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zarg

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jun 2013, 08:51    Post_subject:  My $45 olllllld laptop screaming on Precise puppy
Sub_title: Compaq 2100 comes back to life running Precise 5.6.1
 

My wife picked up an old Compaq 2108US laptop for 5 bucks at ayard sale:
AMD 2800XP Barton core
512mB RAM
No charger
Bad HDD

I picked up a 40 GIG HDD on EBAY for 25
I picked up a Duracell universal charger on EBAY for 15

After fiddling with PeppermintOS3(attempt at playing youtube vid crashed laptop) I downloaded Precise Puppy 5.6.1 and ran it; everything worked great Very Happy So as i want to just use this old laptop to do wordprocessing and browsing I used Gparted to set up the HDD and did a full install, grapped the quickpet pet file and used it to install the firewall monitor the added noscript and Ad-Block to seamonkey.

Streaming video from youtube is works as well as my other PC's which are a P4 2.8 GHZ running MINT 14 and a dual cor athlon 64 running Windows 7.


It is a real achievment to develop something like Puppy that can allow old hardware to perform many task at a level that approaches the performance of much newer hardware.
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jun 2013, 23:53    Post_subject:  

zarg:

Welcome to Puppy mate.

Great that you had a great first result with Pup.

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Jun 2013, 23:03    Post_subject: Re: My $45 olllllld laptop screaming on Precise puppy
Sub_title: Compaq 2100 comes back to life running Precise 5.6.1
 

zarg wrote:
My wife picked up an old Compaq 2108US laptop for 5 bucks at ayard sale:
AMD 2800XP Barton core
512mB RAM
No charger
Bad HDD

I picked up a 40 GIG HDD on EBAY for 25
I picked up a Duracell universal charger on EBAY for 15

After fiddling with PeppermintOS3(attempt at playing youtube vid crashed laptop) I downloaded Precise Puppy 5.6.1 and ran it; everything worked great Very Happy So as i want to just use this old laptop to do wordprocessing and browsing I used Gparted to set up the HDD and did a full install, grapped the quickpet pet file and used it to install the firewall monitor the added noscript and Ad-Block to seamonkey.

Streaming video from youtube is works as well as my other PC's which are a P4 2.8 GHZ running MINT 14 and a dual cor athlon 64 running Windows 7.


It is a real achievment to develop something like Puppy that can allow old hardware to perform many task at a level that approaches the performance of much newer hardware.


I have a Compaq Presario 2195us that my wife uses for WinXP. It runs OK, but it's 10 years old. I've thought about replacing it for something newer. It's good to know that Precise works on it. Does the wireless card work on yours? I have a Broadcom 4306 wireless. It did not work out of the box with Lucid 5.2.8. I did not want to use NDIS wrapper. I know there was a way to get it working, but I'm not sophisticated enough to figure it out. I purchased an Intel 2200abg?? card, but it didn't seem to work well and also had problems with WinXP.

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 07:17    Post_subject:  presario and precise  

Precise id's the broadcom card and frisbee will set it up but i have to turn off WPA on my router to connect cause the card cant play with the encryption. I ordered a wireless N usb adapter for $5 and it should get in tomorrow so i'll let you know how that goes. the only issue I have had with precise is the menu's sometimes act a little "jerky" but it doe not inhibit thier function.
I am switching my dell P4 over to precise and intend to install XBMC and use it as a media center(it was running XP and then MINT but I have had issues with both so Puppy gets a shot. I got an app for my android tablet that will allow me to access the P4 and pull media from it over the internet effectively expanding the storage of the tablet (my inner geek jumps with glee Razz

My experience with Puppy so far has been that with a little research and effort you get a stable, fast OS that you can confgure to meet your needs. Most of my computers are either yard sale finds or literally have been rescued from the trash pile Laughing so Puppy is a lifesaver and a lot more user friendly than Knoppix.
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 12:03    Post_subject: Re: presario and precise  

zarg wrote:
Precise id's the broadcom card and frisbee will set it up but i have to turn off WPA on my router to connect cause the card cant play with the encryption. I ordered a wireless N usb adapter for $5 and it should get in tomorrow so i'll let you know how that goes. the only issue I have had with precise is the menu's sometimes act a little "jerky" but it doe not inhibit thier function.
I am switching my dell P4 over to precise and intend to install XBMC and use it as a media center(it was running XP and then MINT but I have had issues with both so Puppy gets a shot. I got an app for my android tablet that will allow me to access the P4 and pull media from it over the internet effectively expanding the storage of the tablet (my inner geek jumps with glee Razz

My experience with Puppy so far has been that with a little research and effort you get a stable, fast OS that you can confgure to meet your needs. Most of my computers are either yard sale finds or literally have been rescued from the trash pile Laughing so Puppy is a lifesaver and a lot more user friendly than Knoppix.


What usb n adapter did you purchase? That is my other option to purchase a usb adapter. I have one that works well with puppy, but it's only g, not n.

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 14:14    Post_subject: presario precise puppy
Sub_title: 2100 series compaq ans precise 5.6.1
 

I brought a Realtek RTL8188cus USB 150M 150Mbps 802.11b/g/n n Wireless WiFi adapter dongle on EBAY for $4.67 (pricey eh? Razz ) so I will see if it works, it should arrive tomorrow so if the wife doesn't kill me for messing with the other computer and my fire hd today I'l check out the wireless tomorrow. I going to try to get slashtop for ubuntu to run on Puppy Today so I can access my media center PC with the fire hd Laughing Wireless g was working fine for me too but the area where the usb ports are on the 2108 US are right next to the power input so the larger G adapter was putting pressure on the connection,; hence the decision to get a tiny USB adapter.

have you installed Precise on your laptop yet? Are you happy with the results?
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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 14:35    Post_subject:  

I have a Presario 2135-US that I run Phat-slacko on since it was released. Finds all of my hardware and also links to my network without issues. This 32bit Puppy distro does all of the same stuff right out of the box (OOTB) that the Windows XP did, except its "faster and constant".

Hope this is useful to anyone else with a Compac 2100 series.

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 17:01    Post_subject:  

gcmartin wrote:
I have a Presario 2135-US that I run Phat-slacko on since it was released. Finds all of my hardware and also links to my network without issues. This 32bit Puppy distro does all of the same stuff right out of the box (OOTB) that the Windows XP did, except its "faster and constant".

Hope this is useful to anyone else with a Compac 2100 series.

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Does it have a Broadcom wireless card? Thanks for the tip. I'll look up Phat-slacko.

My Presario is about 10 years old, and it runs XP somewhat OK, but struggles at times. I have a dual monitor setup with it. It's lasted longer than I thought it would. I've thought about getting rid of it, but if I can get it running decently well with Puppy, I may hang on to it.

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Jun 2013, 21:09    Post_subject: Re: My $45 olllllld laptop screaming on Precise puppy
Sub_title: Compaq 2100 comes back to life running Precise 5.6.1
 

zarg wrote:
My wife picked up an old Compaq 2108US laptop for 5 bucks at ayard sale:
AMD 2800XP Barton core
512mB RAM
No charger
Bad HDD

I picked up a 40 GIG HDD on EBAY for 25
I picked up a Duracell universal charger on EBAY for 15

After fiddling with PeppermintOS3(attempt at playing youtube vid crashed laptop) I downloaded Precise Puppy 5.6.1 and ran it; everything worked great Very Happy So as i want to just use this old laptop to do wordprocessing and browsing I used Gparted to set up the HDD and did a full install, grapped the quickpet pet file and used it to install the firewall monitor the added noscript and Ad-Block to seamonkey.

Streaming video from youtube is works as well as my other PC's which are a P4 2.8 GHZ running MINT 14 and a dual cor athlon 64 running Windows 7.


It is a real achievment to develop something like Puppy that can allow old hardware to perform many task at a level that approaches the performance of much newer hardware.


40 GB HDD, and 512MB RAM, and an AMD 2800XP... I still can't wrap my head around how that's supposed to be old Confused

Then again, I'm thinking in terms of Puppy. Puppy will do more than just word processing and browsing on that thing, It's Puppy, it's what it does Cool

If you are a programmer, try dabbling into some coding on the box, or perhaps some other possibly heavy-ish work you may want, you'd be surprised what those old boxes are capable of when in the right hands.
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Jun 2013, 11:34    Post_subject: Very Cool  

Very cool, Zarg. I've installed Puppy on many old P-4's with great results. Most are desktops. I did put Puppy on 2 laptops, an old Sony Viao and a Dell Inspiron 5100 with 256M of memory, and everything worked on both of them. I'm a big believer in keeping hardware in use as long as it does something somebody wants. It's fun to figure out how to make a cool machine on a shoestring budget.
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Jun 2013, 09:35    Post_subject:  realtek 8188CUS has me cussing  

argh Evil or Very Mad Realtek 8188CUS wireles N adapter does not play well. Uses 8192CU driver so I will have to: Gulp! Shocked attempt my first compiling of a driver. Will try it this weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Jun 2013, 09:38    Post_subject:  

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Very cool, Zarg. I've installed Puppy on many old P-4's with great results. Most are desktops. I did put Puppy on 2 laptops, an old Sony Viao and a Dell Inspiron 5100 with 256M of memory, and everything worked on both of them. I'm a big believer in keeping hardware in use as long as it does something somebody wants. It's fun to figure out how to make a cool machine on a shoestring budget.

I wound up having to go to Ubuntu 12.04 to get XBMC and Splashtop2 to work. Rolling Eyes So for now puppy has been evicted from the P4 but is playing happily on the compaq other than the realtek issue i noted in my prior post.
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Jun 2013, 19:31    Post_subject: Re: My $45 olllllld laptop screaming on Precise puppy
Sub_title: Compaq 2100 comes back to life running Precise 5.6.1
 

NeroVance wrote:
40 GB HDD, and 512MB RAM, and an AMD 2800XP... I still can't wrap my head around how that's supposed to be old Confused


I know what you mean (although I have a couple machines in that class, I don't consider them to be "old"). Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jun 2013, 07:14    Post_subject:  old? presario  

O.K. not really old, but as fast as hardware changes most folks just get rid of thier "old" hardware when something happens that slows it dow or a component fails. I like getting castoff PC's at yard sales and putting them to use or fixing them and donate them to a charity. Puppy is a real help in this regard as it does a great job of finding configurations and setting up such machines.
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jun 2013, 14:41    Post_subject:  

I have an old Dell laptop, which has 6 gb HD, P3 @ 256 Mhz and 256 meg RAM. Won't run Win XP, but will run the older Pups like the 4X series well. Unfortunately it is USB 1 and won't run @ USB 2 speeds, so I haven't used it in about 2 years
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