Trying to boot for installation

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Mon Apr 8 22:53:09 UTC 2013

On 04/08/2013 05:07 PM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 8 April 2013 22:02, Felix Miata <mrmazda at> wrote:
>> On 2013-04-08 16:20 (GMT-0400) George Reinhart composed:
>>>> Anyway, no, neither memory speed nor bus speed are the info we are
>>>> asking for, which is *CPU* speed. If you type your asset tag number
>>>> into the form at it should tell you the full
>>>> specification of your PC.
>> IOW, plug that seven character "number" into a Dell Support web page and you
>> and subsequently we will have access to all its specs.
>>> I'm looking at that on the setup screen right now, and all it says is
>>> (and I quote) "CPU Speed....NORMAL".  Which didn't seem like it would be
>>> much help.
>>>> You have also not specified what model of CPU it has, nor what you
>>>> mean by "plenty of disk space". This would be useful info.
>>> Don't if this is the CPU model, but "processor ID" is F27.
>> I think that will turn out to be a Northwood P4. The old GX260 I test with
>> reports 2.4GHZ F29 on 533 bus.
>>> Drive model WDC WD200BB-75CAA0
>>> Capacity 20000MB.  (And at the moment it's completely empty.)
>> 20GB PATA, adequate for basic PC functions, but not moving video stuff. Dell
>> sold a lot of Optiplex GX240 and GX260 using those to businesses.
>> Based on the F27 and the 20GB HD size, I'm afraid you shouldn't expect much
>> from that DHP. With 1GB installed, it's probably fully populated using DDR
>> RAM rather than slower PC133. It's only going to be about 3 or so years
>> newer than the antique GX1. If it has a separate video card instead of
>> onboard Intel video (probably 845G if it has; probably Radeon 7000 or 7500
>> if not) you can expect somewhat better, but not anything anyone hardware
>> savvy would pay $5 to get.
> I agree.
> George, if you can afford it, seriously, tou could get a much better
> PC for well under US$200 (or equivalent) in much of the world.
Liam, those old IBM Thinkpads we discussed on the OT bikeshed forum??
I installed zevenOS to it (an aging r32), which is another Ubuntu distro 
and after reducing the video, as you thoughtfully supplied, I can watch 
youtube videos and DVD's on it. It ain't pretty, but it suits my roving 
needs for computing, which are not heavy. I loathe that little joy stick 
it has for a mouse though. But, the point it, olde school Linux can 
extend the life of old iron, it's just not fashionable nowadays. It has 
the standard 640 megs of ram, which is about to be upgraded to a full 
gig of ram. Whoopie! So, it can be done and zevenOS uses XFCE, so it 
doesn't look too crude. Ric
note you want the download icon to the left, for 32bit machines, NOT the 
Neptune version for KDE and 64 bit. <shudders> Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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