450 MHz, 512 MB RAM

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at gmail.com
Fri Apr 5 09:03:26 UTC 2013

I have an old Compaq presario desktop with (I think) a 400 MHz CPU and
512 MB RAM and Rage graphics. It runs quite well with *Knoppix* (better
than Puppy).

I agree, you need more 'horsepower' for music studio applications.


On 2013-04-04 21:25, Aere Greenway wrote:
> On 04/04/2013 12:02 PM, Phill Whiteside wrote:
>> I'm sure that some one, some where would be happy to receive your old
>> machine. The other options to look at would be something like DSL,
>> Puppy (if it still going), Xenix  etc. 
>> Regards,
>> Phill.
> Phill:
> Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll keep them in mind. 
> I think the more minimal Linux distributions would be a problem for me,
> where I do MIDI music, and I /do/ need to use Java. 
> Fluidsynth (Qsynth) /barely/ ran on that machine anyway.  But with a
> Soundblaster card, it worked fine.  The Soundblaster 'Live!' card in it
> is probably more valuable than the machine itself, and I can use the
> disk drives. 
> The Java Sound Synthesizer also barely ran on it, but interestingly,
> only on the Ubuntu-Studio system (which uses the low-latency kernel). 
> It doesn't seem to work on Lubuntu, which may be a problem with
> non-standard installation of PulseAudio (which is required for the Java
> Sound Synthesizer). 
> Also, for some reason, on Lubuntu, the pulse-audio control (pavucontrol)
> reports two internal audio cards (rather than an internal audio card
> /and/ the Soundblaster 'Live!' card.  I had to use trial-and-error to
> determine which was which.  That's not something I would want to inflict
> on a user. 
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Aere

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