Basically, it's due to be scrapped, but I managed to tinker in the fan of a previously scrapped notebook and put in 2 512MB memory modules totalling a hefty 1GB
I might find a fix for the hinge too.
Starting from the live stick first I had a lost deskbar. It took me a while to find out it was set at 1280x768 where the native resolution is 1280x720. That changed it runs pretty well from the live CDUSB. It's good enough for some internet browsing and email checking. I may want to use it on some trips where it can provide me with a private environment for my mail and sites, but not a big loss if something happens to it.
So I installed it with Mint 18.3/32 XFCE.
At first boot, it loaded at 640x480, without a possibility to change it. Looking in the driver manager there was the option of installing cpu microcode which I did. After rebooting it was set a 1280x768. I was able to set the resolution to 1280x720. At the next boot however it was set at 640x480 again, and unable to change it, as if no driver has been loaded.
And so for the following boots.
There probably will be solution to get it back to 1280x720?
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System: Host: xxodd Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Machine: System: MiTAC (portable) product: Notebook PC v: VT6363A Mobo: MiTAC model: Notebook PC v: VT6363A Bios: Phoenix v: R1.03 date: 02/06/2007 CPU: Single core Intel Celeron M 430 (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB speed: 1729 MHz (max) Graphics: Card: VIA CN896/VN896/P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC] Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: fbdev (unloaded: vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 4.0, 128 bits) GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7 Audio: Card VIA VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA v: k4.10.0-38-generic Network: Card-1: VIA VT6102/VT6103 [Rhine-II] driver: via-rhine IF: enp0s18 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath5k IF: wlp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 80.0GB (11.3% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: FUJITSU_MHW2080B size: 80.0GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 31G used: 5.1G (18%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.05GB (2%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 60.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 171 Uptime: 16 min Memory: 281.5/741.0MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35