Category: Misc OS

I finally found a distro for my Pavilion dv2500

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Back in December I was looking for something to do with my old HP Pavilion dv2500. Then in January I took Solus for a roll in a VM. I ended up being really impressed with Solus. So impressed I decided I wanted to find some real hardware for it to live on. Well things worked out and I now have Solus on my dv2500. It is not the fastest machine due to the fact it is about 10 years old but I works rather well. It actually works good enough that I don’t mind pulling out this laptop and using it for a bit now. The install was simple but I had no wifi and like most other distros it thought I had a 2nd screen attached. The wifi was a quick fix with the hardware manager. I clicked the Broadcom wireless, told it to use it, then an install and reboot later I was in business. The 2nd screen issue required me to open the display program and turn off the 2nd screen…pretty easy. Again I am completely impressed how a young, independent distro could work so well. I thought for sure it would fall short on hardware support but so far so good.

Solus 2017.01.01

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Not sure why I didn’t start looking into Budgie with this distro, but I know I like Budgie so I feel I need to look into the distro which created it. Besides the location detector not finding me the install was painless.  Being new to Solus I had to look into the package management commands. Luckily they have a nice wiki with everything laid out nice and simple. Also a big plus with this distro: there is very few packages installed by default making it nice and clean. In the end I was completely impressed. This is an independant distro that gave me no hassles and was incredibly simple to get up and running.

ReactOS 0.4.1

ReactOS 0.4.1

Big time fail on this one. I tried to boot the livecd and got a BSOD. If they are trying to copy Windows they are spot on with this one. It turns out that giving your virtual machine too much VRAM will cause this to happen. From searching around it looks like this has been a bug for a while. After cutting it down to 32MB of VRAM it boot. Once boot I tried to install it but the installer immediately crashed. I reboot again and boot to the livecd which worked. While I was able to get into the OS I couldn’t get out to the internet. The NIC showed as connected and had a valid IP but I couldn’t ping out. With the way nothing seems to work it seems like the made a great clone of Windows ME. I took the immediate pile of problems as a sign that this was not for me and decided to bail.