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#16 Mr. Dee

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 23:58

Leave it with Windows XP and when April 14th, 2014 comes, you make your decision then.


#17 soldier1st

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:49

Linux Mint XFCE might be a good option. I'm toying with linux again but hard to choose which one. Either ubuntu or mint.

#18 guitmz

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 20:09

#!, Look how amazing this sh*t is!! haha

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#19 OP f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 19:03

#!, Look how amazing this sh*t is!! haha

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I just threw #! on my machine (dual boot) with XP. When I get home (lol---and if i remember) I'll throw some screenies up here for everyone. :)

#20 BigBoy

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 19:18

Windows 8.

There, I said it! :woot:

Seriously: http://windows.micro...em-requirements however, this time around, Windows 8 can in fact run comfortably on XP grade hardware (which was not true with Vista, and was a bit of a stretch with Windows 7). I personally have W8 running on XP grade hardware and it rocks it.

Putting aside all of the UI and Start button discussions etc. if you are not actively looking to switch ecosystems, you really do not have to.

#21 OP f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:02

Windows 8.

There, I said it! :woot:

Seriously: http://windows.micro...em-requirements however, this time around, Windows 8 can in fact run comfortably on XP grade hardware (which was not true with Vista, and was a bit of a stretch with Windows 7). I personally have W8 running on XP grade hardware and it rocks it.

Putting aside all of the UI and Start button discussions etc. if you are not actively looking to switch ecosystems, you really do not have to.


There isn't any drivers for my motherboad--I've found them for 2k and XP. I also don't think an (64MB, I think) MX200 can handle that. ;)

#22 thechronic

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:14

Windows XP is a great operating system but try Linux anyway because there are lots of great applications!

#23 OP f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 14:29

Well guys, I tried #! and I don't think It's my cup of tea. :(

Next month I should be getting some more (newer) old parts from him:

- AM2 Mobo (No Overclocking or virtulization on it, unfortunatly)
- Dual core 64 bit athlon @ 2 GHz
- 2 GB DDR2 ram

I'll use my 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA 250 that I just replaced with my 550TI and I also finally found a 120 GB SATA drive. I'll probobly throw Kubuntu 12.10 or maybe even Mint on it who knows--anything but vanilla Ubuntu. I'll probobly have to get a few 120mm and 140mm fans, but those are pretty cheap.

As for the current one we're talking about, I'll keep XP on it until next month. Then it'll go to hardware heaven and chill with my G4 PowerMac and my 500MHz Slot A. :p

#24 Mindovermaster

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 18:15

Well guys, I tried #! and I don't think It's my cup of tea. :(


Take it with a pinch of salt!

but, seriously, you could always try Xubuntu. (Ubuntu with XFCE)

#25 OP f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:24

Take it with a pinch of salt!

but, seriously, you could always try Xubuntu. (Ubuntu with XFCE)


I'm thinking about trying Linux Lite. http://distrowatch.c...stribution=lite

#26 guitmz

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:35

Well guys, I tried #! and I don't think It's my cup of tea. :(

Next month I should be getting some more (newer) old parts from him:

- AM2 Mobo (No Overclocking or virtulization on it, unfortunatly)
- Dual core 64 bit athlon @ 2 GHz
- 2 GB DDR2 ram

I'll use my 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA 250 that I just replaced with my 550TI and I also finally found a 120 GB SATA drive. I'll probobly throw Kubuntu 12.10 or maybe even Mint on it who knows--anything but vanilla Ubuntu. I'll probobly have to get a few 120mm and 140mm fans, but those are pretty cheap.

As for the current one we're talking about, I'll keep XP on it until next month. Then it'll go to hardware heaven and chill with my G4 PowerMac and my 500MHz Slot A. :p


what happened with #!? :(

you do have a lot of options.. archbang is also good, there are others xfce arch based as well.. this linux lite seems great by looking at it!

#27 OP f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:43

what happened with #!? :(


I installed my graphics driver and it positioned the left half of my screen in the center. I googled and probably spent 2 hours on it, so I just said Eff it. Good thing I installed it on a spare 40 instead of wiping my XP.

#28 guitmz

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:10

hmmm thats odd! as it runs debian, this may happen on other debian based distro as well...

#29 Javik

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:24

The hardware you have should be good enough for you not to need an ultra light Linux distribution, at a push you could even run Windows 7 on it with a low end DX9 card, I've seen 7 on Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ machines (similar performance to this machine) and they handle it fine. Windows 8 however will not be a possibility, the Athlon XP processors do not support NX or SSE2

#30 redvamp128

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:49

I installed my graphics driver and it positioned the left half of my screen in the center. I googled and probably spent 2 hours on it, so I just said Eff it. Good thing I installed it on a spare 40 instead of wiping my XP.

I still say you should dual boot- possibly use the puppy.exe install that way it installs similar to the wubi install. Where it becomes a compressed image inside a folder and keeps the WinXP boot loader.