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Old 10-29-2005, 10:14 AM   #1
A2TheRizzo
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Help With Distro


Ok, well I have an old Dell Dimmension Desktop pc with pentiumII processor. I only have 64 MB of ram, and I used to have Windows 98 until I accidentally reformatted without saving anything. I just tried to install Slackware last night but all I get its a screen full of 99s. Please help me!!

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Old 10-29-2005, 10:25 AM   #2
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Isn't that something to do with lilo, the 99s? Did a quick search, here's a post that might help.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ghlight=999999

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Old 10-29-2005, 10:38 AM   #3
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take this quiz:
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

it should tell you the type of distro that suits your personality.

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Old 10-29-2005, 12:36 PM   #4
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Happy Birthday Titanium_Geek
 
Old 10-29-2005, 01:54 PM   #5
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i reccoment that you give dsl linux a try its only 50 megs and it shopul run on most any machine it even runs on a 486dx with 16 megs or ram

check ou their website
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ they will give you the full specs it even runs off of a usb flash memory stick.
 
Old 10-29-2005, 02:04 PM   #6
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Okay I just took the quiz, it said Mandriva was a perfect match..
I tried booting slackware once more, it still couldn't find vmloadlinuz, and then it said the kernel panicked.. Is there any way to remove slackware from my computer so I can try and install Mandriva?? Oh, and Damn Small Linux was what I was using before, I want to try and use a stationary OS.
 
Old 10-29-2005, 02:06 PM   #7
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Just install Mandrake from disk and tell it to use the Slackware partition - it will overwrite it all.
 
Old 10-29-2005, 02:08 PM   #8
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I just tried that, I get the Lilo error message with a screen full of 99's.
 
Old 10-29-2005, 03:01 PM   #9
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ok, so you installed mandrake succesfully and still are getting the errors?

can you get in using some kind of boot floppy and reconfigure the bootloader?

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Old 10-29-2005, 03:11 PM   #10
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Feather Linux is a very capable distro for old hardware and has a few more features than Damn Small Linux.
 
Old 10-29-2005, 03:45 PM   #11
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Ok well I just wiped Slackware clean off my hard disk, and I currently have DSL up and running at the moment. I really want to access the internet I have a netgear usb adapter but the install cd is for windows only . Isn't there a program where I can run windows programs in Linux?
 
Old 10-29-2005, 04:16 PM   #12
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Happy Birthday t_g!
 
Old 10-29-2005, 04:28 PM   #13
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Isn't there a program where I can run windows programs in Linux?
it's called wine

thanks charred and everyone- it's been a good birthday.

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Old 10-29-2005, 04:34 PM   #14
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No, thank you t_g. You've been a lot of help to me!!
 
Old 10-30-2005, 12:11 AM   #15
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if you didnt know you can install dsl to a hard drive, the frugal instyall is very similar tothe cd and there is another install that will make it in to a working debian distro
 
  


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