I have a very old PC and i want to bring it back to life.

SPECS: -Pentium 4, 3.00 ghz -1,5 GB RAM -nVidia Geforce GT210, 1GB

I decided to install a stable distro like LINUX MINT XFCE 32-bit. I tried with an USB 4GB FAT32 using three programs "Linux live USB Creator", "ubootnetin" and "Rufus" but with none of this worked. Then I burned a DVD but with no luck. No matter what if i use USB or DVD i get this error when i try to boot. From what I read on forums, I found something about "nomodeset" and i can't modify this because it never gets me to install menu or GRUB loader.

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    Have you verified that you have a 32-bit, and not a 64-bit, installation / liveCD?
    – DopeGhoti
    Aug 3, 2018 at 15:22
  • It was 32-bit, for sure. Aug 3, 2018 at 16:20

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Most of the contemporary Linux distributions/the Linux kernel just do not support a Pentium 4 anymore.

A great alternative is using FreeBSD instead for having a modern supported Unix with regular updates.

see https://www.freebsd.org/

PS. I have got an old netbook from 2009, and I am doing the same thing.

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