I think (but it's only a hunch) that we're facing a "simple" architecture problem here: You'll have to use a 64bit kernel, and in order to get there, I think with such as system, you'll have to already start out with the correct installation images. Try to get your hands on X86_64
(or similar) images of the systems in question, that might help.
Also, since the system's that recent, there might(!) be some hardware compatibility problems that are unsolveable as of yet, but without further research, that can't be determined - and frankly, I doubt it. I suggest using a good live CD (like pentode
- but try to find and use a 64bit one - there's a lot of them out there; I personally prefer Finnix
, but that comes without a GUI). If you get one running, try lspci
on a terminal and look at the output - very much simplified, every time the word "unknown" shows up is bad news. You can also compare what you see to what you know about your actual hardware.
But all in all, I think choosing the right architecture for your kernel will help a great deal.
Simultaneous posting - sorry, Doug, but it's good to really double up, isn't it?