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Old 03-26-2003, 07:01 PM   #1
bobo_snyder
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Question How to install mandrake 8.1


I am a total newbie at linux, but my kid and i want to learn it as something new.

A friend of mine gave me the 3 cd set of mandrake 8.1 and a computer to install it on.

It is a dual pentium pro 200mhz machine with a 4 gig ide hard drive and 256 megs of ram.

One of the problems is the motherboard (a tyan titan-pro) is that the motherboard does not allow booting to the cd, only either a or c.

Now how do i make a boot floppy? i have access to other systems at my house like win2k and winxp if that makes a difference and they will boot to the cd if booting to the cd will allow me to then create the boot floppies.

Next question, since its only a dual pentium pro 200 mhz, what kind of gui can i run on this machine??

And is mandrake 8.1 a good release for that kind of system?

Thanks
 
Old 03-26-2003, 07:40 PM   #2
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if ur motherboard won't let you boot form cd here's what u need to do

go here
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/...-old/8.1/i586/

go to dosutils directory, and get rawrite.exe file
then go back to main directory and go to images directory and choose cdrom.img

have a formmatted floppy and two files in the directory then double click on rawrite.exe it will prompt you what's the name of the image u want to boot from type cdrom.img
then it will rpobably ask you where to write the bootdisk so just type A:

wait til process finish

then just start form pc form floppy disk, and everything should work fine. Hope this helps.

MDK8.1 is good for this machine
 
Old 03-26-2003, 07:48 PM   #3
bobo_snyder
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well just after i posted my message, i decided to go to www.tyan.com and check out bios upgrades.
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found one that took it from 3.03 to 5.01 or something like that. flashed my bios (no problems), rebooted and went into bios settings.

i know have support for booting to the cd (and scsi, zip, etc).

sweet. and i tested it with a bootable win xp cd and sure enough, it booted fine to it.

so that takes care of a big pain in the butt issue.

i am curious, sure 8.1 should be good for this machine, but what about mandrake 9.1?? would that just be too slow? i am downlaoding the iso's anyways..
 
Old 03-26-2003, 07:52 PM   #4
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omg , now just saw DUAL,
not slow at all, even with 9.1
now just choose packages to fill your HD (4gb eeek)
 
  


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