Revive an old PC with Linux - wikiHow
How to Revive an old PC with Linux
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- Consider what you want, a desktop computer, a server, or a router/firewall
- Clean it with compressed air
- Test your PC will turn on safely
- Determine what your PC will boot from (in the BIOS or manual), old ones might not boot from USB, really old ones might not even boot from CD
- If it won't boot from CD, download floppy boot images of Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux (WakePup for Puppy Linux 1 and 2 series) and once extracted onto a floppy disk, insert them into your old PC
- Download Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux CDs (on a new PC if you have one) and burn them as images (with Infrarecorder or Nero)
- Turn your old PC on if you haven't already and insert the CDs as soon as you can, if successful, you'll be greeted by a DSL or Puppy Linux boot screen for a few seconds (press a key quickly to interrupt the countdown if you like)
- Unless you have valuable data on the old PC, consider creating a swap partition (with gParted or Ultimate Boot CD) if you have too little ram (less than 64Mb) to run the distros "live"
- Read and consider carefully using cheat codes at boot (also called boot parameters) to run more from CD and use less RAM
- Choose Xvesa rather than X.org framebuffer if you have display problems
- Turn off ACPI or APM if you have problems
- If you like Puppy Linux but 3 series is too slow, consider 2 series (Phoenix or 214R), or even 1 series (MeanPup or 109CE)
- If you like Damn Small Linux, also consider Damn Small Linux-Not (with Abiword and Gnumeric) or Feather Linux (also derived from Knoppix).
- If you have a serial mouse, test whether it is detected and works. If it doesn't, then additional configuration can be made with boot parameters/cheat codes
- For dial-up modems, consider a hardware dial-up modem for maximum compatibility
- Some gains in performance may be made, once installed to hard disk rather than running live
- Also consider a "frugal installation" for performance gains
- If you're adding applications, choose lightweight ones like SIAG Office rather than OpenOffice.org
- Choose lightweight window managers like JWM, IceWM or Fluxbox rather than GNOME or KDE
- Choose lightweight browsers like Opera or Dillo rather than Konqueror or Flock.
- If you want something different and unusual with eye-candy, consider Enlightenment window manager which comes with eLive
- If power supply wires have broken do not use the PC
- Puppy Linux runs as root
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