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> Installed Ubuntu On Desktop, Slow As Molasses In January, Pentium III, 600 MHZ, 512 MB RAM
post Oct 30 2007, 10:36 PM
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This desktop has these specs: Pentium III, 600 MHZ, 512 MB RAM, 20GB HDD, onboard video (sis chip)
Windows 98SE is pretty fast on this computer, so I installed ubuntu 5.10 onto it and the entire install took about 4 hours (huh?)
I've installed a fresh copy of windows on this machine in about an hour in the past.
Ubuntu installed a dualboot scheme, I don't remember the name now, it wasn't lilo. (OK, now I remember, it was Grub).
I had to search the ubuntu forums to get my serial mouse working, (the PS/2 port is bad).
When I finally got to the desktop with a working mouse, it was as slow as molasses.
It took 10 seconds just to open a help window and a file browser window took about as long.
(And I thought some Zaurus apps were slow).
Last year I was going to try Debian, but got lost in the confusing amount of CD-ROMs required to be downloaded and gave that up.
I'm thinking of installing damn small linux on that box, but I thought I would ask here:
What is a good starting linux distro for a beginner that will install on an older PC?
Do all linux distros support cross compiling for the Zaurus? (I would rather muck about on an old desktop, than mess up my Z).

I have since removed it, deleted the extra partitions it set up, and fixed the master boot record, using win XP recovery disc.
It was so slow that it was un usable.
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post Oct 31 2007, 09:26 AM
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Thank you for all your replies.
I installed version 5.10 because I already have the discs. (windows 98SE is a lot older, isn't it?) I installed it to the hard drive.
Have you checked whether DMA for the disks is enabled?
DMA is enabled in windows.
The setup (CMOS) for that PC has these settings for the hard drive:
Pio-mode 4 (There is also a setting for auto. Is "Pio mode 4" the same as DMA?)

I'll try another distro. If I try Debian. I'll stay with a stable version.
If using only one CD, you have to be connected to a network, don't you?
What is the best version for that old machine?
Can 2.4 kernel stuff be compiled on a machine with a 2.6 kernel?

I'll try PdaXrom later.
I also have a knoppix CD
I want to install whatever I use to the hard drive for better speed, and not run it from a CD.
I don't have a network connection to that machine.
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