Which version of Ubuntu for an old computer?

Discussion in 'Linux' started by bpwnes, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. bpwnes

    bpwnes MDL Member

    Aug 11, 2015
    A guy wants a dual boot of XP and Ubuntu on his old computer. I doubt the current release will actually run very well on it, so does anyone have a recommendation on which older version would run without issue?

    Compaq Presario SR1030NX
    Athlon XP 3000+ @ 2.16 GHz
    2 GB DDR400
    80 GB IDE HDD
    Onboard Video
  2. GOD666

    GOD666 MDL Expert

    Aug 1, 2015
    Xubuntu will use the least resources of the Ubuntu line. A friend of mine uses a really old Pentium 4 and its able to run it. :eek:
  3. Mutoid

    Mutoid MDL Member

    Sep 23, 2015
    I've got XP and Xubuntu running as dual boot on an old 32-bit Fujitsu-Siemens
    .... all is good.

    At the risk of stating the obvious , install XP first and then during the Xubuntu install , it will offer the option of
    installing alongside the existing OS or replacing it .... easy !
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  4. John Sutherland

    John Sutherland MDL Addicted

    Oct 15, 2014
    Hello bpwnes - My brother runs Linux Mint 17.3 with the Cinnamon desktop on his HP Mini 210. This machine has an Intel Atom processor @1.66 GHz and 2GB of DDR2-800 memory. It's slow to boot, and a bit slow to open certain apps, but it never crashes. I mention this because Linux Mint 17.3 is based on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS, so it would probably be able to run Ubuntu just as well. Since your friend's machine has the same amount of memory and a slightly faster processor, you can expect similar or somewhat better performance.

    I visited HP's support website and found that your Compaq Presario SR1030NX has Windows XP 32 bit as the only OS it supports. Therefore, make sure to download the 32 bit Ubuntu .iso, not the 64 bit version.

    You shouldn't have any problems, but there is an issue I see popping up from time to time on the Linux Mint forum. When you get to the Installation Options screen, you should find an option to "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows". Once you select it, it will then ask how much you want to shrink the Windows C:\ partition in order to make room for Ubuntu. If you do not see this option appear, exit the installation. Then post back here and I can advise you how to use the "Something Else" option to install.
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  5. programb

    programb MDL Novice

    Apr 30, 2015
    Very good advice... There's lxde as well... It's even lighter than xfce, but it comes with a steeper learning curve...
  6. bpwnes

    bpwnes MDL Member

    Aug 11, 2015
    #7 bpwnes, Jan 18, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016
    Okay so I put Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS on it and as I expected, graphical animations make it terribly slow and almost unusable. Working on turning them off at the moment.

    Edit: Got as much animations turned off as possible, but it is still really sluggish. Can't seem to find a way to disable transparency and pop-up fade in/out. Oh well, good nuff for me.
  7. Antilope

    Antilope MDL Member

    Sep 15, 2015
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  8. not_up_to_date_yet

    not_up_to_date_yet MDL Novice

    Sep 9, 2015

    I suggest a 32bit OS. The processor that you have does not support SSE-2, PAE, and the NX bit extensions to run any x64 apps. In addition most *nixes will not even support 32 bit 0S'es withhout these extensions. I have tried because I also have an an Athlon XP processor (3200 MHz). I would try LXLE 32 bit 12.04.4 version. The above requirements would not be needed. I have it running extremely well on an Athlon XP 1900 with 768 MB of RAM. It would be almost up to date. Freshclam (anti-virus) is already ready to be run. Memory footprint at idle is ~200 MB so your machine should run very fast on it. Give it a try.
  9. fedewt

    fedewt MDL Junior Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Manjaro Fluxbox edition on this hardware will fly... ;)
    Your cpu is old, I suggest a distro with a WM very light, Fluxbox, Openbox or i3.
  10. paul01

    paul01 MDL Novice

    Jan 12, 2011
    Any linux flavor and version will work with that hardware.