Old Laptop; Scrub Win2000; install Linux????

By gtmedley ·
I have an old Dell Lattitude with Win2000 that is slow and rickety. It has been replaced, but I was wondering if it would be possible to totally remove Win20000 OS and replace with Linux for web browsing and OpenOffice? Just curious. I am not a techie. Is there a easy way to do this? Thank you.

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How to install Ubuntu Linux....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Old Laptop; Scrub Win2000 ...
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Thanks, but....

by gtmedley In reply to How to install Ubuntu Lin ...


I'd like to make this a 100 percent Linux machine without any Windows components. Can I scrub the HD and start from scratch with Linux? Installing Linux appears to be the easy part -- ridding the machine of Windows is the hard part. Or perhaps I don't have to do this. Thanks, Gary

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Ok, you will need this "Killdisk"....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Thanks, but....

This will take up to four hours to do, so do it overnight.
Killdisk here:
Select this version:
Download Bootable ISO Image of Active@ KillDisk to burn CD.

This will get rid of your operating system completely so that you can start a fresh.
Hope all goes well.

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Ubuntu will reformat

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Thanks, but....

the drive to whatever the default Linux file system is. No Windows will remain.

Boot from it, run it as a Live CD first to see if it finds and can utilize your hardware. If it does, there will be a shortcut on the desktop that says 'Install Ubuntu'. If you install, it will reformat leaving no traces of Windows before it installs.

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Two things to do first.!!!!!!

by Slayer_ In reply to Old Laptop; Scrub Win2000 ...

What is the system specs of your Laptop, Many Nix's, especially Ubuntu have steeper system requirements especially compared to Windows 2000. Your laptop may not have the power for it. (It will work, it just wont be pleasent)

Also, your hardware may be incompatible. You should run a LiveCD of whichever distro you want to try on your laptop before nuking Windows. You may find that your Nix distro will not work with your current hardware. Which is a common problem for dell laptops (or so I read here).

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Good idea...

by gtmedley In reply to Two things to do first.!! ...

The machine is a Del Latitude CSx H500XT

66 megahertz clock speed. A whopping 6 GB HD. Impressive, eh?


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You MIGHT be able to load DSL linux

by Slayer_ In reply to Good idea...

Otherwise might I suggest Windows 95? lol

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What is the limitation?

by gtmedley In reply to You MIGHT be able to load ...

Hard drive size? Chip speed? Memory? What if I dropped in a 40 or 80 GB new hard drive for $50. Would that change the equation?

With a fresh HD, could I install Linux directly onto the new HD?

As you can tell, I'm not a techie. :) Thanks for your help.

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66mhz is your limitation

by Slayer_ In reply to What is the limitation?

66mhz is the minimum for Windows 98, and will happily run windows 95, you need AT LEAST 300mhz to run Ubuntu at any usable speed, and Id say at least 600mhz if you want to do anything more than look at the desktop background.

Unless you got your CPU speed incorrect.

I decided to look it up for you.
System Type: Laptops
Manufacturer: Dell
Model Name: Latitude CSx H500XT
Bus Type:
HD Bus Type:
CPU: 500MHz Intel Pentium III
Standard Memory: 64 MB (non-removable)
Max Memory: 320 MB
Number of Sockets: 1 socket
Native OS:
Is what the internet says about your laptop.
I do not recommend Ubuntu for this system, DSL Nix would be a better choice, or ask around other Nix gurus here for lighter distrobutions. I was Told Mandriva Spring 2008 was a good distro for aged computers. I was going to try it on my oldie, but then my oldie went nuclear.

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DSL would work

by Jacky Howe In reply to 66mhz is your limitation

Damn Small Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution.

Damn Small is small enough and smart enough to do the following things:
Boot from a business card CD as a live linux distribution (LiveCD)
Boot from a USB pen drive
Boot from within a host operating system (that's right, it can run *inside* Windows)
Run very nicely from an IDE Compact Flash drive via a method we call "frugal install"
Transform into a Debian OS with a traditional hard drive install
Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram
Run fully in RAM with as little as 128MB (you will be amazed at how fast your computer can be!)
Modularly grow -- DSL is highly extendable without the need to customize

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