I want to use this little piece of shit to run old games but windows is too slow, what's the best Linux whatever to do that?

I want to use this little piece of shit to run old games but windows is too slow, what's the best Linux whatever to do that? Or there's a better way to do that?
Specs
Intel atom 1.8
1 gb ram
Currently using win 7 starter

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i guess you could just install w98 or xp?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I did but there's something about atom processor that make it crash

      i have a laptop and even old games make it overheat

      That's just laptop in general

      First thing replace the hdd with ssd
      Also you can replace the ram with a bigger one (maximum seems to only be 2gb though)

      If I want to spend money I'll buy something better, I'm just nostalgic for this little thing

      If the "old" games are dx9, then you won't be able to run them on Linux with that thing. Older games might work but it's not guaranteed. A distro with lxqt or Xfce should be lightweight enough whole still being similar enough to windows to not get too lost

      I should specify that I want to emulate games, I know is a pain in the ass find old games with Linux compatibility also I don't know shit about Linux so please traduce it for morons

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Oh if you want to emulate, yeah linux would be fine, should get way better performance too.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If you're just doing emulation look into the Generic PC build of Lakka.

        https://www.lakka.tv/get/

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I didn't bring up Linux games in my post, direct x can only be used on windows so only windows games will use that. And lxqt/Xfce are desktop environments, basically the interface you see when you boot your computer

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >also I don't know shit about Linux
        then stick to good out of the box distros like mint

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Wrong board

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i have a laptop and even old games make it overheat

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Lift that shit up an inch. Jam a book under there or something

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    First thing replace the hdd with ssd
    Also you can replace the ram with a bigger one (maximum seems to only be 2gb though)

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If the "old" games are dx9, then you won't be able to run them on Linux with that thing. Older games might work but it's not guaranteed. A distro with lxqt or Xfce should be lightweight enough whole still being similar enough to windows to not get too lost

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Linux has DX9, it's called Gallium Nine, but it only works on AMD and Intel GPUs.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Puppy Linux should still be light enough while still being easy to set up for a noob, I think? I had a shitty broken laptop 10 years ago so I can relate.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Puppy Linux
      This is my best bet so far but still I wanted to research more since there's so many, also yeah know nothing about all this, is very interesting though

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, that was my best bet back then, too. I had 800 Mhz single core processor and 768 MB RAM, and already none of the popular lightweight DEs would cut it, not even Xfce or LXDE - and surely they only got heavier after these ten years. Puppy runs JWM, which should still be very light.
        Other super light distros you could try (I haven't) are: MX Linux (Fluxbox), AntiX, or maybe BunsenLabs.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Intel atom 1.8
    i'm not sure you'll be able to run PS2 games on an emulator, maybe psp or lower specs
    any mainsteam linux distro like mint or basic ubuntu will do, just don't use one that run gnome as a DE, that shit will eat your ram

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You can emulate SNES, PSX and N64. If you want to play Windows games then you should install Windows XP on it. Linux gaming relies on newer hardware that has more CPU power and Vulkan support.

      There's no way in hell.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >There's no way in hell.
        i have a modern i5 notebook, it get hot playing stuff like armored core nexus, now granted it's a notebook but considering how old is yours i wouldn't take PS2 emulation for granted
        1g ram can be a bother as well
        now a lot of ps2 games got a psp port
        if you're serious about it but don't want to spend money still consider spending 10 buck on some old ram, i'l sure you'll find some on Amazon for that price, sodim ddr2 i suppose it is? some cheap ssd would also do great get some small kingston or something

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >i have a modern i5 notebook
          Anon, that's like an order of magnitude, if not multiple, more powerful. The old Atoms are absolute SHIT, the only good thing about them is that they're very low power. I wouldn't be surprised if OP's one is 32bit too, they were the last CPUs to be limited to 32bits.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >I wouldn't be surprised if OP's one is 32bit too
            ha yeah right i forgot about that, good call

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >PS2
      Never without a graphic card
      >PSP
      Worth a shot PPSSPP is really well optimize

      If you're just doing emulation look into the Generic PC build of Lakka.

      https://www.lakka.tv/get/

      Thanks I'll give it a look

      You can emulate SNES, PSX and N64. If you want to play Windows games then you should install Windows XP on it. Linux gaming relies on newer hardware that has more CPU power and Vulkan support.

