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Old 11-12-2005, 08:27 AM   #1
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installing on old packard-bell 133mhz/32m ram

Hello all,
I've got a teaser here thats becoming a real pain. I've been trying to get Sarge on this old pentium 133 using rawrite and the cdrom.img on the debian sarge distro and not having much luck. The problem is this thing won't boot the cdrom.img floppy and ,of course it won't even see the cdrom. I almost had it at one time by first using rawrite with an older Mandrake 9.0 cdrom.img and installing that distro ( it oddly installs just fine ) but the sarge cdrom.img on a floppy won't boot, indeed it won't even read the floppy, it just sits there with a blinking cursor. So I went ahead and installed LM 9.0 then tried to modify /etc/lilo.conf to load a sarge ramdisk at boot and it almost worked..but alas it locked up about a third of the way thru install. Anybody out there had any similar problems and did you find a solution? thanks...
Old 11-12-2005, 09:25 AM   #2
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If you have a network connection, one thing you might try is to do a base install of Woody, using it's floppy disk install images. You'll need 6 floppies, 1 each for boot and rescue, and 4 for the drivers. It's basically like the Sarge net-install, but on floppies. You could also do a base isntall in this way using a Woody CD instead of a network connection. The only caveat versus the Sarge installer is that you'll need to know about the hardware on the machine beforehand - what NIC module to use and such.
Once you get to a base install, dist-upgrade to Sarge and you should be good to go.



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