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    I am hoping Trev will be on this faster than a tramp on a bag of dropped chips. Mrs D wants me to flog her ancient Samsung 10" netbook on ebay. They were great about eight or nine years ago when they came out. Small 10" screen, great battery life but this one is running Windows 7 Pro and only has 2gb of RAM. Ive cleaned it up as best I can but its still very slow, wont play youtube or iplayer very well and Im just reluctant to punt it out if someone is hoping for a nice little laptop as a Christmas present.

    Is it worth wiping it and putting a version of Linux on it and if so which one? Will it cope better and run faster and smoother? The argument is that it might devalue it but to me it should be in the bin anyway. Its a shame though as its in lovely condition and the battery is good.

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    Is it 32 or 64 bit,you have plenty of ram at 2 gig.
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    I'm interested to hear about this - the missus has an even older Toshiba laptop, originally XP. I unwisely installed Win 10, and from then on it ran even more slowly, almost as slow as Trump's brain.

    As it has been replaced with a more up to date model, I thought I might as well see what could be done with it.

    It has 2GB RAM, and an Intel Atom N270 processor. If it is capable of running Linux I would like to know which flavour to choose, and as I know absolutely nothing about it, whether you have to install it as a dual boot system or do you remove windows completely and just install Linux? (presumably from USB in this case as it is a netbook).
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    I have been considering doing the same, my netbook is my 'secure' pute, running win7 it is only used for financial transactions and similar, not general browsing or having random usb pens plugged in and the like. At first it was ok but over time and with MS updates it has slowed to a crawl, it needs to go to a low resources os like Linux or be destroyed.
    p.s it too has a N270 and 2GB of ram.
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    Win 7 is still fine, and it should be possible to return it to as good as when you bought it. It's going to need a new clean install though.


    Linux will never have all of the drivers you need.












    OK. Bait set lol.
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    [QUOTE=st3v3;982513]Win 7 is still fine, and it should be possible to return it to as good as when you bought it. It's going to need a new clean install though.


    Linux will never have all of the drivers you need.









    Maybe that could solve my similar problems. ?
    How long is Windows 7 going to remain supported?
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    Quote Originally Posted by st3v3 View Post
    Win 7 is still fine, and it should be possible to return it to as good as when you bought it. It's going to need a new clean install though.


    Linux will never have all of the drivers you need.


    OK. Bait set lol.
    How much longer will Windows 7 be supported.?
    Maybe that could resolve my similar problems?
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    Just plug a USB stick in the computer. You can use it as extra RAM.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Its 32bit N270 (I think) 2gb of RAM.

    The copy of Windows 7 Pro I think thats on it was installed years ago and there is no factory restore so PIA to re-install it all from scratch.

    I was just looking for the quickest and easiest solution to be honest that would make it usable.
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    This week I downloaded W10 to a usb from ms site. Installed it on an old Toshiba laptop which had Vista on it. Used a 2 key e mailed via e bay, and it’s running a treat. Don’t know if W10 would run on a netbook, but doesn’t cost much to try.
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