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Hey guys. I have my system going ok with the Linux install. It's OK because I haven't been messing with the system as I do not know what to get it on in there. Anyways, I got a spare laptop from one of the relatives (Dell Latitude D400) which is old (~10years). Now, I can't install Mint as it throws error on screen which is difficult to read except something about CPU not supported. I even tried forcepae in additional instructions but it takes me to a blank screen asking user login and password which I enter as "mint" and "enter". Still nothing. Any suggestion ?
post #92 of 171
My guess would be that you need the 32 bit version of the operating system. 64 bit wouldn't be supported.
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I figured it would be because of that and tried 32 bit, but its still gives the same error. Tried CentOS, Mint & ArchLinux all 32 bit
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That's supposedly a 32bit CPU. I'd try puppy Linux but don't expect much speed from that computer. I wouldn't be surprised if basic web browsing was slow on it.
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Apparently it was running Win7 okay'ish. Not blazing fast, but not a snail either
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That's not that bad of a CPU at roughly 1.4GHz. The weak link is if it still has stock RAM, which is 1 GB. It supports 2GB and will run much faster, once booted, with full RAM. More importantly, assuming you have some idea of what you're doing, wipe the disk and install whatever Linux you want. That will be even faster. Web browsing speed is mostly constrained by your Internet connection and graphics system and RAM. By far most applications are still available in 32 bit and many, such as Wine, are still 32 bit only. Windows has a huge amount of 32 bit software, even on v 10, and only disallows 16 bit.. As long as you're pleased with battery life it should be decently serviceable for quite a few years.
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Ugh, I also bunged Linux onto a laptop of almost the same age as the D400 (just a year or two younger) and it sucked. First you get robbed of total system memory to feed video (64MB in the D400's case) and even the most rudimentary window manager plus running (32-bit) base system will eat up ~100MB, so if the D400 has 1GB then it might be worth it but if you think you're gonna be running Cinnamon or some other DE happily then you're fooling yourself.

If it has 512MB or less then there's no hope. You will end up with only about half that in actually usable memory for applications so that will prevent you from even running a browser like Firefox or Chromium smoothly. My craptop had 512MB - 128 for video and it was completely unusable with just three tabs open and that was using the leanest WM I knew of (JWM).
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I've installed Lubuntu 14.04 32-bit on a few older computers with 768MB-1GB of memory. I'm recommending 14.04 over 16.04 because in 16.04 the RAM requirement increased by several hundred MB.

Download page for Lubuntu 14.04.5
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/14.04/release/
If the desktop 32-bit iso doesn't work you can also try the alternate install image.
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That's not that bad of a CPU at roughly 1.4GHz. The weak link is if it still has stock RAM, which is 1 GB. It supports 2GB and will run much faster, once booted, with full RAM. More importantly, assuming you have some idea of what you're doing, wipe the disk and install whatever Linux you want. That will be even faster. Web browsing speed is mostly constrained by your Internet connection and graphics system and RAM. By far most applications are still available in 32 bit and many, such as Wine, are still 32 bit only. Windows has a huge amount of 32 bit software, even on v 10, and only disallows 16 bit.. As long as you're pleased with battery life it should be decently serviceable for quite a few years.
Yeah it has 1GB of RAM and I'm afraid that is what is holding it back. I tried CentOS as someone earlier suggested it was a fairly light OS. The error message it throws on screen is obfuscated except for CPU not supported. Rest is a scrambled mess or my eyes are old. Have to give Lubuntu as suggested earlier a try. Battery life is crap as the battery is dead and it runs only on AC. I wanted to use it as a firewall but I guess that is a little ways ahead.
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That's supposedly a 32bit CPU. I'd try puppy Linux but don't expect much speed from that computer. I wouldn't be surprised if basic web browsing was slow on it.
Your best bet on a machine that old for running a reasonably modern OS would be Slacko Puppy, a version of Puppy Linux based on Slackware. I've used it successfully on Pentium M systems before, and even Pentium III's, although the latter are slow no matter what you try.

You can try Slacko, or the Ubuntu-based version of Puppy Linux, Tahrpup, both here: http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

Here's a screenshot of Tahrpup running off a thumb drive on a laptop; Slacko looks about the same:

     
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