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[SOLVED] Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:41 pm
by zakari
hi all,

I read all thread found in Google, all seems outdated. I have a Compaq Presario C700 means :
CPU : Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6mhz
MEM : 4gb DDR2
which Mint version will be more suitable ?

between Cinnamon and Mate, suggesting Mate ah?

keep in mind, that should be x86, coz everytime installing OSx64 the fun going to fly!

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:53 pm
by killer de bug
I would install the XFCE version.
Customized a little, it is as beautiful as Cinnamon. And it will be much faster than Cinnamon. :wink:

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:10 pm
by BlackJackMarcus
I've got a C700 (500G HDD and 2G ram) with Mint XFCE installed on it. Gets a little bogged down if lots of web pages are open (>15) using Opera or Firefox. I initially used Lubuntu then tried Mint XFCE and stuck with that. Takes a while to boot up but once its there it runs everyday tasks fine. Just don't load it up too much with unnecessary bling hence XFCE is a good choice.

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:11 pm
by Fred Barclay
Xfce has my vote too.
MATE might work as well, but Xfce will be faster and probably better on that machine.

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:04 pm
by zakari
thanks guys, apart from GUI u suggesting to install the latest version (v18.2) or something older ?

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:46 pm
by Fred Barclay
I think 18.2 would be a reasonable choice. If you find it doesn't work well on your hardware, then try 17.3 as well. :)

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:28 pm
by Pierre
either the MATE or XFCE versions, should work fine,
but with that 1.6Ghz CPU - - you probably will have issues with watching YouTube movies . .

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:45 pm
by wizzybang
I've just installed Mint 18.2 on my old machine. It's a Lenovo Thinkpad R500 3gb RAM, P8700 C2D. Runs like a dream. It does get bogged down a bit when lots of tabs open in browser but apart from that runs like a charm.

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:50 pm
by jglen490
I saw this as I was cruising on my desktop, so I fired up my laptop which is:

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john@john-Satellite-A135:~$ inxi
CPU~Dual core Intel T2080 (-MCP-) speed/max~1333/1733 MHz Kernel~4.10.0-37-generic i686 Up~13 min Mem~683.1/1883.7MB HDD~500.1GB(9.3% used) Procs~173 Client~Shell inxi~2.2.35 
with 2 GB of RAM. This laptop is running:

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john@john-Satellite-A135:~$ inxi -v 2
System:    Host: john-Satellite-A135 Kernel: 4.10.0-37-generic i686 (32 bit)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.6  Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
quite well.

I'm sure yours will run Mate or XFCE very nicely, but it should be able to handle Cinnamon alright. Just figure out what you will be doing with the laptop and the complexity of the payload you will run.

Re: Old laptop advice

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:16 am
by zakari
hi all,

I installed v18.2x86 XFCE... Like it... 'Sometimes' (1time of 3) when the machine is starting Im getting the Mint logo with dots and afterwards a blank screen even I wait 10min stuck there. The installation made without internet connection the wifi&ethernet working properly.

what I liked is that finally the
lid close - lock computer
worked!


:!: thanks all! :!: