The PII 350 MHz Computer Dies?!

I always hate to send hardware off to that big chipyard in the sky. However, the PII 350 MHz PC decided to give up on me. Perhaps that is why I was getting so many errors while attempting to install various distros of Linux (including those optimized for old PCs). So, for those of you that were following along with my little journey, the PII is no more…too many errors began to pop up even in steady Slackware. I made … Continue Reading →

More 350 MHz Mayhem

Based on some recommendations from those commenting to my previous entry…I will attempt a few more distros on my old PII 350 MHz PC…using the XFCE Desktop of course. I’ll attempt to get the latest and greatest XFCE up and running. Those that I’ve received feedback on are:     STX Linux DSL – Damn Small Linux Puppy Linux Kanotix Zenwalk Debian Unstable (for XFCE cutting edge) Wolvix PCLinuxOS – Second attempt after remaster (because it is my favorite ) … Continue Reading →

The 350 Mhz XFCE Linux Desktop Search

I’ve had troubles as of late in my household. I had a motherboard go bad that was powering my Media Center PC. This PC is the center of the entire family entertainment with 30 GB of music, 50 GB of movies, and the ability to watch live TV. That immediately ceased when the BIOS chip failed on the mobo. I had to send in for a replacement. In the meantime, I’ve had to shift all of my computers around to … Continue Reading →

New Linux with an Old Laptop: Fedora Core 4

Guest Editor Apostasy has decided to take a look at current distributions and how they perform and install on an older laptop. This article is the first in a series of many that will look at distributions such as Suse 10, Fedora Core 5, Mandriva, and other desktop-centric distributions. The Hardware Compaq Armada E500 Laptop 700MHz Intel Pentium III 256MB PC133 SDRAM ATi Rage Mobility Intel Ethernet Pro 100 Toshiba 10GB Hard Disk Netgear WG511 Wireless PCMCIA Card Installation I … Continue Reading →

Slackware 10.2 + 350Mhz PII = Bliss

Slackware 10.2 came out a few days ago and I’ve recently decided to dust off a Pentium II 350 with 524MB PC100 RAM to see how things work with it. All I can say is WOW! I have resurrected this old computer to a new life. Slackware was where I started and I can assure you it will be a staple of my Linux diet for years to come. Despite the age of the computer and the slower processor, things … Continue Reading →