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Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint. <SOLVED>

Postby WT101 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:42 am

I'm wondering what I'll run into when I try installing Linux Mint on a Gateway Solo 5300 Notebook (laptop?) running Windoze ME. (Don't hurt yourself laughing too hard.)

I didn't have any problems at all installing Mint on a 64 bit Dell tower that was running Vista. I'll have to get a 32 bit DVD with Linux on it for this machine (at least I hope the drive will handle a DVD).

I'd like to have some portability with using Linux and this old laptop may fit the bill or it may be too old (although I think that's typically not the case with Linux).

Any predictions of what problems I might run into?

Thanks!
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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby Pierre » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:47 am

right - - I've climbed up from the Floor
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post back some specs of the PC:
- cpu speed,, memory,, hdd space

does the cd drive work A.ok ?.

EDIT: you may want to look at:
http://antix.mepis.org
as it's designed for those older PCs.
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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby richyrich » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:50 am

No prediction, but a suggestion . . try Mint 17 Qiana first, either the Xfce or MATE editions. Cinnamon or KDE may be TOO graphics intensive to work properly.

Reason? Mint 17 Qiana has the 3.13 series linux kernel, which may work better on your older hardware. And it will be easily upgradeable to Mint 17.3.
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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby deepakdeshp » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:53 am

Can you tell what is your hardware specs?
MATE or XFCE are lightweight distros. The specs for Mint 18 are

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3052
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I am using Mint 18 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD processor .

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby MintBean » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:04 am

It takes very little time to boot the live Mint ISO, and you'll know exactly what/if there are any issues.

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby WT101 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:05 am

Pierre wrote:right - - I've climbed up from the Floor
:(
post back some specs of the PC:
- cpu speed,, memory,, hdd space

does the cd drive work A.ok ?.

EDIT: you may want to look at:
http://antix.mepis.org
as it's designed for those older PCs.


Intel Pentium III at 750 MHz.
128 MB Memory Module
20 GB Hard Drive
4x/4x/20x CDRW Recordable Drive

Yep, the CD drives works fine. (And so does the floppy drive! :mrgreen: )

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby Moem » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:08 am

WT101 wrote:Intel Pentium III at 750 MHz.
128 MB Memory Module


Oof. I think you should be looking at AntiX. But even that recommends 256 MB.
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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby Hoser Rob » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:15 am

No Mint DE version is going to run acceptably on that. Sorry. I wouldn't even bother with LXDE (as in Lubuntu) either. Try Puppy Linux. It's genuinely light. Some say that lightweight distros are all about the DE but that is total rubbish.

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby richyrich » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:26 am

Not for Mint . . you may want to look at Vector Linux, they have a new Light edition. I have it installed on an old IBM X22 Thinkpad with PIII 600mhz, and 320 Mb RAM. It runs fast and stable.

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby WT101 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:30 am

Unless there's a decent way around it this laptop doesn't have much for internet access; dial up modem and an ethernet card. I'm not sure how I'd get future software updates.

Will the ethernet port hook up to an external device that can give it WiFi capability?

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby MintBean » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:42 am

If you have an ethernet card, you can connect straight in to a router which is usually provided by whatever internet service provider you sign up with.

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby WT101 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:49 am

I live out in the country. I only have a WiFi hotspot available to me; no DSL, no cable, and no dish.

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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby jimallyn » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:42 pm

IF Mint will run on this, and it's a BiG if, I would definitely suggest you use the XFCE version. That's a pretty puny system by today's standards. But, as others have suggested, antiX will run on that. I have installed antiX on several old and puny computers, and it runs surprisingly well. If you have a wifi hotspot and another computer (as you mentioned) use that to download antiX. Vector may also be OK, but it wasn't much good on an older computer I installed it on. Maybe the new version mentioned here is better than what I tried.
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Re: Need some predictions on installing Linux Mint.

Postby Habitual » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:02 am

I predict you will install more than once from your chosen media.

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