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Old 05-23-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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Installing Linux on old Computer


I have an old computer running Windows ME. I am currently trying to install Linux on it. It has an Asus A7v600-x motherboard. When I try to boot off a flash drive it just says boot error. How do I get Linux on this machine?
 
Old 05-23-2011, 04:57 PM   #2
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Many boards from this era don't support the boot from USB. Try it with a CD or DVD.
 
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It has the option to do so, but that could be the case. Looks like I'm stealing the CD Drive from my good desktop for a few minutes.
 
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I do have a second question as well. I am building this computer as a gaming server for my friends and I. What would be the best version of the OS to install, if that's the correct wording?
 
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That depends on which game you want to install. If you are new to Linux I would go to the games forums and look out for tutorials how to set up a Linux gameserver with that game. I would go with the distribution they use, but of course (if necessary) a newer version.

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Old 05-23-2011, 07:31 PM   #6
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What would be the best version of the OS to install
What operating system ??

for a very experienced person i would suggest Arch or maybe slackware

just how much ram is there on this old Windows ME computer from 1999

CentOS 4.9 (or the newer 5.6) is close to that era and is still supported

or SL6 might install .I have SL6 on a old XP box ( 2000-2001) a 1.9GHz p4 , 1 gig ram and a Gforce2 mx400 card .
 
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this old Windows ME computer from 1999
Just nitpicking, but the A7V600X is from 2003.
 
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I have an old computer running Windows ME. I am currently trying to install Linux on it. It has an Asus A7v600-x motherboard. When I try to boot off a flash drive it just says boot error. How do I get Linux on this machine?
http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html#runflp
This will allow booting from usb on most motherboards that don't support it providing you have a floppy drive.

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Old 05-24-2011, 09:11 AM   #9
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I have an old computer running Windows ME. I am currently trying to install Linux on it. It has an Asus A7v600-x motherboard. When I try to boot off a flash drive it just says boot error. How do I get Linux on this machine?
My 1998 machine, with an upgraded processor (bought it on ebay), more RAM, LAN (with LAN adapters) instead of WLAN, is running like a space shuttle with TinyCoreLinux.
Perhaps you can train first with Puppy, Antix.. but I suppose the best choice will be TinyCoreLinux.
Not so easy for a beginner.. but in the TinyCoreLinux forum, they will help you. Im sure.
 
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This machine is intended to be a game server. I don't know if that will work with Tinycore or Puppy.
 
Old 05-24-2011, 05:29 PM   #11
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How do you copy the image to your usb, is it bootable ?

Try using
Code:
 dd if=/path/to/iso of=/dev/sdx
where X is the letter of the usb drive don't add the partition number like sdX1 sdX2. That worked for me when I made an Arch bootable usb, I also highly reccomend that distro, it's light powerful and highly customizable and they have an awsome package manager.

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