I come from a PC support background (Microsoft). I recently purchased a PII on Ebay for the express goal of learning Linux.
BTW:I checked the hardware by installing Win98 from a clean "no OS" hard drive.
I have burned iso's and installed easy distributions (such as Knoppix, PCLinuxOS, Freespire, and DSL).
Some of the hardware installs I have attempted have been "incomplete." That is with flaws but for the most part up and running.
A)So I assumed that I could attempt a slackware `distrub.'
The Absolute install comes with quite helpful hints. I used cfdisk to correctly partition the hard drive, and set up my boot and swap regions.
B)The install process `grinds to a halt` when the install attempted to copy the installation files.
The cdrom is recognized in the start up on-screen loading of Linux in RAM, as is the HD.
[Unfortunately 128MB of RAM and a PII seems not enough to run Knoppix, which I have found a great diagnostic tool for hardware.]
C)It cannot be a case of too low RAM.
Nor was my partition bad, I believe. I checked this in cfdisk (a fresh reboot).
Oh sorry) Processor speed is 333.
Thank you. Andy Polon