canthearu wrote on 2021-06-21, 09:18:
Just for giggles, I pulled out an old SFF Compaq with 1gig ram, 2.4ghz P4 and ATI Radeon 9550. Installing the operating system ( […]
Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-06-17, 23:15:
Got the Shuttle Xpc sorted. About a minute and a half to boot to the desk which is Cinnamon on Linux Mint Debian Edition. If you look at the system info shot below you'll see how much resources this little beauty has. So if someone says Xwindows is slow or there is no modern operating system for older 32-bit x86 hardware that is regularly updated tell them to go pound sand 😉
I'll create a dedicated thread some time to explain the small issue I had a some time.
Just for giggles, I pulled out an old SFF Compaq with 1gig ram, 2.4ghz P4 and ATI Radeon 9550. Installing the operating system (LMDE) went ok, and I'll admit, it wasn't really slow when it first booted.
But loading firefox and going to a website caused it to slow to a bloody crawl. Youtube is completely out of the question.
I also tried playing a video on it, old SD DIVx file. It worked ok at standard size, but started chugging once expanded to full screen. I'm going to try VLC, see if it will perform better than the default media player.
The P4 is obviously not the best PC to be running a modern linux distribution. If I were a patient person, then I suppose I could use it to do some basic office style work. But I'm far too spoiled by actual fast hardware and the capabilities and snappy performance to even put myself through "trying to do work on really old PCs" again. I tolerated it while I was young because I couldn't afford any better, but always pushed for more performance.
P4s were in production for 10 years- https://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium_4/index.html And there were numerous variants- https://www.cpu-world.com/info/Intel/Intel_Pentium_4.html
I can assure you all of them play YouTube videos with out any issues at at all. All they are the one core 2 thread versions. I use this one , 3.2Ghz ,to view real time footage from our security cameras. And edit the local law enforcement, aka Police, are interested.
Thank you for confirming Linux loads fast and is easy to install
LMDE is not the operating system. It's the pretty bit which sits on top of Xwindows, which sits on top of the drivers and kernal. Gnome, KDE, XFCE4, MATE, Cinnamon are also pretty bits. I generally ignor Gnome and KDE because of their extra overhead with respect to system resources. Linux can be installed as a cli only operating system . This is great for servers. It doesn't need the pretty bits at all to function, unlike MickySolft Windows 10
I tested two more distros:
The first was BunsenLabs Lithium which is quite a small initial install that can be built on using repositories, including Debian repositories. - https://www.bunsenlabs.org/
The second was 32-bit Devuan BeoWolf 3.1 . This is a Debian derivative that uses sysinit instead of systemd- https://www.devuan.org/
Both of the above distros ,using Firefox-esr ,ran YouTube videos just fine.Like this one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzIS_q4yS88 I'm trying to recover data from my brothers one...
And all of these distros are current and updated on a regular basis and function as they should on all of my P4 HT systems, 2.8GHz, 3GHz and 3.2GHz.
Take care now 😀
Edit: Shivers I forgot to mention the my 1.6Ghz Atom based EeePC does as well. I'm quite forgetful these days, being 60 plus en all...
There's a glitch in the matrix.
A founding member of the 286 appreciation society.
Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