LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-21-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Rep: Reputation: 15
Old System - Trying to install linux


Hi,

I have a copy of FC4 and Ubuntu and am trying to install them on an old P133 Dell Dimension pc that I got for free today. It has a floppy and cdrom that both work but I can not get it to boot from the cdrom, it says about isolinux, could not find cdrom device.

I have set the bios to boot from cdrom, I have checked the burnt cd's that they are okay, I do not have a network connection for it. I am prepared to download and try other distributions if they will work.

Please I need some advice on how to boot the FC4 or Ubuntu installations with this problem.
 
Old 10-21-2005, 01:42 PM   #2
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Rather than deleting this, I will post the answer in case it helps anyone else in the same situation!

After trying a few different things I finally updated the BIOS from A03 to A05 (available from the Dell website), and it now accepts the CDROMs and boots from them!

Am currently installing Ubuntu
 
Old 10-21-2005, 02:38 PM   #3
Thulemanden
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Distribution: PC-BSD, PCLOS, MeeGo, Win 7
Posts: 189

Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by NeoNero
Rather than deleting this, I will post the answer in case it helps anyone else in the same situation!

After trying a few different things I finally updated the BIOS from A03 to A05 (available from the Dell website), and it now accepts the CDROMs and boots from them!

Am currently installing Ubuntu

Well done!
 
Old 10-21-2005, 03:19 PM   #4
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Well.. it got to copying across the files from the cd, and then said "killing...", goes black, says "killing..." again and repeats.

FC4 doesnt do much better..

P133 Dell Dimonsion
48mb RAM
2Gb + 8Gb HDD's
CDROM

What distro would work best? I read that Ubuntu was great for old pc's but it isnt liking it... Any other suggestions and links?


P.S: currently running memtest86 on fc4 disk... 81% complete...
 
Old 10-21-2005, 03:28 PM   #5
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
FC4 installation displays a lot of lines similar to this final line:

[<c0118bb1>] do_ page_fault+0x1ce/0x5c6
 
Old 10-21-2005, 03:43 PM   #6
chemdawg
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Distribution: Mandriva
Posts: 206

Rep: Reputation: 30
I kept having a similar problem with FC4 - try this:

when you get to the boot screen, type in just any random thing )lakjfd;sjka

hit enter and get an error.

then hit enter again and the install will go fine.

This has worked for several people that I know of - try it out and see if it works for you!
 
Old 10-21-2005, 04:16 PM   #7
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Nah same problem.. just run a disc check and it said Fail too.. and sod downloading another copy heh. Am downloading Slackware atm as it says you only need a 486!
 
Old 10-22-2005, 01:49 AM   #8
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Managed to install a working copy of FC1 last night, but *damn* is it slow. Think I will try slackware instead..
 
Old 10-22-2005, 03:03 AM   #9
ubuntu_fan007
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Try running a more lightweight window manager. For example, xfce4.

You might also try running debian. But again, don't run kde, or gnome. That machine doesn't have enough ram to run them well.
 
Old 10-22-2005, 04:54 PM   #10
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I managed to balls up my FC1 install by changing the monitor settings (there were only two settings it *could* be...). So instead I used the SBM floppy to run an install of Slackware.

first install didnt work.. still hung unto fc1 kernal.. not sure what happened there. So am trying to wipe the hdd's completely with a full format and install onto that. Am currently formatting the swap section (1gb) and it's taken FOREVER.
 
Old 10-23-2005, 07:04 AM   #11
NeoNero
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
Posts: 23

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Okay, I need help.

As I said, I had FC1 installed until I changed a monitor setting and couldnt get into the desktop as the monitor would go into standby/flashing mode. So I have tried to install Slackware 7.

I went into the setup and used cfdisk to first delete and then create partitions on both disks, finally writing to them and using Quick format.

hda
Boot (1gb)
Swap (1gb)

hdb
Linux (14gb)

I then installed Slackware on Full mode onto the linux partition and used the kernal in the final options from the CDROM.

Setup completes and I reboot, but STILL it then boots up to that menu asking you to pick a kernal, and the only option is FC1's kernal from the previous installation, despite formatting.

It selects this kernal, as it is the only one, and after some lines of code it stops at:


- mkrootdev : label / not found
- Mounting root filesystem
- mount: error 2 mounting ext3
- pivotroot: pivot_root (/sysroot, /sysroot/initrd) failed : 2
- umount /initrd/proc failed : 2
- Freeing unused kernel memory: 120k freed
- Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel

I'm quite new to all this and really dont know what is going on, so any help is greatly appreciated. I thought formatting would have wiped everything.. and where is the kernal picked from the CDROM list of kernals during install??

What can i do?!?

Thanks.........

Last edited by NeoNero; 10-23-2005 at 07:07 AM.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Possible to install linux on this system? flyaway7 Linux - Newbie 11 04-04-2005 09:03 AM
yoper install fail on dual boot win-linux system coz `linux partition not found` coolview210 Yoper 5 11-24-2004 02:04 PM
Trying to install Linux...Old System won't boot/install from disk. Diademed Linux - General 4 07-25-2004 12:51 AM
linux only system doesn't do restart after install granpatex Linux - Newbie 4 02-26-2004 07:20 AM
How to install a new linux system on the SATA ayoayo Linux - Hardware 2 10-14-2003 12:42 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:11 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration