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I finally heard from a craigslist seller which could be just as poor of a purchase, but maybe it's better. What do you think?



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Intel Celeron CPU @ 500 Mhz

256 MB RAM

20 GB hard drive

Multi-card reader in the 2nd PCMCIA slot

The wireless card is a PCMCIA made by Belkin, model F5D7010, Version 5100, Wireless G.

Includes Windows XP, MS Office, floppy drive, CDROM drive

10 years old (purchased in 2001)

Batteries still hold a charge and seller is testing them tonight.

The power cord/power supply/charger is included.

All keyboard keys work, and there are no cracks in the screen.

Original Dell Carry Case

No Longer Considering Laptop Below

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Would this laptop work well for a flashdrive boot of Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, ect?

Item specifics - PC Laptops
Condition:
Used
Brand: Dell
Processor Type: Intel Pentium III Type: Laptop/Notebook
Processor Speed: 650 MHz
Processor Configuration: Single Core
Operating System: Not Included
Memory (RAM): 256 MB
Primary Drive: Not Included

No power cord.

Product Identifiers
Brand Dell
UPC 752570042545
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I would love to use it for delving into and learning more about smaller linux distros and also have some modding practice afterward. It never hurts to have a backup school computer too! Can bios boot from a flashdrive? What about using USB 1.1 vs 2.0? I'm pretty sure this is 1.1. Would it be able to run linux decently for openoffice, firefox, and resource-light linux programs? Thanks in advance.
Edited by Inuzukakiba2 - 3/23/11 at 8:15pm
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I wouldn't touch that laptop, since you can get much better - and with a power adapter - for a comparable price if you keep looking.

Yes, it would run lightweight Linux distributions - but only from the hard drive. Many PCs from that time had limited or no capability of booting from USB devices.
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I wouldn't touch that laptop, since you can get much better - and with a power adapter - for a comparable price if you keep looking.

Yes, it would run lightweight Linux distributions - but only from the hard drive. Many PCs from that time had limited or no capability of booting from USB devices.
Thanks for the quick reply and good warning. Any suggestions for usb bootable laptops for around the same price? Is that simply an unrealistic hope?
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post #4 of 13
Eh... You could probably cut it with a very lightweight distro like Linux Mint LXDE which is VERY low on resources.
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Unless you get that for 30 or less it's not worth it. Get a netbook and then tinker with the "light-weights".
     
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Unless you get that for 30 or less it's not worth it. Get a netbook and then tinker with the "light-weights".
Is it possible to get a netbook for anywhere close to $50? (I'm a poor college kid) I've been out of the laptop, netbook market for a while now...
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Is it possible to get a netbook for anywhere close to $50? (I'm a poor college kid) I've been out of the laptop, netbook market for a while now...
Add another 150 and cover the shipping and I might let you have mine with MeeGo already installed for you when my semester ends in early may. On start up this thing only uses 80MB of RAM. I remember when I had windows on it and on start up it would be using 500MB. Big difference in performance I can tell you.

But this thing I think is much more powerful than that Dell you linked to.

PS: SLAX is one of my favorite USB distros. It's entirely a USB based OS. If I didn't have a computer of my own I would be using it because as long you have access to the boot menu you can load it on just about anything. And running it from RAM is nice. Leaves no track either I think.
Edited by Rookie1337 - 3/23/11 at 8:11pm
     
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Add another 150 and cover the shipping and I might let you have mine with MeeGo already installed for you when my semester ends in early may. On start up this thing only uses 80MB of RAM. I remember when I had windows on it and on start up it would be using 500MB. Big difference in performance I can tell you.

But this thing I think is much more powerful than that Dell you linked to.

PS: SLAX is one of my favorite USB distros. It's entirely a USB based OS. If I didn't have a computer of my own I would be using it because as long you have access to the boot menu you can load it on just about anything. And running it from RAM is nice. Leaves no track either I think.
I don't have anywhere close to $200 to spend, but I'll keep you offer in mind.

With the new pc I linked, is it much more realistic to use it as a linux platform, usb boot or not? I may be able to talk the guy down a little bit too.
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Originally Posted by Inuzukakiba2 View Post
Is it possible to get a netbook for anywhere close to $50? (I'm a poor college kid) I've been out of the laptop, netbook market for a while now...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
Add another 150 and cover the shipping and I might let you have mine with MeeGo already installed for you when my semester ends in early may. On start up this thing only uses 80MB of RAM. I remember when I had windows on it and on start up it would be using 500MB. Big difference in performance I can tell you.

But this thing I think is much more powerful than that Dell you linked to.

PS: SLAX is one of my favorite USB distros. It's entirely a USB based OS. If I didn't have a computer of my own I would be using it because as long you have access to the boot menu you can load it on just about anything. And running it from RAM is nice. Leaves no track either I think.
I guess you didn't read what I bolded in his post above.

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Originally Posted by Inuzukakiba2 View Post
I don't have anywhere close to $200 to spend, but I'll keep you offer in mind.

With the new pc I linked, is it much more realistic to use it as a linux platform, usb boot or not? I may be able to talk the guy down a little bit too.
The computer you posted above should be fine. Just install Linux on the HDD. But what I'm worried about is the wireless working in Linux. But you have Google that can help you with that.

To be honest, 256 RAM is fine. Especially with the distro I mentioned above. I have it on a old Socket 478 Pentium 4 computer, it only uses 106MB's of RAM. I have yet to see it go over 150MB's of RAM and that's with having a Minecraft server on it. Granted, I haven't done any web browsing etc in Firefox to see what would happen. But if you're in a pinch, I think you could make it with that computer.

I know what it's like not having a huge amount of money laying around. Linux is open source and free. No needing to spend $$$ on software etc etc.
post #10 of 13
Here's an example; a much more powerful rig and only $22 bid right now with just a couple of hours left. Some creative searching will certainly turn up many more possibilities.
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