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After many hours of trawling the web for linux switches to allow me to install RH9 I finally managed to get through to the graphical installation program.
I wanted to set my machine up so that it's got a web server, mysql, GUI of sorts and some development tools. So I picked a server installation.
I picked what I needed and a good few where curiosity got the better of me and proceded to install the packages.
After rebooting the system being full of the joys of looking forward to a new OS it seemed to run up pretty sharpish until I got to the GUI.
I logged in and waited 2 hours whilst listening to the HDD thrashing away. A couple of error messages popped up regarding sound cards but thats OK because I don't have one. It took me about ten minutes to acknowledge this to the system and then I finally got p!$$&d off after another half hour of waiting and BGB'd it (Big Grey Button'd).
I've checked my machine against the specs on my RH9 1 CD and my machine should be fine (I think).
I've got a Compaq ProLiant 5000 4 x 200 Mhz P Pro, 192Mb, 3 x 2.1Gb and 1 x 9.1Gb. Thoughts ?
Does RH9 do something wacky when it starts up for the first time like complie all the code for all the programs you need?
Distribution: Windows XP, yup :D Will be back onto Ubuntu probably someday
Maybe try getting a new graphics card to speed up the graphical display.
But first try WindowMaker, which is less graphics intensive than KDE and Gnome. Just type: switchdesk WindowMaker (enter) startx (enter)
I think you should go with Slackware 8.1. In the first two weeks with Slack, I've got twice more gray hairs then I usually had and half of it I almost tear apart.(and I'm only 23, got my first white hair at 15) I've been using Mandrake for an year, then switch to RedHat for 7 months and few weeks ago to Slackware. It's just amazing the speed difference you get on it. But be ready to push your hands thru the door often. At the end, Slack with blackbox is quite worthy for speed/stability , just my two swedish crowns
Yes, Gary, I'm afraid that system is too dated for RH 9, even with 4xP200's. Maybe there's some way to break it down and MAKE it work, but I'm a newbie so I may be waayy off base.
RH 9 says it's minimum recommended system is PII-400 processor-based. I'm running it on a Compaq Armada 1750 (PII-350 proc.) w/128M RAM and 6GHD.
You could probably run a 6.2 RH version on your system though, I'm running that on a single processor P200 MMX system. Waiting for some programs (like Netscape) to come up the first time is agonizing, other than that it seems OK.
I just remembered though, I originally installed it on a PII-400. I moved the HD to a P200MMX system later. Don't know if this makes a difference, but it is running fine currently.
I've just found something on a different thread that has got the old cogs going.
When I installed I typed "linux mem=exactmap mem=640K@0 mem=191MB@1M" this was how I managed to get it to install.
However I am using GRUB and from what I have read so far GRUB and Compaq's don't mix.
I think I'll re-install except pick LILO as my boot loader with Window Maker as the GUI. The trick from there will be for this long serving soon to be ex-Windows user to suss out editing the lilo configuration file so that it does it every time.
If that all fails another distribution will be in order but if anyone knows any tricks to aid the path of installation glory I'd be really happy to hear from you.
I'm not sure why you need to do a command-line install. ( ). Must be because you are using multiple processors, I assume. So far I've just booted from the CD and run the default install, pretty much, on my single-CPU systems.
If GRUB doesn't "get along" with Compaqs, I guess my installs have been flukes? These Compaqs have a 10 or 15M partition that holds CMOS configuration programming, maybe GRUB doesn't take that into consideration by default? I figured I'd have no trouble as long as I didn't ask the install wizard to wipe the entire disk, just Linux partitions. I did have issues the first time I installed though, because the wizard didn't have an option to wipe just the main partition on the (originally WinNT-ntfs) system, and I had to manually partition the Linux system. I think I made the swap partition too small, anyway I couldn't boot to the GUI. I was then able to run the install again, select the "delete all Linux" partitions options and run the default install, which automatically partitioned the area it cleared.