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Old 09-08-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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Which distros include the 2.4 kernel...


Hi all, I'm looking for a distro that will run on my old TOSHIBA 480CDT laptop - I'm told that the hardware will only work on the 2.4 kernel - but what distros are there around that give the option of booting from the 2.4 kernel at the start of the install process? (Preferably not a 14cd download for debian). Thanks
 
Old 09-08-2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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Debian stable, you don't need all 14 cds unless you need some off the wall stuff, will this computer be hooked up to the internet? You can download all the packages that you don't get from the first CD off the net.

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Old 09-08-2006, 01:44 PM   #3
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Slackware 10.2 comes with the 2.4.31 kernel as standard, with options to install a 2.6.?? kernel and it was a 2 cd download.

I've had it running without any problems on a Toshiba 4100XCDT, perhaps a bit newer than the 480CDT you mention.

HTH
 
Old 09-08-2006, 01:45 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jungleking
Hi all, I'm looking for a distro that will run on my old TOSHIBA 480CDT laptop - I'm told that the hardware will only work on the 2.4 kernel - but what distros are there around that give the option of booting from the 2.4 kernel at the start of the install process? (Preferably not a 14cd download for debian). Thanks
Hardware only works on 2.4 kernel...that's strange because if you use 2.6, it should work on any hardware even if it's old. Try slackware, it has the 2.4 install by default. If you want you can upgrade to 2.6 later.

Best way is to try a live-cd before you install any distro. Check if your hardware works and then install whatever you like.

Tux,

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Old 09-08-2006, 01:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the responses - I'm download debian cd1 now, will try slackware if this fails.
 
Old 09-08-2006, 03:28 PM   #6
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Can we have the specs for the Laptop. You might also want to try Zenwalk. That is the distro I use for my Laptop. I agree with tuxrules though. Whatever works with 2.4 will work with 2.6.
 
Old 09-09-2006, 03:52 AM   #7
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I know it seems strange, but the only distro I have got to install on my machine is DSL which happens to run the 2.4 kernel, debian xubuntu vector linux fedora core have all failed during the install process - the specs of the laptop are available here. Thanks.
 
Old 09-09-2006, 02:57 PM   #8
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Debian Sarge installs a 2.4 kernel by default.
 
Old 09-09-2006, 03:52 PM   #9
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Gentoo

I would suggest trying Gentoo linux out. You would be able to compile your kernel in install process which could be very helpful if you need things to be added or left out of your kernel.
 
  


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