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    Take a look at lubuntu, maybe that has lesser requirements. I also remember using macpup at one point to read information off of a damaged hard drive, but I don't know how that would work as a full OS; I just booted it off a flash drive to read the hard drive, I didn't try to use it as a daily OS. :)
     
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    Keep in mind you can test just about any Linux OS without installing it. SImply run it off of a thumb drive. Obviously it will be slow, but you can see how everything works before fully installing
     
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    How "old" of computer? Do you know the configuration, CPU, RAM, mobo, graphics, is it SATA or PATA (IDE)? That'll tell you which distro version will work best.
     
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    You could also try Bodhi Linux.

    System requirements:

    Minimum:

    • 500mhz processor
    • 256MB of RAM
    • 4GB of drive space
    Recommended:

    • 1.0ghz processor
    • 512MB of RAM
    • 10GB of drive space
    I used it about 7 years ago on a old 486 Dell desktop and it was fast even on that old hunk of junk.


     
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    Not as old as a 486, to be sure. I think it has 2mb of ram, a 1 gig hard drive, and a 2 MHz processor. Really, the problem with it seems to be the bus speed of the main board and a tired power supply.
     
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    Yup, probably one of the older duo-cores, pre-hyperthreading days. You could try Lubuntu, Mint Xfce or Bodhi Linux to see which one works best, I would suspect Bodhi might be the answer here though as it's actually designed to work with older and newer configuations.
     
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    Ubuntu Linux Mint 18.3...

    ... still has a 32 bit version.
     
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    Not to be a pooper but XP serves me fine! My machine is 18 years old and functions well.
     
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    And the point would be that every time Microsoft finally gets their OS right - they bring out a new buggy/slow OS with even higher hardware requirements.
    Windows XP SP3 is certainly a contender as one of their best OS's. It was followed by Windows 7...but Windows 7 was XP with new carpet. So it was/is an equally good system
    Windows 8 was the next big change, and we all know where this headed.
     
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