More than a year ago, I tried to build a Linux ThinkPad 600E without much luck. Here I go again.
I used a 366MHz ThinkPad 600E with 288MB of memory and a 10GB hard drive.
Since I planned to give this to an elementary student, I started with gOS thinking that it would be simple for him to use. It wouldn't boot at all. Eventually, I pressed ESC and got into the line mode and entered some cryptic commands about ACPI. It set at "Loading /casper/vmlinuz..." for over an hour and then hung on the next line. Can't remember what it was and don't want to wait an hour to recreate!
I found this blog entry that promised to walk you through the install of ubuntu on a 600E.
I picked xubuntu and downloaded and burned another CD.
It booted as a live CD and I went through the install. So far so good! Maybe I'd turned the corner.
Then I tried to enable the wireless card to connect to my WPA network. This forum post pretty well describes my next disaster. It's still dead.
I had less problems with Vista.