For such an old machine I'm installing Linux Mint so the new owner can run Chrome, an Office suite and be current in so many ways.
If you want XP, then read the linked thread. You will likely buy some old licensed XP CD.
Im trying to get hold of a fujitsu Siemens amilo li 2735 insulation CD, that would of came with the named laptop when it was a new purchase.
Have googled it but found no results!
I want this CD as it as it will have all the drivers on it for my laptop
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As machines and XP ages I'm running into folk that are caught flat footed on how to install that old OS and how to get it working.
Linux is much easier with it being the rare exception where you need to hunt down a machine's driver.
As to what's a Distro. You should google something like "What is a Linux Distro" since my short explanation may not be enough. With that search you can read until you find your answer.
As to should it work, I don't own your model so I can't tell you what will happen. All I know is that these older PCs really challenge folk today. Here I lived through all that starting with CP/M then DOS then Windows and till today. I use the command line, can install most versions of Windows with the follow up work of drivers and apps. A lot of folk never did this work so they go looking for say "restore media" which may never be found. That's why in this case I'd install Linux since XP would be not cheap to buy and insecure at best.
Your replies tell me you haven't been working in this area long. Time to start. You'll learn quite a bit.
Here's my old note about not installing. http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm It's old so you would use a current version of Mint or other distro.
I bough a ******* copy of win xp on a disk for a couple of quid off ebay, that is how I run the OS on it
You see this laptop all it dose at present is play mp3/4 files that go into a mixer desk via a 3.5mm socket, that is all it purpose at the moment (but it dose have a working wifi built in with drivers that I would like to keep incase my other machines fail). But because win XP dose not have a built in mp4 player program (only mp3). I had to install a 3rd party program called "VLC media player" which lets me play bough mp4 and mp3 files
There are some black blobs or drips on the inbuilt monitor and occasionally the screen flickers, and as there is no signal from the VGA port at the back of the laptop (bough in xp and in BIOS) if the screen failed then I have had it and the laptop is rendered scrap!
I looked at that link you provided but I can't see a link to download Linux mint. So do you have a link to it please
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You would have found Linux Distros. I don't like to link to the Mint site since they can change and I'll get a reply my links are no good.
This is the second reason why I want members to learn how to find things. The more you can do on your own the less you're likely to end up at a repair counter. (Cha-ching!)
The reason I mentioned Mint is it's a current distro, they have builds for old 32 bit system which I would not look for at first and is well accepted by a lot of XP users.
As to VLC PLAYER, that IS on Mint and most Linux distros. There is little to learn to use Linux.
OK I got the links from there web site thanks
there are 3 modern edition called
Cinnamon, mate and xforce
says cinnamon is the poulest but which do you prefer or which do you think is best for gett the drivers I need to install on my laptop?
They say they are 1.8/ 1.9GB download. thats a lot of download!
In the past decade I have never gone looking for drivers after I install Linux.
This goes for all the distros I've used over the years. There was some driver hunts prior to a decade ago but that was cleaned up and (again) in the past decade no driver hunts.
Driver hunts are a Windows thing.
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for an older computer. Try the 32 bit version instead of the 64 bit. If still can't see on VGA port, may need to do more with the xrandr command. Somone on mint's forum site is best for the exact CLI line needed. If that line works, put in an empty file, label it x.profile and put in your user's /home folder. They can explain the why of that too.
When folk tell me they burn an .ISO to a CD I need to know more.
For one, if you see the .ISO file on the DVD (it won't fit on CD) then you didn't create the DVD from the .ISO. I use IMGBURN for making these in Windows. Some folk are new to such work so let's hear exactly what you used and what's now on that DVD.
The second issue came be on very very old PCs that could not boot from DVD but that's less rare as most of those have died so I haven't seen that issue in about a decade.
Its not a DVD I burnt it with it was a "700mb CD-R" that I used
And imgburn gave me the option of compressing the whole file onto the disk
The format/ file type is a CDFS. I can open the disk inside of "my computer" and it has the following folders. .disk boot casper dists isolinux pool pressed
And also 2 other programs called MD5SUMS and README.diskdefines
But it gave me the option of compressing it all onto the (700mb) CD
Surly they would allow you the option of having disk one and disk two
windows 3.1 OS used to come on 6 floppy disks (and so did the ms dos for it too)
Wonder if imgburn gives you the option of converting the files onto a USB stick, don't know how I would get it to boot though
must be burned to DVD,or on a USB flashdrive. If all you have is a CD/RW drive and not a DVD/RW drive, it's time to buy one that also burns and reads DVD's. External USB ones aren't that expensive, maybe $20-30.
There are some smaller Linux distros that will burn to a CD, but they are quite basic, although programs can be added to beef them up later from their repositories.
I managed to burn the ISO file to a DVD and it dose boot up when I reboot my machine, so looks like compressing the data onto a CD dose not work!
However when I got to the menu (the desk top) everything seamed to freezer up and I could not press any of the options. Also when this CD was running I plugged my monitor in the back of the VGA port and still no signal!
I could not find any supported way to compress these newer Linux distros to CD. If it must fit on a CD then you have to get a Distro that fits on a CD.
As to the VGA, some laptops had me press a Fn + some Fkey (F1 to F12?) to turn on the VGA port. Now you also have the age of the PC working against you. How do you know this port, cable and monitor is good?