Please help-Can't get any Linux to work-

September 24, 2010 at 10:05:13
Specs: Windows xp, celeron m/ 224
I was trying to down-grade an old computer for my mom, she just wants to check e-mail and play online games. It is an hp pavilion ze4941 notebook , with only 60gb, 224 ram, 130gh pro, and 650mb mem. It had windows xp installed, and with avg, & malewarebytes, it was running real slow.
I posted earlier, and dls, puppy, and xubuntu were suggested.
I wanted to change over to either dsl, puppy, or xubuntu linux, and get rid of windows. I downloaded all 3,(it took FOREVER). burned them to cd's- no problem. I tried to install dsl, hated it, puppy did well, but when I tried to save set up and personalize settings, it would not let me. Xubunta took a long time, and I think it wrote to the hard drive, instead of running in ram, but then it will just freeze up to a blank screen. I am not sure if or how it has re-partitioned my hard drive. A friend at work suggested I take the computer to Best Buy and get the geek squad to fix it, but someone else told me it would cost more than the computer's worth. I have really long brown hair, and am ready to tear it out,- I'm not kidding!- or do something bad to the computer- would it fit in the blender? :) Of course, my mom keeps asking me when will the computer be ready? I have spent 60+ hours on this, & I am really stressed out- Please, Please, someone help me, or send a link for step by step info as to how to fix this. Thanks so much!!!

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September 24, 2010 at 14:18:58
Gee, sorry.

Have you considered using the xp restore disks and then use microsoft's security essentials.

One issue with puppy is it is a bit different than other distro's. I like it but it is one of a kind in many ways. I think you needed to do a "frugal" install.

Xubuntu should have worked. We don't know if you tested the disk so not sure which way to go, You don't have enough ram to try running in ram.

DSL is getting old but should still work.

As to which way to go, what direction do you want to try next? Another distro or work on one of the previous suggestions?

If you need to spend a bit more time, might want to go through this just for some ideas that we may have missed.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 25, 2010 at 07:47:27
The reason DSL & Puppy were suggested is because you originally said your laptop was from 1998. We now know that it is no where near that old & originally shipped with XP. You apparently don't know what your doing with Linux, so why not stick with what you know? I suggest you invest in more RAM & just reinstall XP. The ze4900 Notebook series supports up to 2GB of DDR333 only have 256MB. Add a 1GB stick & that thing will perk right up.

Completely wipe the hard drive & start from scratch. Reinstall XP.

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September 27, 2010 at 09:58:52
I would give Linux mint a try : I have an PRE-HISTORIC PC with 512MB RAM and a new HDD because there was a problem with the old hard drive. I had it repaired over the winter and in summer I got it back (some relatives helped with getting cheap repair abroad). When I got it I installed Linux mint. Now it is running and I have no complaints. If you don't like Linux Mint you can use Ubuntu - the GNOME (Different graphics) version of Xubuntu.

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September 27, 2010 at 10:56:22
Which disk did you download for Xubuntu?

The Desktop disk is a LiveCD and takes 350+Mb to install. It's doing 2 things, LiveCD and installing.

The Alternate disk is a straight install and takes 64 Mb to install. It should run on just 192 Mb of RAM...

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September 29, 2010 at 04:56:45
Maybe you need to install not the latest version of the system? I guess Xubuntu 10 will be significantly slower than 7 (for example).

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