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I have a compaq presario 2200 and am trying to install redhat 7.2 on it.
I made the first install CD but the computer would not boot from it (I configured the BIOS to read the CD first). So I used rawrite to make a floppy with boot.img on it. I then tried to boot from the disk drive, I get a screen which says "Welcome to RedHat Linux 7.2!" at the top and lists some options. After I press <ENTER> (so that I can install redhat) the computer starts to load stuff off the floppy disk. I get to a black screen with a penguin at the top, stuff about my computer begins to list underneath the penguin. It gets to a line which says "Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M" and then stops entirely. There is no cursor and any keys that I press (using my hands or face) do nothing. I have absolutely no idea what is going on here. I was trying to install FreeBSD on the same computer but ran into a similar problem, I gave up on FreeBSD and decided to give RedHat a try since "the installation is easy".
Is there any possibility that I am making the CDs wrong? My only internet access is through a Macintosh, which is also the only place I can burn CDs (using SONY DISCRIBE PPC V2.96). I have to waste a CD everytime I want to put a file on that presario, and Ive been trying to do this for a month now. This is my first experience with UNIX or Linux and as you might have guessed I'm going insane.
Personally, I would just go to distrowatch (or something similar) and order the extremely cheap Red Hat 9 , 3 cd set - the 2.4.20-8 kernel in Red Hat 9 has a far wider range of hardware support than the kernel in 7.2 - for example, for the common Intel 845 g chipsets its great.
So again - you'll probably have a much better chance with a newer Red HAt distribution adn considering it costs virtually nothing to buy - I'd give it a go.
Also, I have recently discovered that the Compaq has something called a Cyrix MediaGX processor (180MHz) (Ive only been messing with this computer for a few weeks and I assumed it was an Intel). I think this is the problem that I need to get around, but I do not have any idea where to start. If it matters 16M memory and a 1.6gig hard drive are on this machine.
Last edited by benchcomptons; 07-05-2003 at 10:52 PM.
Distribution: Whatever I feel like at the time I install.
well you are dealing with a problem like mine in some ways. Compaqs by default only show 16mb of ram when installing linux and anything over like redhat 6.1 won't work with less than 32mb of ram. If I were you I would get the 6.1 cds and start from those.