Which Linux flavor for Pentium 3 700mhz

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  1. jer2eydevil88 macrumors regular

    jer2eydevil88

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    What’s this a p3 that still turns on??? Yeah its old, slow and only has 128mb of ram.

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    .:: ABOUT ::.
    It had an Operating Almost on it (Windows 98) but I quickly took that 6gb hard drive out and drilled it apart to get the shiny stuff out of it... I threw a 200gb hard drive in so no worries about the space requirements. I bought a second hand DVD drive for it as the current CD-ROM is broken and in this day and age every Linux release comes out in DVD.


    I felt like I needed to throw a teensy bit of money into this to make it a plausible iTunes. Some of these upgrades may even give it the appearance of a real Linux box so hang on to your seats.


    .:: Specs ::. - Formerly a stock Compaq Presario 5000
    Intel 700mhz P3 slow CPU but free – in a Compaq case
    200gb 7200rpm 8mb cache HDD
    128mb PC133mhz ram – soon to be 512mb PC133mhz ram once I find an affordable source
    Generic 4x CD-ROM (had to use something in the meantime) – I have a DVD drive on its way
    Floppy (why… it just had one and until I get bored and take out my .22 it will stay in there)
    Intel 810 graphics and chipset (shudder… - Enough said)
    10/100 pci lan card
    PCI Audigy SE (I bought this off Newegg for $28 and I hope it works with Linux… if not I’ll be sending it back.. for a turtle beach).

    I am also looking for recommendations on a good CHEAP PCI video card. Almost anything will be better than the 1mb of shared ram this thing is using now.

    All in all I need a linux that runs smoothly on old hardware and detects the hardware.
    Damn small Linux ran great but the current video card was not detected making the screen purple and black.

    Fedora Core 5 won’t work well in graphical mode and I don’t need a terminal box.

    So an idea’s for my Linux box?
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

    janey

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    haha i still have a machine that has specs close to yours, mine was an 800mhz P3 (dvd drive, 80gb hdd, 512mb ram, ...) - search newegg for good deals on pci video cards, there's some for like $15-30.

    my fave linux distro of choice is gentoo, but compile times can get really out of control (think 1 week or even more, depending on what you install) but i think there's a jackass thing for P3s at http://jackass.homelinux.org/jackass/index.html

    i've thrown ubuntu, freebsd, gentoo, fedora core 3 or so, and knoppix on there at one point or another, and all of them worked great :), although right now it's running winxp for one of my classes (need visual studio 2005, and too slow to run in vpc, and i dont want to dual boot my intel mac)
     
  3. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

    2nyRiggz

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    I'm dual booting xp/fedora core 3 on a compaq presario 2100...runs smoothly.


    Bless
     
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

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    Ha, I win the crap PC game...I put Gentoo on a Gateway with a 700Mhz Celeron <shudder>, and a broken integrated graphics chipset (I picked up a cheap Radeon 7000 for display).

    I set it to compile, forgot about it for a month, and when I checked it was done. Don't know how long it took, but my friend did one on a PIII and it took 3 days.
     
  5. janey macrumors 603

    janey

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    wtflol mine took roughly a week, i don't remember what it was, but it took a LONG time. Never doing it again. Ever.
     
  6. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    Ive used ubuntu on a 700 mhz AMD PC, and it worked well.......
     
  7. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

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    I think it was a 1GHz PIII he used....He recently did Gentoo on a 1.6GHz Pentium M and I think he said it took around 4 hours or so. According to him, the long compile was worth it due to the speed gains you get by customizing the kernel, but frankly I don't have the patience or knowledge for it. :D

    I once compiled Debian on a Mac IIci, that took about 24hrs to compile.
     
  8. Uma888 macrumors 6502

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    Try SLAX.
     
  9. janey macrumors 603

    janey

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    knoppix as a livecd has more stuff (although, it's started to become all bloaty, now it's a liveDVD)

    i still like my gentoo though.
     

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