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Old 07-18-2011, 11:04 PM   #1
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I have an IBM Pentium 2 and I'm in the process of trying to get it running again. I have a cd rom drive that I cannot replace because it was a former server computer. The problem with drive is it won't read burned CD's it has to be original. I'm hoping to find a linux cd that the cd drive can read. The computer is from 97 or 98. Would Ubuntu work? I have an 80GB harddrive.
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This sounds like a bad piece of hardware. You say that you can't gain access to the cd drive because it was a server, are your able to gain access to insides of the server at all. This can at least tell us if there is a bad cable or connections.

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Old 07-22-2011, 07:22 AM   #3
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How well Ubuntu would work depends on the specs of the hardware, especially how much RAM you have. Most Linux distributions are downloaded as an ISO then burned to a disc, so I would be surprised if it did not boot. Have you tried booting from a Linux install disc yet? What are the specs of the computer?
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:20 AM   #4
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Pentium 2 would crawl with Ubuntu. Try to look at a local book store for a magazine containing a install disk. I like this months issue of Linux Format. It comes with Arch Linux to install.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:30 PM   #5
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You can buy ubuntu on cd. https://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/cds

However I recommend installing a less demanding operating system like lubuntu. But as far as I know you can't buy lubuntu on a cd.
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I suggest you to update your system, Ubuntu will work on it but it will work slow.
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Agreed. Where we marvel at some old systems that still run, that fact alone does not change that they really have no intrinsic value used.

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Old 11-17-2011, 12:37 PM   #8
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I've tried to get a cheap 20 dollar hard drive in there to no avail, its a shame because it was an IBM and I love IBM. I already have a new working unit that I just built.
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Try Slackware 10.1. It's very good for old computers Pentium II and above.
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The amount of RAM you have in the computer is VERY important, as I just found out. I had a Pentium 4 with only 128 Mb of RAM and while I could run Puppy linux there was no way it would run effectively. Once I upgraded to 1 Gig of RAM it was able to work with a number of different dstributions. I settled on Ubuntu 10.10 and it is working perfectly. When the system prompts me to update to 11.1 I just close the window declining the update. My last update destroyed the dual boot and I had to go back and reload both DOS and Ubuntu. I am happy with what I have now even though I have a steep learning curve ahead of me to learn to use the terminal end of Linux.

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