A little while before christmas I was visiting my sister, and she gave me two trashy laptops that she never used. I mean reeeeally old stuff that needed a lot of work to be bootable. For some months they've sat on a shelf gathering dust. Until monday night...
I don't know why, but for some reason I picked one of them and decided to try Ubuntu again. I had already given it a try on my regular PC, with less than stellar results, but wanted to give it another try. After all, gotta be SOME reason why the fanbois (hello Stigg) keep yappin' about Linux like it's the second comming of Christ, yes?
Anyways, here's my monster of a laptop, running at a staggering 1.6GHz and sporting ALMOST 1 GB of RAM.
As you can see from this extremely grainy picture (courtesy of Apple Inc's stellar iPod camera) I have some keyboard problems. Not only is the C-key missing (still works, just feel weird tapping on the rubber beneath), but the K-key is loose and requires some extra effort to push, and three keys (comma, period and hyphen) are at the shuffled in the wrong spots. A little annoying, but livable.
The installation was fairly simple, though I bolloxed a bit around with the partition-bit more than strictly neccessary. An hour or two later I had the machine up and running... And was ready for bed. I had started on this project way too late in the day.
First thing to do the next morning was to add support for a PS3 controller and installed ZSNES. Thanks for the info, Stigg. ;)
I mucked a bit around with how to get the ROMs copied over from my Windows PC, but eventually managed using Ubuntu One to get them over. The games worked perfectly, though with choppy sounds. That I solved today by raising the audio frequency inside ZSNES from 32000Hz to 48000Hz. Sounds perfect on an external speaker now, though the internal speakers are slightly shot and produce some noise.
I tried to install Netflix, and did it after a little googling. It wasn't difficult, but it was a pointless gesture. The videos run so choppy that it's like watching a slideshow with audio. Not much fun at all.
Spotify was more fiddly to get installed, but once in it's been working perfectly.
One major problem:
Every once in a while the computer hangs. Can be 30 min after boot or three hours. No telling. But suddenly EVERYTHINg slows down more than a govermentally appointed commitee and nothing happens. I can for the most part move the mouse, though it get laggy sometimes. A window that is about to open will update and become more and more opaque, one frame at a time, with 20-40 seconds between each frame.
Sounds like something is suddenly hogging all the system resources, but I don't KNOW that. So far I've "soved" this by hard-rebooting (holding the powerbutton down 10-15 sec).