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Old 21. May 2013, 07:56 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Well, I am giving up on Lubuntu. I can't for the life of me get it to recognize my wireless card. I have tried many things I found on the Lubuntu forums. But, the LiveCD keeps crashing upon trying to update the package. So, it's onto the next distro.

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Just my suggestions but I would look at Solus OS (Eveline version 1.3) Descent OS and Voyager.
MC, of these 3, which do you think is the lightest or best for old laptops?
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Old 21. May 2013, 10:58 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Well Descent OS won't even boot. I tried a couple times. Solus looks to be too new and heavy for my ancient laptop. Linux Mint 14 xfce boots fine, but I'm having trouble connecting to my wireless network. This is odd, because I have an older version of Mint installed (Julia?) and it connects fine.

Puppy 5.3.1 works like a charm. I'm now getting ready to try Slacko 5.5.4. Of all the distro's I've tried recently, Vector Linux booted right up and found my wireless connection without a hitch! And, I love the desktop on Vector Linux.

So, I'm still looking for the 2nd distro I'm going to use, but I'm definitely going to replace either Mint Julia or Peppermint 2 with Vector Linux; probably Mint, since it is so slow on my system.

I'm wondering if anyone knows if Mint 14 xfce is faster than Julia? I do like Julia, it's just pretty slow on my old laptop. So, I might go with Mint 14 xfce if I can figure out how to get the wireless to work (Broadcom).
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Broadcom is pain in the ... Try to reinstall the driver ...
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Descent issue could be a bad burn or hardware incompatibility. I tend to use USB's for testing now rather than DVD's and just quick format every time before running Unetbootin.

Xfce is a great DE but I would still have a look at Voyager 12.04 which is built off the Xubuntu LTS. Speed from a live session (especially DVD) will always be slower than with a full install.

Even on my second PC which is three years old I'm finding connection issues with some new Linux releases and as Panzer states, Broadcom is likely to be the worst.
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Descent issue could be a bad burn or hardware incompatibility. I tend to use USB's for testing now rather than DVD's and just quick format every time before running Unetbootin.
I wish I could use a USB on this old laptop. However, the bios does not support booting from a flash drive. So, I have to use a CD or DVD.

I've downloaded and burnt (or is burned?) about 1/2 dozen distros this week. What amazes me is how slow most of them download?! I have a fast connection (20 MB), but it seems that all the downloads take forever?! It is extremely frustrating then to think that I might have a bad burn....

I might give Voyager 12.04 a try.
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I might give Voyager 12.04 a try.
I hope you like it. IMO Voyager (screenshot) is the best "complete" Xfce experience at the moment.

The default look might not be to everyone's choice, but that is easily changed and Compiz/Emerald runs on this so the sky's the limit.

To quickly change to a more traditional layout (if required), right-click and "quit" the bottom dock, then go into panel preferences for the top panel, un-tick "lock the panel", drag it to the bottom of the screen by clicking one edge and then lock it again.

Some other themes will work "as is" without needing Emerald, including this one which gives a nice shiny black look.

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.p...?content=71993

Just un-zip the file and put the folder into ".themes" (note the "."). With this theme you can also change the panel background (if you don't like the one included) by either altering the transparency settings, or choosing a different background image from your own files.
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Peppermint 4 is now released.

http://peppermintos.com/blog/
http://peppermintos.com/

Only had a quick look via a live session but the network settings are much easier in this version and there is greater scope for customization. IMO since the demise of Fuduntu, Peppermint is now the best of the lightweight distros.
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I wish I could use a USB on this old laptop. However, the bios does not support booting from a flash drive. So, I have to use a CD or DVD.

I've downloaded and burnt (or is burned?) about 1/2 dozen distros this week. What amazes me is how slow most of them download?! I have a fast connection (20 MB), but it seems that all the downloads take forever?! It is extremely frustrating then to think that I might have a bad burn....

I might give Voyager 12.04 a try.
There is actually a free program that lets you boot from a usb even tho your pc dosen`t support usb booting .
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you mean plop?

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanagers.html
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