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    enable pae on old dell 8600

    Hello,
    I'm trying to reuse this old dell laptop 8600 pentium M .
    I want to put linux on it, but each time I use whats suggested, it pops up cpu can't handle it pae not enabled.
    I've tried the bcdedit cmds but they won't /// How to access the /pae path in boot.cfg/??

    Any help/suggestions most appreciated.
    John in Dallas
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    Which version of Linux? I have a Dell Inspiron 700m I just put Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon on because it won't accept later PAE versions. It works just fine and probably will put it on a Dell Inspiron 600m. Seems the Centrino/Pentium M computers have the problem.

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    I tried mint 12 lts no luck still pae required!! There should be a way to enable /pae switch in boot.ini...With sp2/sp3 these options were added ie dep. that's enabled that should pass pae ????

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    Keep in mind that installing Linux wipes out WinXP so anything that worked in WinXP will be immaterial in Linux. I always download the .iso file and use it to create the CD or DVD, boot to it and see if what I need works. I have run versions of LiveCD/LiveDVD without an HDD/Hard Disk Drive in the computer. If things work I install Linux from the icon on the Desktop. Linux Mint comes with Firefox and a version of LibreOffice so most things are covered but do need to check that the Wi-Fi and Sound work, had support for them for my 700m.
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    Star Lounger,
    Thanks for help. But mint 13 won't install ...sys errrs cfg802011 what ever that means..Won't even run the dvd..
    Is this laptop beyond use? I won't connect xp to the internet....don't want infections to my network !! I do have ubuntu 7.10 installed but it's so old and beyond support won't update....None of the linux forums answer this topic...They have no idea which distros will work!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonestarone View Post
    I tried mint 12 lts no luck still pae required!! There should be a way to enable /pae switch in boot.ini...With sp2/sp3 these options were added ie dep. that's enabled that should pass pae ????
    Will this article help https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EnablingPAE

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonestarone View Post
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    "But mint 13 won't install ...sys errrs cfg802011 what ever that means"
    I tried Linux Mint website to investigate sys errror cfg802011 and there weren't any responses at all
    Then I tried the same search for XP and there were plenty of hits; none of which I could relate to your situation yet
    --- So far to me that means it's an issue from your XP computer
    I did find a link for Lubuntu that claims it's an excellent alternative for low spec XP's

    I hope Sudo15's link will be helpful for you

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    You could also check out http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%...%20Release.htm
    --- They have a Linux kernel 3.4.82 for non-PAE build

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    Hi-Star Lounger,
    Well I thought that pae page would help. But, 7.10 ubuntu was/is so old and not working the terminal was so wonky I didn't know if the scripts took or not...what did happen grub is now dead. System won't boot period.. So that terminal stuff I used corrupted grub. I 'll try pupy and see if it corrects grub???
    Thanks for all your help...So much for the linux forums!!! NONE have responded!!!

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    I use LMDE Mate (386 and not 686) on my old Dell notebook that cannot handle PAE, and there are some versions of Puppy that can go either way.

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    Hello - Guys,
    Well nothing has worked so far....Lmde 386 wouldn't load plymouth. Just stalled. I don't understand puppy well enough to attempt it....Can't d/l anything... Guess this old laptop is ready for recycle bin!!!!
    I really appreciate all you help here..The only ones ,too!!
    John in Dallas

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    Well -Guys,
    Guess I spoke too soon...lmde finally decided to install and works....Slow but hey a 10 yr old laptop, only 512 ram, who cares.
    It does work , that's all I wanted...
    Thanks all who stayed with me and wanted to help..Most appreciated!!
    John in Dallas

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    Cool beans.

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