Re: small linux
- From: "Michael B. Trausch" <michael.trausch.no.spam@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 12:28:08 -0400
Dirk Roos wrote in <1148050791.696803.114870@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
on Fri, May 19 2006 10:59:
hi guys. I have an old ibm aptiva that I would like to turn into a
The problem is that it is from 1996 and only has 32 Meg of ram and
about 2.8 gig on the hard drive. Is there a linux out there that I can
download for free that I can install on a machine like this?
I installed Ubuntu 5.04 and choose "server" when installing. (But
according to bios I have 49Mb, not sure where the other 16MB have gone.
Like Robert Hull mentioned, the other 16 MB could be the graphics card. In
some systems, the graphics board "shares" memory with the main system --
especially in the case where you're using an on-board system display. For
example, my laptop (a Toshiba Satellite A55-S1064) has 512 MB of RAM,
however, only 496 MB of it is available to the main system. That means
that the graphics board is "stealing" 16 MB of RAM for its own use, and
that memory isn't available to the operating system or applications. Some
systems have an option in their BIOS setup program that allows you to
change the amount of shared memory that the video board has access to, and
in most cases (with desktops) you can disable the on-board video and
replace it with an ISA/PCI/AGP card that uses its own memory to power the
video, which would free up that 16 MB for use by the operating
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