can I run elementary os on Vaio Z1? Intel Pentium 1.7GHz 14.1 SXGA TFT display (1400 x 1050) 512MB DDR SDRAM 60GB Hard Drive

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Unfortunately, your notebook does not meet the minimum RAM requirements for Elementary OS, not to mention some of the other hardware. Based on the installation page, you will need at least the following:

  • Recent Intel i3 or comparable dual-core 64-bit processor
  • 4 GB of system memory (RAM)
  • Solid state drive (SSD) with 15 GB of free space
  • Internet access
  • Built-in or wired mouse/touchpad and keyboard
  • 1024×768 minimum resolution display

Using the specs you've outlined, Google tells me that you are probably using a VAIO Z1WA from Mid-2004, which comes with the following specifications:

Category Specification Yay or Nay
CPU: Intel Pentium 1.7GHz processor Insufficient
RAM: 512MB DDR SDRAM Insufficient
Storage: 60GB Hard Drive (4200rpm) You will find this too slow
Display: 14.1 SXGA TFT display (1400 x 1050) Meets Requirements
Optical: Integrated CD-RW/DVD-ROM Likely Compatible
Network: Integrated 802.11 b/g Wireless Likely Compatible

While I am a strong proponent of using computer hardware for as long as possible (my main machine is from 2013 and my phone is from 2014!), this particular computer will not be able to run most of the modern Linux distributions. Aside from the lack of RAM, the processor is a 32-bit single-core CPU.

That said, all is not lost. Your computer may have enough power to run Zorin OS Lite or Bodhi Linux, which are two actively maintained Linux distributions.

  • yes, I thought so. Thanks sir.
    – mi.k
    Aug 27, 2021 at 17:44

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