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I am tuning up a laptop for a friend. The laptop originally ran Windows ME, and is about 13 years old. I recently installed Windows XP on it and it ran like a snail. I am now trying to install 32-bit Ubuntu or 32-bit Zorin OS Lite on it. XP installed fine, but Ubuntu and Zorin both become unresponsive after the option to begin the install directly (without going into the live CD). I even tried deleting the XP partition to leave it with 300 GB unpartitioned, unformatted space. Noting works, please help?

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Good grief, Windows ME? Does it meet the minimum system requirements‌​? – Alaa Ali Aug 14 '13 at 23:19
Echo that. You might need to find a lighter Linux distribution. 13 years is like 130 in computer time. – Stabledog Aug 14 '13 at 23:44
13 years old, laptop, and with 300GB of HDD?! – Braiam Aug 15 '13 at 0:02
@Alaa I should've realized that. It needs a RAM upgrade. I will try the install again when I get the new RAM. Thanks! – Wyatt Aug 15 '13 at 0:30

I have a 2001 Toshiba Laptop with 30GB HD, and 512GB RAM, that I installed XP on for my six year old, and he was always complaining how slow it is.

What I did, is upgrade the RAM to 1GB, tried Xubuntu 13.04 first, and it was faster than XP, but then I decided to use Lubuntu, so I loaded Lubuntu 13.04 on it, and it was even a little faster that Xubuntu. Now I can't keep him away from it.

So my suggestion, is add the extra RAM, and load Lubuntu. Hope that helps.

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Try running Lucid Puppy off a USB drive. This is what I usually do when trying to recover an old system, because of how lightweight it is.

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