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Old PC Needs new OS


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Maleboe

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I have an old HP Pavillion 6630. It currently is running Windows 98 SE and I would like a more reliable and faster operating system to install on it. I was thinking of a linux distro but I don't know which one to choose. Specs are below.

Processor: Intel Celeron 500 MHz processor
Memory: 64MB RAM
Hard Drive: 10.2 GB

Thanks in advance,

Josh
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Hi Maleboe,


Linux is a good solution for an older PC.

DSL is fast and light. 50MG download and can be installed to HD with a good choice of additional apps.

Puppy Linux is another good choice. 95MG download and can be installed to HD. You may need more ram but the good news is you get compatible RAM HERE for $5 shipped. More RAM would give you more options for other Distros.
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DSL is a good option, but if I were you I would upgrade my ram and go for a more complete distro. Puppy will work fine, and maybe even PCLinux.
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Well the problem is it will only upgrade to I believe 256MB according to the specs. Will that be enough to run the versions you all are discussing?
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http://damnsmalllinux.org/

It only takes up 50mb and can run with as little as 16mb of RAM

http://www.puppylinux.org/

Puppy has been tested on a few very old machines but the best results for the standard release of Puppy Linux to run at a reasonable pace have been achieved with the following:
CPU : Pentium 166MMX
RAM : 128 MB physical RAM for releases since version 1.0.2 or failing that a Linux swap file and/or swap partition is required for all included applications to run; 64 MB for releases previous to 1.0.2
Hard Drive : None
CDROM : 20x and up
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.........and maybe even PCLinux.


you may find pclinuxos a bit much for the cpu and ram,
i've had full compiz on 256mb ram and 1gb cpu - so it may work

http://pclosusers.com/system.php
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http://polishlinux.o...n-old-hardware/

read this too, it will help you decide what roks best with your computer, and what apps are suitable for old computers along with the distros.
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