In the never ending quest to recycle the old Dell D800 laptop for efficient use as mobile computer for academic use I believe I have come to the end of my quest. The D800 is oldm it has an Intel Pentium M processor (celeron 1.70GHz).1 gig of memory and a NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 video card.
I have tried many Debian based OSes and PAE has always caused problems. I discovered Arch based Manjaro Linux does not build PAE kernels. Like Magic the Dell is speedy and it rocks a 3.10.18-1 kernel. Previously kernel upgrades were blocked by PAE.
The laptop is too slow to play video, but I need it for reading PDF’s researching, listening to audio and word processing. Manjaro (Openbox version) I believe has saved me a lot of cash.