Linux LiveCD (or LiveDVD) distro for an ageing 7 year old HP laptop

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    Can anyone recommend a Linux LiveCD (or LiveDVD) distro for an ageing 7 year old HP laptop and a pensioner newbie to Linux and where to download an iso for it?
     
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    What spec is the laptop? CPU, RAM etc.
    Linux Mint is good, has lots of extras in the distribution and the documentation tells you how to install it.
    https://linuxmint.com/download.php
     
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    Processor is a dual core T4300 2.1 ghz with 3 GB RAM.
    HDD is defunct at this time (Smart Drive fail) and was 250 GB but as this laptop was rescued by a friend at a late relatives house clearance minus a couple of covers (HDD and WiFi modem) I wanted to check it out with a LiveCD to make sure everything else he needs is working OK - sound, network etc. Replacing/upgrading HDD is not a problem if it is working enough to make it worth while - surfing net, playing video/music files etc
     
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    Have a look at distro watch they have category for old computers, antiX and Puppy linux are meant for real old machines, probably a fair bit older than yours.

    I'd guess linux mint should run fine from a USB drive with your hardware, use this tool to take the mint iso image and make it a bootable USB drive which can run the live version of mint.
     
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    I have now found two Mint isos- LiveCD and Ultimate LiveDVD. They run very well on this laptop.USB is not an option here as only 2 USB ports needed for WiFi dongle (WiFi card missing) and digital cameras and DVD drive is not needed for playing CDs and DVDs. This is only a temporary solution to check out lptop functions fully but will fit replcement HDD, re-install Windows 7 on it and then give friend option of dual booting to choose netween OSs.
     

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