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Replacing XPe with Linux OS on HP 2533t

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Hello Community!

This is a random one. Hope someone can help.

We have about 40 of these worthless...I mean lightweight....HP 2533t XP Embedded thin clients. Here are the specs:

Operating system Genuine Windows® XP Embedded
Processors VIA C7-M ULV processor (1.0 GHz, 128 KB L2 cache, 400 MHz FSB)
Chipset VIA CN896 Northbridge VIA VT8237 Southbridge
Memory 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Storage 1GB Internal Flash Memory

The XPe is what is KILLING me. I need a modern Internet Browser, but it can't be done because I am on XPe SP2 and I would have to pay to upgrade to SP3.

No Chrome love, no Firefox love.

So I thought - I know, I will isntall linux! Tried live booting Ubuntu, Jolicloud and gOS. All three the thing shuts off completely while the OS is loading. My only guess is that the system is overheating.

Any thoughts? Questions? Any one want take these to the Grand Canyon with me and see how far we can throw them?

Thanks ahead of time.
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I'd first try it with puppy linux, Vector or another very lightweight distro. If one of those runs you can check out further options.
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Thanks for the idea!

One of the thoughts I had that it was happening when the kernel was loading. Using puppy showed that is the case.

All was going well when it was loading drivers, etc. When it started to load the kernel modules it freaked and shut down.

This is an embedded machine, so it might just not be possible.

Any other ideas?
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Maybe you need to use some boot switches at the grub prompt, like noacpi or something along those lines, not sure though which ones
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by:prescott_college
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Dude. You are my hero.

acpi=off did the trick. It is currently booting. I will wait and see if it finishes and keep you updated.
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So how did this come along? I'm up to getting X to load (thanks to punching in acpi=off) and it goes to a black screen. Tried also doing pfix=nox and then Xorgwizard, but it won't afterwards, load X.

Thoughts?
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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