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why not running your live cd in your the other 4.2 ghz machine ... i presume its a xp machine with proper bootable hardwares ...
no worry , just afraid that you might have give up on linux without any good reasons ...
you can try ubuntu , dsl and puppy linux (probably in that order though) , i remember that i had tried these 3 live cd(ubuntu as a live cd though) in sequence on a laptop(i think its an acer 1."something" ghz) ... all of them finished bootup great and all of them with networking and sound working properly with first attempt ...
do it on good "normal" machines , no point banging your head on old hardware problems during the initial stage , you wont be learning anything good and you wont get anywhere(no prospect) ... probably at a later stage if you are interested in this kind of thing ...
[CORRECTION::]i think i got problem with networking in puppy linux but i believe it could be done with some configuration which was not exactly obvious to me during that attempt ... the rest of puppy worked fine though ...
can you tell me whats the live cd
i¸m not interested in having the cd in the drive all the time
i just want to instal a linux operating system on my 500Mhz com that i would cofigure as a web server and if im a newb i would like to use one of the simpe distros
Having a 500 Mhz processor is plenty for a simple webserver. Where you will get into problems is if you put a heavy window manager (KDE or GNOME) and try to run X windows at all times. The way to deal with older, slow hardware is to install as little as possible, and though most of the time newbies think I'm crazy, you don't need a graphical interface to be a server.
I would (once you get your boot probem solved) install Debian stable or Slackware, and do not install X windows. Leave it text only. Install apache2, and your server will be live.
If you absolutely think you need graphics, then go with a lean window manager, like Xfce, icewm, and several others.
zeah i kinda alrady decidet its text only
my graphic card has 12Mb of memory
so i get one of the two distros but how many cds are there
my cousin told me he had used slack ware in text so witsh isos are just text OS and witch are graphic
i would me realy qool if you could direct me to a direct link where to download one of the distros you wrote before so i can then burn them
well i downloaded a port scaner(ip-tools)
and when i scan my own ip it says 1 port open ,socket port 80
is that ok
is there any other scaner that would determin if its open for both in and out?????
Mostly it is no help to scan same host or on local network. It does not say if your isp has filtering your ports. Port scanner has to be outside your network to scan ISP. Try "online port scanner" in google or ask some friend to do nmap
btw, nmap is very good port scanner and "must have" for network administrator (hackers too but it is )