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lawriehhh; recommend increasing memory to at least 512mb. provideing bios allows it. otherwise upgrade bios. other than that my knowledge is nor worth continuing helping u sorry. hope others will come to ur rescue , sure of it L, users do usually. cheerio ! ta ta.
thanks for the advice, I intend to scrounge more memory in the next day or two but in the mean time the boot loader idea sounds probable. Tink what should I be looking for?
If I restart the the install process I get to see the partitions data, I am a 2 day newbie to linux so need a little help. I havent read the manual yet, RTFM I hear you say.
when you say
"FC may have slapped the boot-loader
on a disk that's not booted from BIOS."
it may be possible as I did alter the partitioning settings a little as the primary choice for most of data and partions was the the smaller (1.5GB) IDE drive. The install failed when trying to load it all onto the IDE drive so I tried to spread it over the 2 disks.
I would suggest installing Debian. It is much easier to configure what is/isn't installed on Debian than Fedora. Since you want everything lightweight, you can choose to just install what you want. The new Debian installer can be found here:
If the computer will boot from CD, download the netinst CD image. It will be the easiest way to set up. You can also download boot floppy images if the computer won't boot from CD. Follow the installation instructions here:
What you will be left with after going through the installation is a very basic text-only Linux system with 1 user account created. It should have set up APT to download software during the installation. You can get a very minimal desktop environment by logging in as root and typing:
apt-get install xdm fluxbox mozilla-firefox xterm
That will install the fluxbox window manager and all its dependencies, as well as xdm which will give you a graphical login screen, the firefox web browser, and xterm (to get a command line in fluxbox). The easier to use dekstop environments, KDE and Gnome, will probably choke on less than 128 MB RAM.
I can't answer your hard drive question, but I am currently running fedora 2 on a p2 350 with 128 meg ram and a 6 gig hd. It runs a might slow, but faster than win 98 would. 64 mg may be a little low for Gnome or KDE, but I'm running Gnome and am happy with it. The install I used takes up about 2.5 gig of hard drive space, maybe you should scout around for a 3-5 gig hard drive. i have seen them used at shows for very low prices. Nyah Levi