Initially it would hang while booting from CD. After some searching I learned to give the “acpi=force” argument at boot and that got things going.
Once again, I’m blown away by how fast apps run on this old machine when using Puppy. Apps just “pop” onto the screen after launching them! Very cool. Well, the browser (SeaMonkey) didn’t really “pop” though – Once again, I must observe that modern browsers are not the friends of old hardware… but that’s not Puppy’s fault.
First issue I hit was that my PCMCIA controller – and subsequently my WIFI card – wasn’t being detected. Apparently, that’s based on that acpi=force thing. Not good… I tabled the project for a bit while pondering my next move.
While pondering, I installed Puppy into a virtual machine. Never hurts to have a fast loading / low resource *nix laying around, right? For that one I did the hard drive install (instead of the normal boot from CD thing) and noticed the boot sequence was a bit different. In fact, It seemed like the stuff the ThinkPad had been hanging on was no longer an issue.
Tonight I fired up the ThinkPad again and installed Puppy to the hard drive. Rebooted and … sho ‘nuff! I now had a functional PCMCIA WIFI adapter. Let the surfing commence.
Web browsing was great right up until I visited some of the more modern and script-laden sites. Heck, just typing in a twitter update with that little character counter slowed down the whole system.
Here’s the deal: If I needed to setup an old machine to be used for working on documents, spreadsheets and general productivity stuff I think Puppy would be just the ticket. It really brings the old machine back to life. Looking for a machine to primarily browse the web? For that my hardware is just a bit too old. It’ll do the job, but you sure have to exhibit extra patience.
I think I now remember why I had shelved this laptop last spring… but since it is out, maybe I’ll toss Windows 2000 back on it