[lug] Install 'Linux' on a used (i.e. refurb/cheap) Pentium computer: need help/advice

Paul Condon pecondon1 at gmail.com
Mon May 13 00:01:51 MDT 2013

On 05/12/2013 08:16 PM, mark wrote:
> I have recently installed Debian Wheezy on a laptop older than the
> system you are trying to install on and had no problems.  I would think
> it should install fine.
>   Some if not all Dell Optiplex GX620 have 64 bit processors and you
> should be able to run a 64 bit OS. if you want.  PAE should be no
> problem.
cpu is Pentium 4 HT. I haven't found any clear cut claim that this is 
ia64, but there is a lot of stuff that to me, is greek or maderin. I'm 
downloading an ia64 image/
>> One feature of my situation is that there are a lot of read errors
>> reported on the Alt-F4 screen. and I have no basis for saying that
>> they are significant vs. results of the probing for information about
>> the hardware.
> I think this is a problem.  What device was giving the read errors?

> Errors are while preparing partitions on hard disk.
>>> On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM, Paul Condon<pecondon1 at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>          I have done this type of install before, but a long time
>>>          ago. Now.
>>>          everything I try fails....
> This may be indicating that there is a hardware problem and not that the
> versions of linux you are trying won't run on your hardware correctly.
> Mark
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