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#1 2013-03-18 22:09:16

Commander Keen
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Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

sudo lshw

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#2 2013-03-18 22:46:51

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

I think no problem with 512 MB RAM (or 256 MB with few applications) and 10 GB HDD.

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#3 2013-03-18 22:52:05

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

you're Keen arn't  you tongue
i ran #! stable on a old Dell 800mhz laptop - was very happy with it.
^ my 512Mb of ram was a bummer with a few interweb tabs open.

so 2 things;
1, what are your primary uses for these machines? media/web servers? graphics workstations?
2. how much memory. (even so - old memory can be had for not much moolah these days.)

oh yeah, what gfx cards-  old nVidias (in my experience) suck extremely bad

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#4 2013-03-19 00:03:07

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#5 2013-03-19 04:13:45

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

Hi CK, I can't comment on your Intel graphics card I'm afraid, but this, my current main box, is also an old IBM, an IntelliStation M Pro Type 6220. CPU is Intel Pentium 4 2.80GHz, RAM is 500MB, and it's perfectly usable with #! Statler if you don't open a whole lot of YouTube or GooglePlus tabs in Iceweasel.

I'd guess as long as your graphics controller works out OK those boxes would be fine to use with Crunchbang. Game playing might be the only system-intensive problem area. 20G of hard disk won't let you store many movies, though you should be able to watch them OK.

btw I've got one of those old nVidia cards (Quadro4 580 XGL) and while it's fine with the nVidia driver now, I'm not sure if the newer kernel on Waldorf will support it any more...
(edit: Sorry, I think it's the new X server, not the kernel, that no longer supports legacy nVidia drivers.)

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#6 2013-03-19 04:18:37

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

I used to play commander keen, I loved that game when I was a kid. I run CB on my netbook, I don't think you will have a problem. I just thought about this, I wonder if commander keen could crossover to linux?

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#7 2013-03-19 05:45:28

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

Sounds like the hardware you have is more than adequate for running CrunchBang well.  As for your "dreaded" graphics chipset...if the developers were able to make Pouslbo play well with Debian, then anything is possible!

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#8 2013-03-19 07:44:38

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

lspci
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#9 2013-03-19 16:18:19

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#10 2013-03-20 01:35:46

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

lspci
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#11 2013-03-20 13:38:58

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

video                  17459  1 i915

I think the live-cd/usb uses the correct video driver. What's about the performance? Test some applications like browser and Youtube.

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#12 2013-03-20 19:27:22

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

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#13 2013-03-20 23:50:31

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

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#14 2013-03-22 01:33:33

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

I just hit a roadblock when trying to install Crunchbang.

Is there a secret to installing this OS?

I tried to install it from the Live DVD but the install froze at the installation menu.

I selected Install and the next thing I saw was a 1" multi-colored bar across the top of the screen and it appeared to be scrolling.

But the install went no further.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

CK


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#15 2013-03-22 05:43:20

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#16 2013-03-22 07:56:10

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

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#17 2013-03-22 11:11:46

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

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#18 2013-03-22 22:51:32

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#19 2013-03-23 09:59:16

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

I had the same problem. Here is a workaround:
- write down the line
- position cursor at the end of the line
- backspace key to remove chars from the end until you reach the vga=
- then fill it up again from what you have written down
hth

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#20 2013-03-23 18:36:12

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#21 2013-03-23 21:12:42

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#22 2013-03-23 23:50:35

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

^ another happy patient carefully treated by the good doctor glasses

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#23 2013-03-24 10:07:16

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Re: Question about installing #! on an old IBM machine?

Glad it helped.  smile

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