Linux on an old laptop

Started 7 months ago | Discussions thread
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
Henry Richardson
Forum ProPosts: 12,802
Like?
Linux on an old laptop
7 months ago

I have an old Gateway MX8711 laptop (Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2060, 2gb, 250gb hd, 17.1" screen).  Here are the specs (I have a 250gb hd instead of the 100gb in the original specs):

http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/2007/SonicC/1014139R/1014139Rsp2.shtml

Note that it says the maximum supported ram is 2gb.  Does anyone know if that is a hardware limitation or is it just a limit on the version of Windows that used to be on it?  In other words, if I put Linux on this laptop can I also change the ram so that it will have 4gb?  I assume I would need a 64-bit Linux?  I am thinking about using the current Linux Mint.

A few years ago I played around a bit with Linux Mint 8 and it seemed pretty good.  I still have the Mint 8 CD I made.  Any compelling reason to not just use it rather than the current Mint 16?  Maybe Mint 16 is bigger and uses more resources?

Thanks for your help.

-- hide signature --

Henry Richardson
http://www.bakubo.com

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
Post (hide subjects)Posted by
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark post MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow