Greetings, new PCLOS user here.
I'm trying to get a couple of old computers (re)usable for an inner-city school. I have used several flavors of Linux in vbox on my laptop to get a feel for what might be best, and settled on LXDE as a desirable lightweight setup (vs Lupu, Macpup, Antix). I did some searching through the LiveCD topic on the forum site, but could not find anything similar to my issue.
I am going to try the 2nd computer (a Dell Dimension later today), but wanted to get something posted for the HP Pavilion 8770c AMD Athlon 850 (circa 1999-2000). My initial investigations of Linux led me to Mepis (which I have an older version installed on this HP). But it is slow to boot and feels a little sluggish, hoping PCLOS LXDE makes things snappier and easier to setup, configure, support, etc.
The LXDE iso was downloaded and installed fine in my vbox. I validated the checksum, burned, and then booted the LiveCD with/in my Dell Precision M4400 laptop, with no problems. I've tried several boot options on both the CD-RW and DVD-CD/R drives in the HP. Most give a blank screen after initial loading, but I did get some more detailed info from Safe Mode, including some more details on the HP boot process....
HP PavilionTrying to boot from the CR-4804TE... an HP CD-Writer
PhoneixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0.G
Copyright 1999-2000 by Hewlett Packard, Inc.
CPU = AMD Athlon 850
384M of RAM
UMB upper limit segment address: E94B
Fixed Disk 0: Maxgtor 94610U6
ATAPI CD-ROM: CR-4804TE
ATAPI CD-ROM: Pioneer DVD-ROM ATAPIModel DVD-115 0111
is the same results as the following, just takes longer to get to the LiveCD option screen
Trying to boot from the DVD... the Pioneer
Boots faster, and gets furthest with Safe Mode with "No ACPI"
Decompressing Linux... Parsing ELF... done......
Booting the kernel..............................
Probing EDD (edd=off to disable)... ok
The "Loading initrd.gz" is in <>'s because once it completes and the "Probing EDD" line prints out, the cursor goes back to the "Loading initrd.gz" line and overwrites the text starting from the "Decompressing Linux" to the "Booting the kernel" on the next line. Then the system hangs. I believe I have tried all of the, is it, F6 options in safe mode to no avail.
The video is Vanta 16MB AGP.
I know that PCLOS uses the BFS kernel, correct? I was wondering if there is an issue with running that kernel build on this vintage Athlon 850? The Dell Dimension desktop I will be trying has a Pentium III.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.