Ubuntu demo.

John Heim jheim at math.wisc.edu
Mon Jun 11 20:29:15 UTC 2007

How much RAM does your machine have? I had similar problems with a machine 
of similar age until I added RAM. I believe that 256 Mb of RAM is 
borderline. If you have 256 + 128 (whatever that adds up to) you should be 
okay. I bumped mine up to 512 and that definately is enough.

But even if you have enough RAM, you may end up finding that your CPU is too 
slow. I have a 1 Ghz machine and I found orca to be painfully slow. It runs 
okay on a 1.8 Ghz machine.  But that would be about the minimum I would 

From: "Jim Green" <greens at shentel.net>
To: <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 11:30 AM
Subject: Ubuntu demo.

> Hi Folks,
> I have an old --about five or six years-- HP Pavilion desk top
> computer.  The guy I got it from had no spec sheet for it.  I'm trying
> to get the demo of Ubuntu 7.04, up and running.  I get the
> accessibility screen at start up, select the screenreader, and
> continue.  Most tries I get no sound at all.  Sometimes if the monitor
> is off, I get a couple of seconds of music.  Then I get the blank
> screen with choices at the top and bottom; nothing to configure Orca.
> The CD drive has stopped.  the cursor is stuck in the center, and no
> amount of trying will move it.  I can sit there for 15-20 minutes, and
> nothing new.  Could it be this machine is to old, or doesn't have
> enough RAM to handle Ubuntu?  The Oralux liveCD comes up talking when
> I try it.  Thanks.
> Jim
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