E machine E510 possibilities suggestions?

Dell Inspiron 1464 notebook
March 28, 2020 at 04:58:21
Specs: Windows vista, 2 gig
E machine E510
• Currently Installed Memory: 2 GB
• CPU Family: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 560 @ 2.13GHz

My hobby is trying to recycle old pcs/laptops. I like to give away for free/charity etc.
I have E machine E510 running vista for past 10 years. currently too slow to use.
Boots up fine etc
But CPU max out when i go online.
What do folk recommend? seems a pity to throw away?
reinstall vista?
another OS?

All suggestions welcome :-)

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March 28, 2020 at 05:43:07
If the speed doesn't come back, try these methods.

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March 28, 2020 at 05:47:01
If still slow, try these Linux distros for low powered comps.

20 Best Lightweight OS for Old Laptop & Netbook in 2020

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March 28, 2020 at 08:56:02
If you're going to run or install Windows & go online with it, you shouldn't be using anything older than Win7, & even that is a risk because it's no longer supported.

I've been running Linux for years & I do exactly the kind of thing you're asking about. I take older computers that aren't capable of running Windows, clean them up, upgrade any hardware that's practical based on what I have laying around, then install Linux. Since you stated 2GB RAM, you have several decent windows-like choices.

An excellent minimalist distro is Linux Lite. It doesn't have all the bells & whistles, but it has enough of the software that most people need, & because it's so lightweight, it runs well on old hardware. Install it on a newer computer with 4GB RAM or more, & it flies!

A few others to try are Mint XFCE, ZorinOS Lite, or Peppermint. You can find 100's of Linux distros here.

I'm currently running Lite on an old laptop & old desktop, both have 2GB RAM. I have a more modern desktop running Mint XFCE with 4GB RAM & it runs extremely well.

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March 28, 2020 at 11:44:36
Hi John,
ty for input.
yes have been running cleanup software for years on it but despite that i think it's too buggy to clean up....It slows to a halt when connected to internet so I cant download new software. It definitely needs a wipe/reinstall of something...

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March 28, 2020 at 11:49:23
Hi Riider,

Ty for your reply.

I think you are spot on. Vista is too 'dead'. I was looking at Linux options earlier today and a bit nervous as if I'm giving it away I would want something that allows a novice to run the machine confidently.
I'm assuming they'd need to browse websites, send documents, view photos etc.
I was drawn to peppermint....but am really not very confident with Linux distros, so what would you recommend that would be easy for a non-IT personal to maintain?

perhaps I should just try one after the other and see for myself?

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March 28, 2020 at 12:10:47
I take it that you either have a Vista install disk or the laptop
has a recovery partition with Vista. Have you ever re-installed
Vista on it before? To me, that would be one of the first things
to try, rather than the last. However, the malware cleaners
that Johnw suggests could also determine the cause of the
problem, in addition to fixing it.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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March 28, 2020 at 14:41:30
Hi Jeff,
I had neither Vista on partition or disk. I decided, since vista is not going to be supported for much longer, to install Linux lite tonight. It's on & currently doing updates.
I'm also going to do the 'dust clean' that Johnw suggested as the fan does sound noisy.
I'll keep you updated here with how it all goes....

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March 28, 2020 at 16:05:13
"install Linux lite tonight. It's on & currently doing updates"
I now have booted up my low spec spare comp with one of my many Linux spare HDD's.
This time using Linux lite, it seems to have everything needed, let me know if it solves the speed issue.

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March 29, 2020 at 10:34:10
"since vista is not going to be supported for much longer"

Much longer? It hasn't been officially supported for years. Not by Microsoft, not by browsers, not by most anti-virus software. I recommend you avoid it like the coronavirus! If you any see sites that recommend browsers or AV software for Vista, check the date of the article, most likely it will be 3-4 years old.

I think you'll find Linux Lite will work well. It should have most of the software the average home user will need - office suite, photo viewer, scan/print software, etc. It's very windows-like in its layout & menu structure, & most everything is accessible thru the Start menu. The Welcome screen that pops up at startup will be a big help until you become more comfortable with it.

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April 4, 2020 at 12:58:54
"Clean the dust out as a first step, see if that gets your speed back."

John- I opened the laptop to give it a clean and was stunned at how much dust was trapped in the fan! Oh my gosh! That probably was the reason for it being so slow! Had no idea!

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April 4, 2020 at 16:48:50
Sounds like it Trisha, cats & dogs also contribute to the dust problem. Put cleaning in your diary, you may have to clean once a year, or even more often.

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