Some questions regarding old hardware

Good Day Everyone. I trust this day finds you all well.
I have a few questions.

I have an old Compaq with an E-450 cpu and an hd6320 igpu and 4gb ram. I use to run win 7 but it was limited because of the lack of updates. So today I installed Zorin.

  1. Which version is best to run on an 2011-2012 laptop. I installed the standard one for now.
  2. Do I have to manually install any drivers for an older system.
  3. My wifi does not work. I had the same issue in win 7. It install the driver but it does not detect. It may just be the wifi is dead though.
  4. Which is the best way to connect my linux to windows? Last time I think I used samba. I tried filezilla and for some reason it did not like my win 11 system.
    and last.
  5. Any way to connect linux to windows or visa versa using something simlar to remote desktop? I know there's anydesk, teamviewer etc. But it is not practical for what I need to do.

I need to test the laptop still to see if I can do entry level website development. I do have 2 big systems but we have in South Africa Loadshedding (not at the moment though) I am very busy so for me testing stuff may take 5+ days.

For Point 1 I would say Zorin Lite. But when the Core Version runs without Performance Problems on Your Machine, it is okay, too.

For Point 2 ... You can look if you can install all Drivers in the System (Go to Software & Updates and there to the Drivers Tab) but when there are some special Things, maybe You have to do it manually.


Thank You. The performance is ok but I do experience some mouse motion problems. Zorin Lite actually make a little more sense. I did look for the lite version but it was late so most prob missed it :laughing: . I am still learning Linux. Would want to learn more but my time are limited in studying.

Another quick question. Now I am busy building a new server. I need her basically as an FTP to backup websites automatically. Will Zorin suffice in a project like that?

Maybe this is a Wayland Thing. You could try to switch to Xorg and test it. To do that go to the Login screen and click on Your Profile so the Password Field appears. the Password Field must be appeared. Then You see in the bottom tight Corner a Gear Icon. Click on it and choose the Option Zorin Desktop on Xorg.

But Zorin Lite could be in common more Ressource-friendly. Now the new Zorin 17 Lite Version ist online. Maybe you give it a Try if You want.

You don't need to hurry. Take Your Time. It is not neccessary to stress.

To be honest, I don't know. Maybe another User here can answer that Question.

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In respect of your WiFi adapter not working can you please open a Terminal whilst running Zorin in live mode and enter:

sudo lshw -C network

Then make a physical note with Pen and Paper and post back here.

In respect of filesharing I posted a link about NFS, and samba and cifs utils are still relevant too.

In terms of remote access, Remmina is best for this. As for capturing websites there is an app in Software for this (I used the Windows version to capture the old Zorin forum in its entirety but you need a stable internet connection to do this.

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It will do for a simple FTP server but keep in mind that Zorin OS is meant to be run in a graphical environment, which consumes a lot resources. If you are going to dedicate this computer only for this task and access it using something like SSH through the command line, I would recommend something else like Debian, Ubuntu Server, Rocky Linux or OpenSUSE.

This way, you can expand your setup later on if you need to, learn a few things about Linux administration and, at the very least, your electricity bill will be slightly less padded :wink:

My network
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0
logical name: eno1
version: 05
serial: 00:9c:02:90:3a:f4
size: 100Mbit/s
capacity: 100Mbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=6.5.0-28-generic duplex=full firmware=rtl_nic/rtl8105e-1.fw ip=192.168.0.
** latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
resources: irq:21 ioport:2000(size=256) memory:f0104000-f0104fff memory:f0100000-f0103ff
hmm does not seem to detect my wifi. My brothers wife used this laptop and after I got it back the wifi does not detect. It install the driver with no errors just the os does not see it.
I actually got samba up and running in 5 min. As luck would have it my memory stick just died... and I cannot get my laptop to install Linux using my windows pxe server.

I actually run Debian in a vm at the moment. My new server will be 12c/24t as I run a lot of vm's for different projects. I could set it up on windows server 2012 R2 (my opinion, best win server) but I think it would be more hassle free running Linux to Linux (website server is Linux) rather than running Linux to windows. It is just to run backups. At the moment we do it manually. We can get it done from our server host but man they are expensive so i'll rather do it myself.

What about Timeshift?

What results do you get with:

sudo rfkill