      There's no way in hell.

      I installed win 98 but it always crashed, and apparently was a processor problem, so I didn't bother with XP

      I didn't bring up Linux games in my post, direct x can only be used on windows so only windows games will use that. And lxqt/Xfce are desktop environments, basically the interface you see when you boot your computer

      Thanks for clarifying, I barely understand you the first time

      >also I don't know shit about Linux
      then stick to good out of the box distros like mint

      Sure

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        of course its a processor problem you moron
        intel atom didnt even exist when 95 was out why are you being moronic?
        wow my new solar panel doesnt work with my playstation 1 is this game bugged?

        also your an immense moron for swapping to loonix instead of stock OS for games

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          There's no reason to be rude anon

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            lick my feet

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    HP P1000? Those things were pretty cool. I'd try Xubuntu on it, you'll probably get decent mileage.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I'd try Xubuntu on it
      how it is next to mint with xfce? usually mint have a better out of the box experience and optimisation

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks

      I don't know shit about Linux but Mint is basically just Windows if you want Windows but don't want Windows.

      I'm pretty sure mint needs more than 1 gb to run

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know shit about Linux but Mint is basically just Windows if you want Windows but don't want Windows.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Anon, you should check the exact model of atom in there. If it's one of the first generation ones, the iGPU has no linux support (blame Intel). Your best bet would unironically be XP at that point.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I just checked, is a Intel atom n455 1.66 (I was sure it was 1.8 but anyway)

      Apparently runs Lubuntu and Xubuntu just fine, the actual problem here is the ram, since required at least 2 gb

      Thanks to point that out

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        check the frequency and type of your ram, you might find some for cheap
        also changing termal paste, yours is probably dried up

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Intel atom n455
        >1 core 2 threads 1.66 GHz
        eh, you'll run snes and gameboy emulator at best

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Try getting castrated win7/10 version s from rutracker(they eat less memory and due to all telemetrics gone you should see a bit less lag too)
    Linux sucks

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I forget about that, I'll give it a check

      check the frequency and type of your ram, you might find some for cheap
      also changing termal paste, yours is probably dried up

      atom i.8 as in 1.8Ghz?
      well 2 cores aren't good for anything but if you're committed I recommend linux mint XFCE version, which has minimal resource usage
      and you could definitely upon it up to give a good cleanup and swap that 1gb of ram for 4gb or more, just open it up and you will know what to do

      As I say before I don't want to put money on it, but yeah a clean up and some paste is a good idea

      >Intel atom n455
      >1 core 2 threads 1.66 GHz
      eh, you'll run snes and gameboy emulator at best

      It use to run N64 and PSX games pretty good back in the day, but now is to slow to run GBA, I guess it was something I installed and completely forgot

      Yeah, that was my best bet back then, too. I had 800 Mhz single core processor and 768 MB RAM, and already none of the popular lightweight DEs would cut it, not even Xfce or LXDE - and surely they only got heavier after these ten years. Puppy runs JWM, which should still be very light.
      Other super light distros you could try (I haven't) are: MX Linux (Fluxbox), AntiX, or maybe BunsenLabs.

      I'll try XP and if don't work I'll try puppy

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I'll try XP
        Reinstalling XP sure would have been faster than any of the Linuxes I tried, but if I remember correctly, it's borderline useless without its service packs. I couldn't update those when the support was discontinued in April 2014, thus I suffered with Puppy. Maybe there are other resources where you can grab these, I don't know.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    atom i.8 as in 1.8Ghz?
    well 2 cores aren't good for anything but if you're committed I recommend linux mint XFCE version, which has minimal resource usage
    and you could definitely upon it up to give a good cleanup and swap that 1gb of ram for 4gb or more, just open it up and you will know what to do

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