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Distribution: Slackware 9.1, LFS 5.0, Mandrake 9.0/9.1/10.0, Knoppix 3.1, Windows 98SE, Windows XP Pro
1. Is the CD actually bootable? Try it in another (prefferably newer) pc.
2. Is the 486's drive capable of reading the CD? Depending on how you created the CD, it may only be readable in CD-RW drives or new CD drives.
3. Have you told the 486's bios to try booting from CD first?
Hope this is of some help- I shall also be trying to convert my 486 soon
Have you burned it as an ISO or have you just put the ISO file on a CD?
What I mean is: if you look at the contents of the CD you've created, does it just contain the ISO file you downloaded or a while load of files?
Yeah, comp's right...you might want to consider using fluxbox, openbox or blackbox on a 486...though if you really want a desktop environment you could try XFCE, I've heard that's pretty gentle on the resources.