Howdy Level One Techs. DFM here.
Well I'm finally taking my first stab at installing Linux! I'm pretty excited, but I don't want to jump into this without checking with my best trusted nerd resource.
What I'm hoping to do with this laptop/version of Linux: Light browsing and basic htpc stuff. No gaming or anything serious (You'll see why when you read the specs).
My parents use this machine to check email, surf da web, and print things.
Will I have compatability issues with this older laptop?
What is a good Distribution of Linux for noobs with the above requirements? I'm thinking something with a super easy user interface that will hopefully run a bit faster than the native sluggish Windows XP it came with.
My gaming rig to download and use as launch platform.
I have multiple displays to test and work with it on.
I've got a Patriot XT 32GB usb stick, so I think I'm ready to go! Specs below. She's old but I think she'll do.
Let me know if i'm missing anything!
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 3/23/2010 3:40:13 PM
Boot Mode: BIOS (Secure Boot not supported)
Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion dv1000 (EC144UA#ABA) Rev 1
Enclosure Type: Notebook
1.40 gigahertz Intel Celeron M
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Main Circuit Board b
Board: Quanta 308F 46.11
Bus Clock: 400 megahertz
BIOS: Hewlett-Packard F.07 06/06/2005
80.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
61.86 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-L532M [Optical drive]
TOSHIBA MK8025GAS [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 65HN3057S, rev KA024A, SMART Status: Healthy
Memory Modules c,d
2040 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Slot 'DIMM 1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM 2' has 1024 MB
Local Drive Volumes
c: (NTFS on drive 0) 80.02 GB 61.86 GB free
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family Display adapterFNI LCD TV [Monitor]
NEC [Monitor] (July 2001)
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2659
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265A
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265B
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C
Conexant AC-Link Audio
Virus Protection [Back to Top]
avast! Antivirus Version 5.0.83886625
Virus Definitions Version Up To Date
Realtime File Scanning On
AC97 Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
1394 Net Adapter
↑ Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
↓ Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
Status: Cable unplugged
Dhcp Server: none responded
Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
Microsoft AC Adapter
Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
Quick Launch Buttons [Keyboard]
Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad [Mouse]
Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller (H)
SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
USB Root Hub (5x)