What’s the best Linux distro to use on my ‘old’ Compaq Presario S4200NX?

Kenneth Rath March 19, 2013
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Trying to decide on the best Linux distro to use on my “old” Compaq Presario S4200NX.

Here are some specs:

Compaq Presario S4200NX
Intel Celeron 2.60Ghz CPU
1 GB RAM
250GB IDE Hard Drive
LG SuperMulti DVD-RW / CD-RW
PNY NVidia GeForce FX 5200 256MB PCI Video Card
Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV (on board) Graphics controller – not used
Dell P780 17″ CRT Monitor

It currently has WinXP SP3 Pro and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a dual-boot setup. The initial install of Ubuntu went ok. However, it was a big headache trying to get Ubuntu to recognize my video card and monitor properly.

I’m trying to decide if I should stick with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or look at a different Linux distro that might be easier to setup or “recognize the system better”.

If anyone thinks a different Linux distro would work better then please let me know.

Thanks! :)

Ken

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