July 21, 2011

What is the best operating system for a low end old laptop thats slow?

i have an old Dell that would barely run XP cause my grandma messed it up some how and i was wondering which one distro would work best on it

Even after 2 years I reached into this question. Further search brought me a...

Even after 2 years I reached into this question. Further search brought me a list of light weight operating systems. Hope this will be help full to other visitors like me.
Best 5 Lightweight OS For Your Old Laptop and Netbook

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It depends on what you mean as far as "low end". It's going to need at least...

It depends on what you mean as far as "low end". It's going to need at least 256MB of RAM. If it uses shared memory for the video display and only has 256MB installed you are actually working with less than 256MB. The good news is that nearly all laptop memory at the moment is fairly cheap and well worth the $20-$25 for an additional 512MB.

R4W (Replacement for Windows) is also worth adding to this list of operating systems. It is designed for refurbishing older PCs and laptops. The scoop is that the next version (6.4) will have a fully automated install which can install even on systems with less than 256MB of ram.

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Heres a list with the lightest at the top:...

Heres a list with the lightest at the top:

1. Tiny Core
2. Arch Linux
3. Linux Mint Debian

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Heres a list with the lightest at the top:...

Heres a list with the lightest at the top:

1. Tiny Core
2. Arch Linux
3. Linux Mint Debian

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@Cat Tilley...

@Cat Tilley
Why would it matter when you re-format the partition if it was ext3 or ext4 before!? I can not imagine! it should not matter what information was before on the partition.

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Damn small linux , or turbolinux , puppy linux , there are a lot of...

Damn small linux , or turbolinux , puppy linux , there are a lot of posibilities

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I use Bodhi Linux on an old dell laptop. It has a pentium 3 and 750 meg of...

I use Bodhi Linux on an old dell laptop. It has a pentium 3 and 750 meg of ram. Runs quite well.

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Xubuntu is fine for low spec computers, it'll run on most anything. I ran it...

Xubuntu is fine for low spec computers, it'll run on most anything. I ran it on a Dell Latitude C640 w/256MB RAM, it did quite well.

However, it may be worth trying Mint 9 or Ubuntu 10.04, as both are good, even on older computers. Either should run well w/o high specs.

Whichever you decide, being that it's a low end laptop, it probably would be best to do the formatting as ext3, rather than ext4. When you read the release notes prior to choosing your distro (please do this), you'll find this in "known problems". It has to do with the package manager freezing at times.

Plus, if you decide that Linux isn't for you, and revert to XP, it'll have a very hard time reformatting for the reinstall, should the HDD be formatted as ext4. I know this firsthand. It took me 3 attempts to reinstall XP (and several hours), due to XP having a hard time formatting over ext4.

BTW, I always use ext3 for formatting Linux installs anyway, even on newer computers.

Cat

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Try Puppy Linux

Try Puppy Linux

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I use Xubuntu on a very old Dell Dimension B110 and it flies along sweetly!...

I use Xubuntu on a very old Dell Dimension B110 and it flies along sweetly! Pretty, fast, simple enough even for me, lol, and works right out of the box.

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