The Inspiron 1525 is Emanon's first (and only) laptop, which brought almost 13 years ago. When it got laggy and hard to run Adobe software, we brought an Acer desktop. Several years later, we got some video tasks to do, so we gave the Acer desktop to Emanon's sister, who didn't have a desktop. From that on, we started using a Dell desktop in daily life. But we only got one PC, we had to take turns recently. I found the old desktop after a room tidy up and thought maybe it can still run for easy tasks in daily life.
My Inspiron 1525 has a 2 GB Memory, a 2-core CPU, a 120 GB hard disk and a 15.4" screen(which is much bigger than my phone). Fortunately, it meets the minimum hardware of Fedora 35. I use Xfce desktop environment for many years, it's fast and has almost everything I need. So I download Fedora 35 Xfce Desktop and burn it into my old 2 GB flash disk with the official tool Fedora Media Writer.
sudo dnf install mediawriter mediawriter
Then insert the flash disk into 1525, press power button. When you see the progress bar go to the end, keep hitting F12 then select USB Storage Device. You'll boot into Fedora 35 Xfce in a moment. If you haven't back up your files, you could do it now. If you don't have a wired Internet connection, you should download and copy the two files below for fixing the Wi-Fi later. Run the Install to Hard Drive in the desktop to install Fedora OS. For more details, please refer to Installing Using Anaconda. After that, reboot your laptop and remove the flash disk.
You'll see the Wi-Fi is failed, even after you updated all the software. The good news is there are ways to fix. Download broadcom-wl-126.96.36.199 (backup link), extract it. Run the following commands to get the working driver and copy them to your system.
#sudo yum install b43-fwcutter sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-188.8.131.52/broadcom-wl-184.108.40.206.wl_apsta.o sudo sync sudo /sbin/modprobe -r b43 sudo /sbin/modprobe b43
Now you can browse the web or do some text work on it. If you want some multimedia pleasure, you might need VLC. And before you install VLC, you need to enable RPM Fusion first.
sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm