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    reconman NNTP User

    Default Safe Hardware for openSUSE 10.3

    I have successfully loaded openSUSE 10.3 on existing hardware, but received a warning that additional applications could not be loaded because of memory limitations (256 MB). I do not wish to add these applications 'through the back door'. Bringing the memory up to 2 GB would cost another $300 and I could buy a new system for $450 which would give me greater disk capacity, a DVD reader/writer and other advantages. However, finding a desktop system by checking the compatibility web site has become a nightmare. Has anybody had any success with a configuration in this class?

    Phil

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    Default Re: Safe Hardware for openSUSE 10.3

    A couple of thoughts. Firstly, unless you are doing things that require large
    amounts of memory, adding another 256 MB of RAM would probably be enough and
    should cost less than $50. I have several systems that only have 256 M, but I do
    not run X (graphical applications) on them. Linux with 512 MB works roughly as
    well as Windows XP with 1 GB. You only need 2 GB if you also want to run Vista.

    Secondly, the base components of any desktop system should work "out-of-the-box"
    with openSUSE 10.3 or 11.0. The places where incompatibilities show is in RAID
    controllers, wireless network adapters, fringe peripherals such as SD card
    readers, and modems. Modems are a problem because the hardware is crippled and
    most of the functionality is done in the Windows driver.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Safe Hardware for openSUSE 10.3

    reconman wrote:

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    > I have successfully loaded openSUSE 10.3 on existing hardware, but
    > received a warning that additional applications could not be loaded
    > because of memory limitations (256 MB). I do not wish to add these
    > applications 'through the back door'. Bringing the memory up to 2 GB
    > would cost another $300 and I could buy a new system for $450 which
    > would give me greater disk capacity, a DVD reader/writer and other
    > advantages. However, finding a desktop system by checking the
    > compatibility web site has become a nightmare. Has anybody had any
    > success with a configuration in this class?
    >
    > Phil
    >
    >

    Since you don't say what hardware you have this may not help. I just bought
    2GB of DDR 400MHZ memory for $73.00 plus tax. This is from Crucial, the
    only memory I have never experienced a failure with. I have three systems
    now all using crucial memory with its life time warranty.

    http://www.crucial.com/


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    Default Re: Safe Hardware for openSUSE 10.3

    On Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:56:06 GMT
    Larry Finger <Larry.Finger@lwfinger.net> wrote:

    > A couple of thoughts. Firstly, unless you are doing things that
    > require large amounts of memory, adding another 256 MB of RAM would
    > probably be enough and should cost less than $50. I have several
    > systems that only have 256 M, but I do not run X (graphical
    > applications) on them. Linux with 512 MB works roughly as well as
    > Windows XP with 1 GB. You only need 2 GB if you also want to run
    > Vista.
    >
    > Secondly, the base components of any desktop system should work
    > "out-of-the-box" with openSUSE 10.3 or 11.0. The places where
    > incompatibilities show is in RAID controllers, wireless network
    > adapters, fringe peripherals such as SD card readers, and modems.
    > Modems are a problem because the hardware is crippled and most of the
    > functionality is done in the Windows driver.
    >
    > Larry

    Hi
    You may also look at a lightweight desktop such as XFCE.

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    reconman NNTP User

    Default Re: Safe Hardware for openSUSE 10.3

    Russ and Larry,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back, but had trouble accessing the Forum. Russ, I ordered the memory from Crucial as you suggested. Larry, I elected to upgrade the existing system (eMachines T2642) w/ 2 MB memory. Later I'll replace the CD-RW drive w/ DVD/CD-RW, and may need some help from the Forum in identifying a compatible drive. Thanks to both of you. I am looking forward to installing openSUSE 10.3 with the additional memory.

    Phil

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