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Howdy,

Finally have a video card for my test rig i'm jury rigging for the fun of it...

It has...

Unknown intel mobo, (it's special, reminds me of asrock..)

Pentium 166,
1x 512mb sdram, and 4x unknown older ram (will take out if can't post, etc).

PCI slots =
10/100 nic,
56k mdm
128mb fx5200 nvidia (Couldn't find older pci)

Older slot (pcma? or whichever, but long, wide, black).
Soundblaster 16bit or SB Pro... o_O

PSU I think is 220 watt.

CDRW drive (voted against dvd, as per OS installing.. hehe).

Floppy (yes 3.5", considered, and might put if I find... a 5.25).



I know Win98SE would run easily, but i'm considering a linux build. Simple, works, nothing fancy, but it loads.

Suggestions on OS/approach? (Constructive, not recycling, lol...)

- Le_Loup


P.S. i'm having it plugged into vga on my Benq lcd, dvi for my pc, and hdmi for my xbox. So... unique multi functional desk i'll have...
    
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Linux should run fine on that. I'd suggest using one of the more minimal distros like Arch, or maybe Puppy/DSL for something minimal but more complete out of the box.
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Linux would run fine.
    
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Any distro suggestion, if I was to try older ones, that are simple like ubuntu? Or would that be an ok edition to test?
    
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well you would honestly want to look what "desktop/window manager" you are wanting to run...that is a pretty "old" build you got going.

if i was you, i would consider crunchbang, the openbox version of it, it is based off of debian and has a very "small" memory footprint.

i've also heard good things about bodhi, it is based off of ubuntu and uses the enlightment WM.

Edit: i would seriously stay away from windows 98, if you are planning to ever connect it to the internet, as windows 98 last i heard, has a life expectancy of about 10 minutes online. at least if you went the linux route, you'd have access to a good majority of "advancements" made in the last 14 years
Edited by Transhour - 4/6/11 at 12:27pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Le_Loup View Post
Any distro suggestion, if I was to try older ones, that are simple like ubuntu? Or would that be an ok edition to test?
DSL
or puppy linux
the older wide, black slot is most likely a isa slot

dose it look like this
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 4/6/11 at 12:23pm
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Ubuntu would be too slow..

I installed a lightweight version of Ubuntu called Lubuntu on a p3 800mhz w/512mb of ram, it ran smooth, I'd give that a shot.

I use it as the os on my laptop, p4 2.8, 512mb of ram, super smooth and full features of Ubuntu.

http://lubuntu.net/
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Ubuntu would be too slow..

I installed a lightweight version of Ubuntu called Lubuntu on a p3 800mhz w/512mb of ram, it ran smooth, I'd give that a shot.

I use it as the os on my laptop, p4 2.8, 512mb of ram, super smooth and full features of Ubuntu.

http://lubuntu.net/
Lubuntu would still be slow
but better
dsl wound be the best linux OS imo for the setup
dsl has about the same requirements as win9x
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Ubuntu would be too slow..

I installed a lightweight version of Ubuntu called Lubuntu on a p3 800mhz w/512mb of ram, it ran smooth, I'd give that a shot.

I use it as the os on my laptop, p4 2.8, 512mb of ram, super smooth and full features of Ubuntu.

http://lubuntu.net/
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Lubuntu would still be slow
but better
dsl wound be the best linux OS imo for the setup
dsl has about the same requirements as win9x
Was about to try dsl, however, downside is, the p166 wouldn't officially "start". Something about the ram setup, or the ram itself, or the cpu/mobo wasn't working.

Tested hardware dandy, psu, fine, fans, fine. HDD, fine. cdrom, fine. floppy, perfect. Video card, nic, usb pci, 56k pci, old black slot bigger then pci forgot name sounblaster 16bit, fine. All lit up. Whenever I plugged a vga cable into lcd, then into either of the 2 ports on the pci video, pulled up fine...

Downside is, depending the ram setup... the pc would beep differently, very loudly, and rudely...

Other then that, lit up like a christmas tree where it should have...

Will try the Lubuntu, on a vm, to get handy with it, so I can still build a low end base build for such a purpose of an alt storage build, or equiv. (ie, shuttle pc, etc).

- Le_Loup

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