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ubuntu 8.04 on a 300MHz Pentium 2

This is my desktop I got refurbished for $25... and I was fed up with win98 so I installed ubuntu. It takes a little to get it working nicely after installation...

dmesg: http://fractal.cluenet.org/~cchan/misc/compaq_5030/dmesg.txt
These lines are interesting:
[   40.841854] isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
[   41.197000] isapnp: No Plug & Play device found

My ES1869 soundcard is supposed to be an ISA PNP device... more configuration ahead...

[   41.532870] input: Macintosh mouse button emulation as /devices/virtual/input/input0

Macintosh mouse button emulation? Interesting...

glxinfo: http://fractal.cluenet.org/~cchan/misc/compaq_5030/glxinfo.txt
cpuinfo: http://fractal.cluenet.org/~cchan/misc/compaq_5030/cpuinfo.txt
meminfo: http://fractal.cluenet.org/~cchan/misc/compaq_5030/meminfo.txt

==Modifications to get it to be useful on such a low-spec system==
Installed icewm and xubuntu-desktop... I use xfce4-terminal instead of gnome-terminal, but I still use the gnome desktop for now. It's surprisingly usable.
Installed msttcorefonts... They look better un-antialiassed than DejaVu
Unthemed GDM for faster startup
Other than that, it's surprisingly usable for such an old system. You won't mistake it for a Core 2 Duo, but it's by no means a dinosaur.

==Annoyances still to work on...==
Maximum resolution 832x624... blech! I want 1024x768 or 1152x864 on my 17" CRT!! This is most likely an issue of the video adapter's mere 2MB (iirc) of RAM... might upgrade this if I can get my hands on a SGRAM module.
No sound form ESS1869... There is a solution to this, but I'm too lazy now to look at my sound card's IRQ and DMA settings. I intend to get this working though. One of the reasons why I want a computer in my room is so that I can stream SomaFM all night. I sleep better that way.

This install went surprisingly well... I'm surprised I don't have to manually configure more than sound.



Smitty Werben Jaegerman Jensen

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