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Old 09-24-2004, 12:50 PM   #1
Thanatos
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Which Linux


OK, I've got damnsmall on a CD & an Amigo folder /linux. I'm trying to install some form of linux on hda5 with hda6 as swap. The hda 3 & 4 are my old second HD. Cfdisk shows hda5 as linux ext2. For some reason, neither linux will use that drive. Is there any linux that I can download on my HD & install to my computer from a DOS prompt?? I don't have a CD-RW & use 56k dial-up. I have to use my step-father's for big downloads & to burn CDs. Maybe a linux as an .exe, to copy to a CD & run on my computer?? I really want some form of linux. My computer is equipped with:

64MB, SDRAM
56K, PCI, V.90, US Robotics Modem
ATI 8MB 3D 2X AGP Video
Toshiba CD_ROM, XM-6402B
ATI 3D Rage Pro (atir3)
Celeron 333 Processor
Yamaha Sound Card
120G Barracuda ST3120026A
6.0G Maxtor 90645D3

It ain't much, but all I can afford for now. Disability doesn't pay squat. Thanks.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 02:51 PM   #2
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There's no .exe file for linux. You'll need a CD (burn the ISO image to the cd and reboot with the CD in). If you want to have programs to choose from it would be best to burn all the CDs or buy them from a shop (for cheap and you don't have to dowload and burn)
 
Old 09-24-2004, 02:56 PM   #3
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I guess I'll have to buy a CD. Which linux would work & support this old monster of mine?? Thanks.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 03:34 PM   #4
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There are probably any number of Linux flavors that would run on it. You won't want all of the newer features though, for instance your machine won't run the latest desktops smoothly.

Have you looked at the list of distributions to get an idea?
http://www.linux.org/dist/index.html
 
Old 09-24-2004, 04:56 PM   #5
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you've got damn small on CD, why not just install that and apt-get whatever else you need?
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/dsl-hd-install.html
 
Old 09-24-2004, 05:58 PM   #6
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I keep trying. All the ideas they give me on the DSL Forum don't pan out. Also, they don't support my modem. Cfdisk shows the two linux drives for me to work with. DSL doesn't want to recognize them. I'll keep trying & may tomorrow, redo the total partition thing using only cfdisk. I have been partitioning with the Seagate tools that came with my HD. Then I use cfdisk in DSL or Amigo to reformat the two drives. I'll keep playing. Someday I may get it by accident. That's part of how I know Windows so well. Thanks.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 06:33 PM   #7
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delete/remake the partitions in cfdisk, leaving them as plain linux (code 83, i think it is, code 82 for the swap), write to disk and then reboot to verify the changes. you said hda5 was ext2, but the install page says DSL will make the filesystem itself. so maybe that would work.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 07:34 PM   #8
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I'll try that. Is there any way I can make a drive accessable to Windows & linx without to much trouble in either??
 
Old 09-24-2004, 08:45 PM   #9
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For each distribution, there is a hardware compatibility list.
Here's some of them. Can't recommend any distribution.
You got to check each distribution list.

Sheng-Chieh

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Hardware Compatibility
Mandrake http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/hardware.php3
Red Hat http://hardware.redhat.com/hcl/?pagename=hcl
OpenLinux http://wdb1.caldera.com/chwp/owa/hch..._wizard.screen
Suse http://hardwaredb.suse.de/index.php?LANG=en_UK
Xandros http://www.xandros.net/hcl.html
TurboLinux http://www.turbolinux.com/hcl/TTlist.html
Knoppix http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
YellowDogLinux http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/suppor...kdown/index.ph
p
ClarkConnect http://www.clarkconnect.org/info/requirements.html
Asp-Linux http://www.asp-linux.com/docs/hardware.shtml
Easilize http://www.easilize.com/requirements.html
Libranet http://www.libranet.com/system_requirements.html
Icepack-Linux http://www.icepack-linux.com/hardware.html
EvilEntity http://undeadlinux.com/evile/req.php
IPCop http://www.ipcop.org/cgi-bin/twiki/v...op/IPCopHCLv01
Lindows http://www.lindows.com/lindows_hwsw_compatibility.php
PLD http://pld-linux.org/installer-requirements.html
GeeXBoX http://geexbox.free.fr/us/pages/require.html
MiniCD http://minicd.berlios.de/modules.php...le=index&myfaq
=yes&id_cat=1&categories=General&parent_id=0
LinuxConsole http://linuxconsole.free.fr/requirements.php?langue=en
LiveLinux http://nwst.de/livelinuxcd/lilinux.p...tm/en_dist.htm
Tech Linux http://www.techlinux.com.br/compat.shtml
BearOps Linux http://www.bearops.com/support/bearo...pter1.html#Sys
tem%20Requirements << (with support / propganda, looks easy distro)
CensorNet http://www.intrago.co.uk/products/censornet.php?sc=4
Devil Linux http://www.devil-linux.org/
Debian http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...en.html#s-hard
ware-supported
Slackware http://slackware.com/install/sysreq.php
Linux Hardware http://www.eskimo.com/~lo/linux/hardwarelinks.html (general)
Linux Hardware.net http://www.linuxhardware.net/ (general)
intel http://support.intel.com/support/gra...inux/index.htm (general)
FreeBSD-5.0-i386 http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.0R/hardware-i386.html
OpenBSD-i386 http://openbsd.org/i386.html#hardware
NetBSD-i386 http://netbsd.org/Ports/i386/hardware.html
NetBSD-Ports http://netbsd.org/Ports/
http://www4.tomshardware.com/howto/20040329/index.html (beginner)
 
Old 09-24-2004, 09:34 PM   #10
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Looked through a few. Going to be hard to find anything to support this old monster. My 'USRobotics/3COM 56K Voice PCI Modem" is a total no show. Looks like I'll have to check on a new modem of some kind. That will come after the CD-RW/DVD drive & new soundcard. Hell, I'll play with Amigo & DSL until then. Good Lord willin', I'll figure something out. Thanks.
 
  


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