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by ralphaw / June 23, 2007 5:20 AM PDT

I have an old PC.
AMD K6-2 550
ATI Radeon 7500
256 MB
40 GB Hard Drive.

I have tried Ubuntu 6.06, also tried unsucessfully to load PCLinux 2007(Apparently it won't load on the K6-2)

Any help ould be appreciated.

Thanks in advance....

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2007 6:19 AM PDT

The only reason the k6-2 may have failed could be hardware age or failure related. I've run PCLinuxOS 2007 on a lot of hardware so try the prior BigDaddy release.


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by ralphaw / June 23, 2007 6:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmm...

My experience with linux is limited. But hardware is not the case. I removed each piece of hardware individually tring to isolate.
Even tried an older vga controller Vodoo3 PCA.

The thing is it will boot to the menu, but no matter which selection I make it does a hard reboot-at the point it reaches 100% on the kernel load.(execpt the mem test works fine).

As I stated earlier the 6.06 Ubuntu loaded ok and is running with no issue, the reason for trying another distro was that I wanted a
little more control, ie root user not disabled.

Thanks again,

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Now try Big Daddy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2007 6:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Hardware?
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Downloading now
by ralphaw / June 23, 2007 6:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Now try Big Daddy.

Do you have any thoughts on what I should do to prep the HD since it has another distro on it at the moment?

Thanks for the advice,

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I never have to prep the hard disk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2007 7:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Downloading now

All the distros in that top 10 can deal with a blank unpartitioned drive. In fact I've seen working distros fail when people try to prepare the drive ahead of time.


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I'll let U know
by ralphaw / June 23, 2007 7:11 AM PDT

The download is still going, I may use GDISK to delete the old partions while I wait(thats what I get for not springing for Cable instead of DSL). Thanks for the suggestions.

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Big Daddy Sucess
by ralphaw / June 24, 2007 4:14 AM PDT

No problems with loading BigDaddy. I appreciate your help. Do you have any recommendations for a browser considering my hardware. I have DSL, but it seems that Konqueror is a little slower than Firefox on Ubuntu. Will I be looking at a large pain to load and swap browsers. If not what version will best meet my needs and not be to much strain on the hardware.

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I thought Firefox was in BigDaddy?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2007 4:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Big Daddy Sucess

And I can't test it but wasn't Firefox able to be updated with Synaptic?


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LINUX NEWBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by ralphaw / June 24, 2007 4:47 AM PDT

Sorry about that you are correct.

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No I was just guessing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2007 4:49 AM PDT

It's been so long (how long?) since I ran big daddy that I can't recall it all.


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Ubuntu root lockout/disabled
by randysvh / June 26, 2007 5:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Hardware?

Ubuntu like most versions of LINUX give you control during installation to select the root password and your user password. Ubuntu is no different.

PCLinuxOS may need to select or disable one of the options given to you at install time before selecting the install option and maybe one of those may help. The VESA option may be the one to disable, and maybe it will boot. i noticed that PCLinuxOS is a little bit more difficult in the initial install process, than some others, but i did manage to get it installed on my HP laptop with a 17" display.


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