fast. This is more of a steady jog with a few stops.
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Re: My oldest PC running Mint

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zacklyke wrote:My first computer was an AST CUPID tower I think. I've got it lying around in my garage somewhere I got it when I was 5 or 6 years old ha. Though I'm not sure it could run anything anymore at 33MHz.

try slack and puppy

they dont need much hardware to run it
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Re: My oldest PC running Mint

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My 2002 AMD (1199Mhz, 1GB RAM) ran LinuxMint like lightning until the HDD died.
Now it runs LM10 from a USB key, courtesy of GRUB4DOS from SliTaz: slow to boot, but just as fast once it's up and running.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a *nix that will work on my 1992 i486 (25MHz, ~4MB RAM, ~80MB HDD), although DOS6.22/Win3.1 (their best EVER!)/F-PC FORTH and loads of apps run just fine, and fast. I'll try - again - to get muLinux to install.
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Dell Latitude C600
Not breaking any speed records, but very usable for web, mail and playing music.

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System:    Host Switchy Kernel 2.6.31-14-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 8 Helena - Main Edition
CPU:       Single core Pentium III (Coppermine) (UP) cache 256 KB flags (sse) bmips 1202.76 clocked at 601.384 MHz 
Graphics:  Card ATI Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x X.Org 1.6.4 Res: 1024x768@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer Software Rasterizer GLX Version 2.1 Mesa 7.6 Direct Rendering Yes
Audio:     Card ESS ES1983S Maestro-3i PCI Audio Accelerator driver Maestro3 at port d800 
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.20
Network:   Card-1 3Com 3c556 Hurricane CardBus [Cyclone] driver 3c59x at port d400 
           Card-2 Atheros Atheros AR5001X+ Wireless Network Adapter driver ath5k v: 0.6.0
Disks:     HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (2.5% used) 1: /dev/sda WDC WD1200BEVE-0 120.0GB 
Partition: ID:/ size: 109G used: 2.8G (3%) fs: ext4 ID:swap-1 size: 1.53GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Info:      Processes 129 Uptime 33 days Memory 172.9/497.4MB Client Shell inxi 1.2.6 
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I love seeing old machines still working. I just wish more parts were available for them.
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Re: My oldest PC running Mint

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inktitan wrote:I am posting from the Lynx browser in the terminal. It just runs faster.
Absolutely a terminal (console) application will run quicker on the OS

However, if we have the resources, and those limits are not that high, then the GUI applications and the GUI desktop is likely what we all will tend to use.
--I only ignore screen effects (animated open/close of windows etc), because I don't need them to make use of the GUI desktop operations.
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dawgdoc wrote: Of course I still have a 4Gb Hdd hanging around.
That's a rather large drive ya got there...I still have a 10MB drive pulled from an old 286. It may still have DOS 5 or 6 (don't remember) and Windows 3.0 installed..
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This was during a nearly 2GB file transfer over USB 1 on that old PC. I like how that PC sits at less than a hundred megs of memory with the GUI disabled. I call everything up using either the terminal or alt F2

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inktitan wrote:This was during a nearly 2GB file transfer over USB 1 on that old PC. I like how that PC sits at less than a hundred megs of memory with the GUI disabled. I call everything up using either the terminal or alt F2
It's the 100% pegged CPU that concerns me the most.
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