Linux distro for OLD PIII computer

Discussion in 'GNU/Linux' started by kckndrgn, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    OK, so I just "inherited" an old Compaq PIII computer. Hate to get rid of it because it still in operational order. Small hard drive (by today's standard) of 3GB, 128MB of ram.

    Has a working CD drive & 3.5" floppy (yes I had to use it to get existing files off for my mom).

    I've tried DSL (Damn Small Linux) but the install crashes every time with a read error. May be the iso image was bad that I burned from or the burn itself was bad, I'm going to try to make another copy and see what happens.

    Tried Ubuntu 11, it just hung on the load

    If I boot DSL in to run level 2 (command line only) the system is plenty fast.

    All I'm going to do with this box is put in a wireless card, install a web browser put some speakers on it and use it to play music from cloud players (such as amazon) out in my garage/workshop.

    Any suggestions for a small linux system?

  2. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    I would consider a live disc of knoppix or linuxmint that you don't actually have to install. Just boot from cd/DVD and then get the ip via dhcp as long as your wireless card is supported. Unfortunately even linuxmint needs/wants 8gb to install on.
  3. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

  4. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    DarkLight - I rather go with installed, it will be faster. Every live cd i've run in the past has been slow compared to an installed system.

    Guit - trying Puppy now. I downloaded the .iso last night. If this doesn't work out I'll try LUBUNTU

  5. scpn

    scpn Monkey+++

    I'd like to have a Linux distro I could test out w/o too much trouble. Couldn't run the ones I tried on old IBM Pentium machines about 10 yrs ago. Haven't tried since.

    BTW, been wanting to ask, what is a "Guit"?
  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    If you can enable USB boot, you can install Liberte Linux on the USB thumb drive and use your PC's HD as storage. That might work, but I don't know for sure.
  7. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    The first syllable of "guitar." Pronounced "git." It is a play on words...reminds me I need to put the computer down and go fishing.

    See also:

    Junior Brown - An American Original

  8. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    finally have DSL loaded and working. Took some finagiling but finally. Tried several distros, but all had various issues, DSL was the only one that would boot to a usable system.

    Now to find a cheap wireless card and I'll be set.
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    DSL is old

    DSL is outdated software, last update/release November 2008

    Try a newer Debian based distro, maybe CrunchBang if all you have is a CD drive.

    Or a Debian netinstall.
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