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Asked by Anthony Percy

I have an oldish laptop which came with Windows XP, when i used automatic updates I've always ended up having problems, so i have ended up having to restore my comp to it's original settings. I have tried all sorts windows versions, Vista which is bloated & slow. My laptop specs are, is my laptop suitable for Ubuntu.

Acer TravelMate 4100WLMi
Processor Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.50GHz
Videocard Name: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
Installed Memory: 2,038.12 MB
Cache Level I: 64 KB
Cache Level II: 2,048 KB
Copyright: HPQOEM - 6040000
Size: 7,808 KB
Video Adapter Name: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
Video Memory: 7.69 MB

I don't know if this is helpful or not, but is it possible for me to run/install Unbuntu on my comp.


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inashdeen (inashdeen) said :

hm...i believe most of the hardware are readily having drivers in ubuntu. a rough survey on the net shows that there is no problem with ubuntu on your comp. but here is a few things. if you planning to install ubuntu as your only system, there is no problem because you can install n uninstall ubuntu easily. but if you r dual booting,with xp that is ,do it carefully cause once you have a ubuntu, you must always have a linux. try ubuntu!!!! it is great,faster than windows and the effect is great, if you know how to edit it. but mind me, using ubuntu is not as user friendly as windows, as you need to reset your mind on many new things, but it is simply adventorous for the newbies! i believe you still need to upgrade your ram though,for better performance.

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Marc Stewart (marc.stewart) said :

I've got Ubuntu running on a similar laptop (less memory actually—your 2GB is plenty) just fine. And an even older 700MHz laptop with just 384MB of RAM can play H.264-encoded videos in Xubuntu. There's absolutely no way it'd have been able to do that with the original Windows 98!

The most definitive test, however, would be to boot from a live CD. If that runs, then an installation should work too. And an installation running from the hard drive will be far quicker than the live system, which has to read everything from a much slower drive.

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