Just figured I would pop in and say hello. I am a complete fool when it comes to Linux. I decided on Crunchbang a couple of months ago for this old laptop I found. I needed something super lightweight and didn't look like a pile of garbage.
Anyway, I have a couple questions. First off system specs:
IBM Thinkpad T42
Pentium M 1.7GHz
I love the keyboard on this. Easily one of the best laptop keyboards ever made. That is why I am keeping it mainly for work emails.
Like I said, I downloaded CB a while back now. My current kernel version is 2.6.32-5-686. When I downloaded this, I don't remember there being a version for "older" pc's like there is now. Am I correct in thinking this? If so, should I update this version, or should I download and install the "older" pc version?
Next... I have a Rosewill USB wireless network card for this laptop, as it doesn't have built in wireless. Right now I have a problem with the connection just stopping after a couple minutes of use. Is there any reason why it would do this? And do you think an update to the kernel might fix this?
I appreciate what you guys are doing. I love the look and feel of CrunchBang. Plus, it works on this old POS. You guys should develop a Raspberry PI distro!
Welcome to Club#!, zild1221!
I'd second the recommendation for Waldorf; furthermore, I think the non-PAE kernel in the version "for older PCs" would be best for your hardware. The 686 PAE kernel has a history of balking at certain versions of the Celeron M processor, even though it should theoretically be supported.
The kernel in Waldorf/Wheezy (3.2.0) is practically a speed demon compared to the (non-backported) kernel in Statler/Squeeze. I think you'll be impressed.
Welcome, mate. The T42 was a great laptop, I had one as well but with 1GB ram I think, or was it 512MB? Anyways, good sturdy piece until the screen developed dead pixels and it only started once in every 4-5 attempts or so.
To refer to your intro: #!= where even fools are welcome (and you would be a fool to use it ). Forgive me, I'm having a cheeky day today .
Welcome zild. I've actually got a T41 with the 1.6 GHz CPU and 1 GB RAM. I've been running Statler for about 6 months now and just got Waldorf's USB persistence working today and have been playing with that for a few hours. My HDD is busted, so persistent USBs are all I have experience with, not sure if that makes much of a difference though.
To me Statler seems a bit snappier than Waldorf. For example, YouTube videos in Iceweasel see stuttering a lot more often than in Statler (which was pretty rare). Also, while I see CPU-related bottlenecking in Statler ocasionally when programs just take a while to open, Waldorf seems a little more prone to that.
Maybe test both of them via bootable USB and see how they feel to you.
Welcome to #!
Welcome aboard, zild1221, from another T42 and T60 user. I seem to remember the T42 having built-in wireless, but perhaps your card isn't working. You might want to do a forum search to see if someone has had the same problem, and if there's a solution availaable, and if not, go ahead and ask the question in the Help and Support section. Good luck!
Thanks for the welcoming. I will create a new thread for the USB wireless issue.
Apparently this is the crappy model of the T42. It came with no wireless card (empty spot there), 256MB RAM, the least powerful GPU setup, and the lowest clocked CPU.
Welcome, zild1221. I hope you get your wireless problems sorted out.
Brand new to CrunchBang, I also have a Thinkpad T42 (1 GB RAM plus wireless) that I plan on installing Waldorf on tonight. zild, any additional wisdom you picked up in the last month?