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choosing a Mint for Compaq Mini

Post by fraxinus_63 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:31 pm

I have recently acquired a netbook - a Compaq Mini 110. It seems nice. It has Windows 7 installed ... but I'd like to be able to run Linux on it, preferably booting from USB.

I use Mint 13 and 17 on all my desktops at present. I wonder if there is a Mint flavour that would suit. Or can anyone recommend an alternative that's worth trying? I am willing to invest a bit of time and effort if needs be.

Thanks in anticipation. I know a Google search brings up discussions of this matter quite quickly, but several of the threads I have found are a few years old and I am keen on some up-to-date advice!

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Re: choosing a Mint for Compaq Mini

Post by DrHu » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:53 pm

Since you found the posts (internet) about HP/Compaq 110 machine + Linux, that will likely still apply
--unless some wifi drivers have been failing (a problem on that machine) or a later driver update doesn't work

The usual problem is graphics or wifi setups
--everything else (usb) and so on tend to work, either with older Linux version (aka Mint 13x or newer Mint 17x/Ubuntu 14x) or Debian or otherwise
  • Internet posts have the answers
I would simply try the live CD/DVD and see what works doesn't work
--or I would shrink (via windows OS) the partition in windows and leave space for a partition for your Linux version
  • You could also install VM: virtualbox under windows and run your Linux OS seamlessly to see how satisfied you are with the response and operation
And watch for uefi issues
--that's about all the alerts needed before installing any Linux OS

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Re: choosing a Mint for Compaq Mini

Post by Pjotr » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:56 pm

Until recently, I owned an HP Mini 110. Definitely select Linux Mint 17.1 Xfce (32 bit). Only Xfce is lightweight enough for good performance on that weak hardware. :)
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Re: choosing a Mint for Compaq Mini

Post by benali72 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:23 pm

From the specs at HP/Compaq, I assume you have the Atom N270 processor with 1 gig memory. I mainly work with machines in that power range (though their usually older computers rather than Atom-based).

I'd definitely recommend Xfce to hold down ram and cpu consumption. You'll get a more responsive system than with KDE, for example.

I'd test a few distros via CD/DVD to get a feel for them. I've got 2 old P-4 laptops at 1.8 and 2.2 ghz respectively, and I find that Mint 17 overwhelms them a bit. I decided to fall back to 32-bit Mint 13 with Xfce and keep that as the primary OS. Oh, and keep in mind that Mint 13 still has a couple more years of support, so no problem there.

Good luck, whatever you decide.

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Re: choosing a Mint for Compaq Mini

Post by fraxinus_63 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:40 am

Thanks very much, all of you, for your prompt replies. I will try XFCE - before I download 17 I'll give it a spin with the 13 XFCE edition, which I already have here on an ISO.

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