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Compact simple Linux O/S wanted

Hi
Can anyone recommend a compact (in size) and simple to install Linux O/S

All I will ever use it for is playing VLC media player files.
But I need it to have drivers on it to run my VGA card for my external monitor though

Thanks
Batista230

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Is this a fujitsu Siemens amilo li 2735?

If so, you can choose any of the top Linux distros. Given these fit entirely on one DVD I call those compact today.

Try Linux Mint.

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Linux mint

I tried the linux mit but did not work!

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It's likely that

You need a little more than I can offer. I don't own your laptop so while I know about various commands you'll have to try a few distros but likely to end up on a Mint or such forum to get the settings you need for this laptop and to enable it's external VGA.

Sometimes folk show up with a broke laptop LCD and are upset there is no easy fix. Sometimes we have to fix the laptop to get the external working.

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did not work?

what do mean by "it did not work?" it could be a simple fix or it could be something else. in any case, it could make a difference as to the which distro to suggest.

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Why it did not work?

It just keeps crashing/ hanging out, so slow would not boot from disk

I mean who needs an OS thats over 2GB of disk space anyway, if it dose not fit on a normal CD then its just to big and the computers memory and processors cant handel it

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guess you don't run windows either

since windows is a whole lot larger than 2 gigs, I wonder what operating system you use?

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no its not!

my win xp disk is 617 MB, and I'm sure win 3.11 was even less

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Then run XP or 3.11.

As to Linux there are smaller distros which you can pick over. The size of the distro won't matter since your hurdles are how to enable the VGA port and that may require a step or a few that I can't tell you as.... it will specific to your machine.

As such, it is time for you to get to a hard core Linux forum like Mint or just have the work done for you. Here I'm limited by the fact I don't have your model to test with.

As to size, the Puppy Linux was among the smallest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puppy_Linux

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Further more

But there again, I never found Linux any good; as the last time I bothered with it I gave up and just decided it was an amature OS for tecnisions to fix them selfs, not something for job public plug and play. not like windows 3.1

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Even Windows 3.1 required us to

Install a driver, configure and maybe press some magic Fn Key combo.

If you want something you don't have to deal with, get an IT staffer or Linux Guru to do this setup for you. You are asking for just a bit more than how Linux works on a stock install.

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you are trolling

I see now, you do not have the skill level to install an operating system.

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really!

but if the OS was not crap then it would install

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Actually

With millions of installs for both Linux and Windows the fact your old laptop has an issue tells me the laptop is the issue here.

That said, I would still try more distros, hit the forum specific to the distro that looks close enough and not make claims the OSes are cra p when you are dealing with such an old laptop. You won't get good feedback and may have folk walk away if you do this.

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