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Recommendation - SOLVED
« on: March 19, 2020, 09:15:12 am »
My wife uses a vintage Dell 6000.
XP, 80 G hard drive, 2 G RAM, i686 CPU.
The OS goes down once a year and I reinstall everything.
What Peppermint would work in this unit.  Seven?
I'm currently running Seven over a Win 10, and am very happy with that.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 06:47:13 pm by Piraya »

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2020, 09:19:01 am »
On my Dell laptops, I'm currently running PM7, PM9, and PM10.

They're all working great!   ;)






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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2020, 09:27:06 am »
I have Seven on a multiboot.  I just loaded it to test it and got the dread -
“This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU”
Damn.
This unit was dual booted with Peppermint Six several years ago, but was not reinstalled.
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OK, I bet I downed the 64 bit for my Win 10 unit and kept it on the multiboot.
Downing the version for 32 bit now.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2020, 09:47:25 am by Piraya »

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2020, 02:44:40 pm »
Hi Piraya, I'll bet you're right.
What was I thinking?

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2020, 08:53:43 am »
I installed Peppermint Seven as dual boot with XP.
(Yes, the XP OS that I must have reinstalled 6 times last year)
Worked fine for a few days, then neither system would launch.
Ran DBAN, reinstalled Peppermint Seven as the lone system.
Works fine, but every now and then the taskbar and whiskermenu disappear.
Each time, I have had to resort to a hard shutown, which I don't like doing.
Is there any thing that might be causing this?
Aside from aging hardware.  Yes, this is a an old lap.
Thank you.

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2020, 08:58:30 am »
Probably lack of RAM, at a guess.

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2020, 09:27:21 am »
I replaced both RAM cards a couple months ago.
A whopping 2 GB.
She just uses this to surf, email, download and listen to podcasts.
In a pinch, I can run Puppy, but Peppermint is more familiar and fairly effortless.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 06:39:43 pm by Piraya »

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2020, 11:46:52 am »
Next time it does that, check the monitor resolution. Maybe something is changing it?
What was I thinking?

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2020, 02:19:36 pm »
Works fine, but every now and then the taskbar and whiskermenu disappear.
Each time, I have had to resort to a hard shutown, which I don't like doing.
Hi Piraya,

Unfortunately, I do not know what might be the cause of your issue. However:

As long as the mouse & keyboard still work you normally do not need to perfom a hard shutdown. For example, you can try the keyboard shortcut that opens the whiskermenu and proceed from there. If that does not work then try the keyboard shortcut for opening a terminal window where you can (depending on what you want to do) enter:

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rebootor

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poweroffAnother thing that you can try: press the keys Control + Alt + SysRq (holding them all pressed together) and then pressing the following keys (holding each for about 2-3 sec with a 2-3 sec pause after releasing each key): R E I S U O
This is much safer than a hard shutdown.  ;)

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2020, 07:29:12 am »
Thank you, Mr Slim.  I wrote down your instructions.
I'll try to run her computer over the weekend, see if it fails on me.
If so, I'll launch Whiskermenu, run Terminal, or Cntl+Alt+SysR with R E I S U O.
Appreciate your assistance.

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2020, 08:22:08 am »
Hi Piraya,

You are most welcome. I hope that one of these methods will work for you. Let us know.  ;) :)

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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2020, 08:31:59 am »
Also, If you just want the machine to reboot... run Terminal, or Cntl+Alt+SysR with R E I S U B

 ;)

Remembering that on some keyboards SysR is also PRT SC for Print Screen

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« Last Edit: April 03, 2020, 08:34:34 am by spence »
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Re: Recommendation
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2020, 06:36:52 pm »
Mmm, rats.
So I did get the machine to crash for me, meaning I noticed the menu disappear.
And none of the solutions worked.  Neither the Terminal icon nor Cntl-T pulled up terminal.
Cntl+Alt+Del.  Cntl+Alt+SysR.  Neither worked.
Sometimes it would run fine for hours.  Days without a mishap.
Still shutdowns returned with greater frequency.
My suspicion was that her computer (a 15 year old laptop) was end of life.
I installed a small Debian OS (Slax) on a flash for my wife to use as backup.
That is now her OS.  The HDD has not successfully booted in over a month.
Many things could be the fault, but the keyboard, screen and RAM work in conjunction with the flash, and I am reluctant to hurl money at such an old unit.
Peppermint was a better system, and has a more helpful forum.
One way or another, my problem is now "solved."
Thanks, guys.

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Re: Recommendation - SOLVED
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2020, 04:43:26 am »
i have a system around the same age except it has 1gb ram, peppermint 10 ran fine on it until i opened firefox and it just said nope. maybe a lighter browser like midori might help but wouldnt expect it run great at all unless you start shutting down services which may affect peppermints ease of use.

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Re: Recommendation - SOLVED
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2020, 06:43:01 am »
It's always risky trying to diagnose a fault at a distance but it sounds like the hard disc has died. Replacing it, assuming your Dell is something like this one https://www.pcworld.com/article/120201/article.html shouldn't be too difficult and a 120 gigabyte solid-state drive wouldn't be expensive, assuming you need a SATA drive rather than the older IDE. Add to that as much memory as the machine can support and you'll be amazed how well it works running Peppermint 10