Hi all, I'm choosing to post here because after exhaustive checking out of many distro's, puppy seemed most user friendly, lots of good tutorials etc. I'm a newbie and I read alot of posts here but couldn't find the answers I needed, so I'm posting and hoping I'm in the right place.
I run both mac and a windows on laptops, but I love the idea that linux makes older computers serviceable again. Plus after a full week of reading about linux ( really, ten hours a day! ) I'm convinced linux will take over the world.
I'm trying to install on a Compaq Presario 5286, 64MB RAM, CPU AMD K6 450 Mhz, HD Samsung SP1614N 160GB.
From my reading I understood that with these specs I could hope to boot at least an earlier version of Puppy. So I tried 1.01. - boot failure. I should say that prior to this I have tried Knoppix, DSL, Devil linux!(early attempt to get something to boot), plus various syslinux versions of the above even a win98 repack - hoping to boot so I can switch over that way.
I am trying to boot from LIveCD because there is absolutely nothing on the HD, it's a leftover external drive. I got the Compaq without the original HD and so obviously no OS.
I have tried various bios settings, as recommended, but the Compaq has no boot menu as such, just Primary IDE enabled/disabled and Secondary IDE enabled/disabled. It also has an MSDOS and Windows or other operating systems toggle, I've tried both but which should be the best?
The drive on this machine says it's a DVD ROM, and it's from 1999, so I'm assuming it's up to installing.
I checked out the ISO burning info at the Puppy site and I'm burning at x4 using the CDCC prog they recommended.
The HD was formatted NTFS which I understood could maybe be read but not written to by linux. I have tried partitioning as Fat32, but I'm a bit stuck because I only have XP so thanks to Microsoft I can only partition up to 32GB. I tried some third party software for this, but I was a bit out of my league and couldn't get it to run. I'm also not sure how to format a swap partition ( I keep reading about this...hmm)
I am booting from CD so actually I don't need a HD yet but I wondered if it was possible to install a file to the HD from another computer and stick it back in the Compaq and boot from that.
Knoppix could start to install but then couldn't find the knoppix file system and dropped me to a very small shell and : knoppix #
Devil linux installed to a point and then asked for login, when in frustration I put in "root", it asked for a password.
Both could find my HD make and model and other devices.
Puppy just fails to boot.
I'm quite tenacious and excited to find out about linux, and I know there is an answer out there, but I've reached the point where I could use a spot of help. If anyone has the time to give me a few pointers I'd be very grateful. Thanks