Ubuntu on Older System

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January 12, 2011 at 11:55:15
Specs: Ubuntu 10.10, Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM
I have an old IBM ThinkCentre with a new 500gb hard drive, 1.5gb ram installed and a Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor. Would the latest version of Ubuntu run decently on this setup? I don't need it to be very quick or look amazing, I just want something that will be an OK desktop for school work and internet surfing.

If it won't run at all or will run excruciatingly slow, what can I do to make it work?


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#1
January 12, 2011 at 12:45:31
It should work properly...

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#2
January 12, 2011 at 13:33:38
Might try a flash drive to play with. Consider using some of the tips at pendrivelinux.com for how to's on making a usb flash drive that would boot linux.

A simple live cd is normally used to test the hardware but they tend to be rather slow. I use usb flash installs and they work quite well compared to a real hard drive install.

You should even be able to run a virtual machine on that system for testing. Pretty sure that processor is vm supported.

Speed also has to do with the choice of distro. Lightweight ones and ones made for speed would be a good choice if that is the goal.

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


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#3
January 12, 2011 at 14:15:36
I have Ubuntu 10.10 on a USB drive and I used the program from pendrivelinux. However, whenever I turn on the computer, it goes straight to "No operating system found. Press F1 to restart boot sequence. What do I do now? There's no screen to enter the boot menu...

Edit: I figured out that my monitor was just automatically turning "on" after the logo screen with the bios options, so the computer was trying to boot from the hard drive. I also found out, though, that it won't boot from the USB drive for some reason even if I set it to. I'm formatting it with the program from pendrivelinux, putting the OS back on it and trying again.

Edit 2: ...However, it continues to not work. Any ideas, or should I just get it on a CD?


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#4
January 12, 2011 at 17:27:53
It does take some playing sometimes. I usually find that I have to power down computer then power up to bios. Then select my pen drive under hard drives and move it up to first.

If not then don't play too much. A cd should give you an idea if you may like it or be able to use it.

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


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#5
January 12, 2011 at 18:09:25
a 500 gb HD, I would partition that and run at least 3 different distros.

larry


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#6
January 13, 2011 at 07:47:17
When I saw "older system" in the title, I was expecting to see specs to an old Win98 box - something like a P2 with 128MB RAM. A P4 with 1.5GB RAM will run just about anything & should run it very well. Does your system have a CD drive? If it does, use it. Download the Ubuntu 10.10 ISO file, burn it to a disc using ImbBurn, then boot off the disc.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.imgburn.com/


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