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Windows 7: Install Linux on old laptop

13 Apr 2014   #1
Sven1458

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Install Linux on old laptop

Hi all
I got my hands on an old Dell Vostro 1000.
It has XP on it and was retired because of it. Also it was not the fastest machine ever built.
I would like to install Linux on it, but I have no idea what flavor.
What would be a good flavor to put on here? Nothing to complicated, because I donít know much about Linux.
Any recommendations?

Thanks
Sven



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13 Apr 2014   #2
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Hey,

Ubuntu is really good and its free, here are the requirements;

Ubuntu Desktop Edition
700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
512 MiB RAM (system memory)
5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Internet access is helpful

Thank you for your contribution | Ubuntu
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13 Apr 2014   #3
Sven1458

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Harribo2014

Sounds like I need pretty basic hardware.
Thanks for your help
Sven
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13 Apr 2014   #4
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

No worries.
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13 Apr 2014   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Take a look at Zorin Linux as well. It's Ubuntu based but has more of a Windows look and feel.
It has a light version (6.0) and a regular version (8.0) with both 32 and 64 bit versions.
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13 Apr 2014   #6
Sven1458

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, I check it out

Sven
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14 Apr 2014   #7
Sven1458

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Ztruker,

I downloaded the software and I was able to use the live version on my home PC. I was able to start a few programs that do not need to be installed, like CBid and cquz. I also was able to start siw, but it complained that it was running in compatibility mode. But it run. gave me no data, because Zorin was not installed, or it was unable to do it like that.
My question is: can I just install any software, either DOS or Windows to the hard drive, or am I limited to what Zorin has to offer?

Thanks
Sven
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14 Apr 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Zorin is one of the distros I also run - in a virtual partition. I find it a bit buggy and it does not have a lot of facilities. A much better option is Mint Mate. That is a beautiful system. Try it in Virtual - here is how.

Note: there is also a 32bit version from the site I linked in the tutorial - if that is what you need.

Here is a little Mint Mate demo I made.

This was made from an installation on a flash drive. The setup tutorial for that is here.
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14 Apr 2014   #9
Sven1458

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Very nice demo on UTube.
I will download this also and try it out.
Thanks
Sven
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14 Apr 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome. If you have questions, post back.
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