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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 8:36 pm 
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I installed Puppy Linux 215 CE to the hard drive, and added grub to the mbr, so it boots up, no floppy or cd required. Then I upgraded (a complete clean install) to Puppy V4.00 (k 2.6.21.7). Same type install, and everything but sound is working fine.

I also tried Vector Linux , which seemed to install ok, but I switched back to Puppy.

I know the hardware is old. It is an older Compaq Presario laptop with an AMD k6 cpu. It could be as much as 10 years old.

The system has only 96MB RAM. I created a 192MB swap partition, and the rest (about 2GB) as ext2 (or ext3, not sure, and the laptop is not here).

My friend wanted something to access the internet (which is working great using a PCMCIA card). He also wanted a word processor. He was about to install WIN98, but I talked him into trying Linux.


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 12:20 am 
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hansencomputers wrote:
My friend wanted something to access the internet (which is working great using a PCMCIA card). He also wanted a word processor. He was about to install WIN98, but I talked him into trying Linux.

phew!

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Maybe - -

the CD size limit is a bump in the road - as every month, every year new hdwe pops up.

Maybe a new CD with only the hdwe drivers is needed, with an anaconda patch to ask for them, eh?

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Got my hands on a Compaq Armada in rather good condition, PIII with 320 megs and a brand new harddrive installed.
Decided that Gnome had gone downhill since its marriage to Ubuntu so I installed BLAG 9002 - the best thing I ever did :D
No worries with the default install, the 2.4 kernel and Mozilla are just about the only packages I keep up2date.

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Gnome has been going downhill since they switched away from Graphical Midnight Commander and Sawfish.


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I actually started to build GNOME 1.2.4 on the latest Slackware - to relive the old magic. It didn't like gcc4 so I had to start patching and replacing system libs. A pain to get installed, but damn it's fast!

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I've given up on GNOME and moved on to XFCE. XFCE reminds me much more of classic X Windows but with some modern conveniences.

Personally I blame Ximian for the downfall of GNOME. Stupid monkey.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:37 pm 
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jebba wrote:
BLAG10000 was the last BLAG to use the 2.4 kernel. Perhaps you could give that a spin, for kicks. It is ancient though. Maybe peanut or DSL or some of the ones that target really really old machines would fare better.


I'm trying to revive an old Toshiba Satellite 2755DVD notebook
* 600Mhz Pentium III
* 800x600 SVGA LCD screen
* 64MB RAM installed (max 192 MB)
* 6 GB IBM Travelstar DARA-206000 ATA/IDE 4200RPM hard drive
* Built-in DVD/CD-ROM drive

DSL and PuppyLinux works fine but there are some issues with these distros that is not working good with me (gnupg, xmpp support, etc)... so I follow this guide to install Fedora Core 1:
http://michaelminn.com/linux/toshiba275 ... dora1.html

and is working good!!
but I remembered that BLAG1k is based on FC1,, so I want to make a test, but mirrors with old stable BLAG versions only have BLAG3k ,,,

I'll keep you informed about :)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:58 pm 
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I would try BLAG 30K. It has some compatibility possibility with RHEL4.x so you might be able to get some software for it.


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For anyone looking for them, here are some old BLAG isos:
http://miku.ezbake.org/blag-isos/

BLAG 10000 is included. I'm going to see if I can find an old 10001 alpha I had.

SHA1SUM/MD5SUMs have been verified.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:21 pm 
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Here's 10000.10003, which I've got labeled as "10001 alpha 3". It was made in April 2005 and seems to have quite a lot of updates. I confirmed that it passed the media check.

MD5SUM: 84763fcc0c78ff071eb32a87cdf564e8 BLAG-10000.10003.iso
SHA1SUM: ffd67f82a721207d9d46c56cf7de61518660fc76 BLAG-10000.10003.iso

http://miku.ezbake.org/blag-isos/BLAG-10000.10003.iso

Happy blagging,
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 Post subject: it works!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:21 am 
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noldrin wrote:
I would try BLAG 30K. It has some compatibility possibility with RHEL4.x so you might be able to get some software for it.


sure man!
I think BLAG30K is a really good option for old laptops

I installed without problems BLAG 30k on the toshiba 2755DVD laptop, take a look:
http://espora.org/~vlax/shots/shotBLAG30k.png

is running blackbox like a charm; Xfce is working also good:
http://espora.org/~vlax/shots/shotBLAG30k-xfce.png

I understand that BLAG repos for this old version are not more available,, by now I can find a lot of packages from Dries Repositories and FreshRpms:
http://heidelberg.freshrpms.net
http://dries.studentenweb.org/apt/packages.html

if you know where to find more please let us know!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:47 pm 
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You could try EPEL (Extended Packages for Enterprise Linux) I can't vouch for them, but they are worth a look.

http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/public ... EL/4/i386/


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 Post subject: Re: it works! + review
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:27 pm 
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There's an review (in Spanish by now) about how to rescue the 2755DVD notebook using BLAG3k:

http://sietecoyote.com/2009/03/28/como- ... blag-3000/


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