Re: laptop

Thomas N. Chan

It should be easier than last time.
Just put on the VM through VM player.

back then, I need to learn to telnet to it with a crossover cable and start the installation. 
life is much easier even with   opensuse.
I will try the the one I mentioned in my previous email. there's GUI install of command only.

Thomas N. Chan

On Tue, 20 Apr 2021 at 09:25, John Holcomb II <jhii926@...> wrote:

Seems like pretty old software from  my looking at this.

Its fascinating though and I’d love to get linux running although I’m still lost on if I can do a full install myself or  if I’ll need help from AIRA




From: <> On Behalf Of Thomas N. Chan
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2021 8:27 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop


I don't know how well is the talking version of linux. There used to have  a screen reader for linux which its like 20 years ago. during the days of dectalk express or hardware  synthesizer. i ca't remember the name but thats the time when i am learning on redhat.


I am referring to Vinux in my previous post.


I didn't use it much, i only load it and played with it on a VM.

Thomas N. Chan



On Tue, 20 Apr 2021 at 07:26, John Holcomb II <jhii926@...> wrote:

Ok, so I’d need a GUI and I’ve never used Linux before, also didn’t use DOS.

SO I’d definitely need a GUI.

Never heard of a VI Linux before….




From: <> On Behalf Of Thomas N. Chan
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2021 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop


It should work. 

I am mainly using distribution from Ubuntu and centos.

Gui is good but I like to type command, I can accomplish more but it might not be for everyone. Isn't it there's a VI linux distribution? Is it still being updated?

I mostly ssh over using putty, and do the things I want to do. But  for the NAS linux, once you setup, you go in by the web UI. and setup those drives.


For NAs I mentioned earlier, try

freenas and now known as truenas.

Thomas N. Chan



On Mon, 19 Apr 2021 at 22:32, John Holcomb II <jhii926@...> wrote:

So I could put Linux?

Maybe X Ubuntu?

Would this tdistro even  support32-bit legacy hardwhere like this?




From: <> On Behalf Of Thomas N. Chan
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2021 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop


You are running a machine series that I used to own. Its only 100mbps ethernet port lol...


I got a lower end machine, without those serial ports, still got a DVD burner, 8gb of ram (I max it out already), I upgraded 256gb to 640gb harddrive.

Its running windows 7 though.

Works fine, I can surf net on it which its the only thing I does with it.

Even if I would get the latest OS, I will not run windows 10 on it. too much work to get the driver to get going. I done once, last year on one of the computer in the office. 

in the end, i load up linux on it and put whatever gui for the user to use it as the day to day processing unit. still alive as we speak.


Too much limitation to get an old machine to work.


If you don't want, run a NAS on it. linux base, and you can put multiple drives on them external or internal and you can put on the network for file sharing. i done for a customer previously.

if it die, thats all it can do. surfing net will be a pain. you can listen to music on it, watch youtube... simple stuff. opening document, edit a few page but if you want to to do more, then it will be too slow.

Thomas N. Chan



On Mon, 19 Apr 2021 at 22:12, John Holcomb II <jhii926@...> wrote:

Lmao um. Yeah back then.

Core duo, 4GB of DDR2 ram. (it had 2GB and I upgraded it to the fastest speed possible and the most amount it’d support in 2011.

WiFi g


Still has a 56K modem and parallel port! Serial too if I’m remembering correctly.

Has ethernet (though I’m not sure if its 10, 100 or 1000.

It’s a Dell Inspirine E-1705

I actually replaced the still working original 80GB SATA 2 drive with an SATA-based SSD that I believe is 200 GB and tried to put Windows 10 on it.

No go.

I’d love to put a lightweight OS on it but not sure what or how.

All of the hardware works perfectly!

If you’ve got any ideas, let me know!




From: <> On Behalf Of Thomas N. Chan
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2021 4:52 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop


Good machine.

Thomas N. Chan



On Mon, 19 Apr 2021 at 10:52, John Holcomb II <jhii926@...> wrote:

Hey there,

I have a laptop from 2006 which started off with XP and then I  put 7 on it.

The hardwhere still works! But 10 won’t run on it.

The only thing I could possibly do is  put Linux on it.

But the Linux would have to support 32-bit.




From: <> On Behalf Of Marvin Hunkin
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:42 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] laptop


Hi, my first laptop a satellite a 300 toshiba lasted for 6 years, then my mom had it for another 4 years, running windows xp or vista. I think. And second machine, lasted almost 5 years, and was windows 7 pro 64 bit with a dvd drive. Gave it to a friend, who is a sighted programmer, and then he put in a new ssd for his mom,  windows 10. Now had to get a new Samsung external ssd drive 500 gb, as my 1 tb Toshiba external  drive, was about to die. Able to copy all files from that. And so got a new assus vivo book with a ssd. First time using that and yes, takes about 30 secs to power up and hear the windows chime and the login screen with jaws. Do have 8 gb ram, do have a spare 8 gb two spare 4 gb slots. Could have used 16 gb, when doing my network course and ran out of memory for running multiple virtual machines. And like to get a new laptop every 6 to 7 years or 5 years. So had this assus a couple of years. Thanks.

Ps: I 3 7 dual quad or quad core, up to 8cores. 2.3 ghz processor, 8 gb ram, 500 gb ssd. One usb 3, two usb 2 ports. 15.inch passive colour I think, or maybe active colour. Not sure. Standard keyboard, built in web cam, mike. Surround sound and using the real tech surround sound app. Two speakers. No card reader.

A good machine.

Excellent sound. And do have windows 10 pro 64 bit, it came with windows 10 home 64 bit 1809. So upgraded it a few times.

Marvin. .

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