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HAL is defunct and no longer used in modern distros. ACPI is a specification for how the bios and kernel interact relating to system hardware enumeration and power management. udev is a daemon that is notified by the kernel when hardware changes, such as when you plug in a new disk drive, and may take actions such as detecting what filesystems are on the ...


I'm guessing your old laptop has a Pentium M or Celeron M CPU? Try adding boot option forcepae at the grub menu when your live usb boots. More info here. If this doesn't work you might have more success with Lubuntu (or Ubuntu) 14.04.

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