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5.9 Std on Old Compaq Desktop
« on: January 01, 2008, 05:04:28 pm »
I have used (and continue to use) Vector Linux 5.8 Std. on a Compaq Armada 1700 laptop. I tried an install of VL 5.9 on the Armada but ran into problems because the latest release will not run the cooling fan and the laptop overheated during installation. Back to 5.8 there.
However, I have successfully installed VL 5.9 on a 1999 era Compaq Presario 5360 desktop system. This old desktop has a K6-2 450, 100 MHz bus and I've upgraded it to 320 MB RAM.
When I tried VL 5.8 a few months ago, I got a very bad display thanks to the Compaq's very Linux unfriendly SiS 630 onboard graphics. I replaced the onboard card with an ancient ATI Xpert98 video adapter and used the ati open source driver.
With this combination I have now got a beautiful user friendly operating system that works pretty fast compared to Gnome or KDE based distros.
I had to add acpi=force and pci=noacpi to the boot options in order to to get the Presario to power off - while at the same time avoiding some misunderstandings between X and ACPI that were resulting in rrreeeppppeeeeaaatttiiiinnngggg letters when typing in graphical mode.
I'm hoping to give this refurbished system away to someone in my town who doesn't have a computer.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2008, 07:36:44 am by raymac46 »


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Re: 5.9 Std on Old Compaq Desktop
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2008, 07:24:51 pm »
Hi raymac46!

I used to have a sis chipset on my desktop too (it passed to better life recently) and the sis driver never worked. Vesa was my friend.
I am having some troubles with acpi too in my old lappy, I think a kernel recompile is in my future. I am planning to load the stock .config and just tweak some acpi options if I can make the time. I will let you know if that works. My lappy is usable though, the fan starts before reaching the critical temp.
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Re: 5.9 Std on Old Compaq Desktop
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2008, 07:32:06 am »
On my old Compaq desktop with SiS even the Vesa driver gave nasty black lines in the display. Only XVesa server would work with certain distros and this resulted in screen flicker on a CRT monitor.
The Compaq laptop works great with VL 5.8. The fan switches on at boot and runs continuously. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get the fan to run with VL 5.9.
Both of these are old Compaq systems I got from a recycling store. Compaq isn't really the best system to convert to Linux, unfortunately.