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tyyp88 02-12-2006 08:59 AM

How-to install fedora core to old computer?
I have one 486 PC. I have cdrom but i have no options in bios to make boot from it.

So... does i can boot from floppy and redict the installation to the cdrom or smth like that?!


rjwilmsi 02-12-2006 09:37 AM

Yes, that should work - try Smart Boot Manager. It's available on

kvedaa 02-12-2006 09:55 AM

I suspect that you will be hard pressed to install fedora core, even in a stripped down for on a 486 box (if someone has had success with this, please correct me).

This does not mean that you cannot run linux. Given the state of hardware that you are working with I sould suggest that you aim to use a distro that is focused in being very light weight, such as damn small linux.

On their FAQ page they have an entry on installing DSL (Damn Small Linux) from floppies alone:

Or they have an option on how to create a boot floppy:

There are other options as well.

Good luck,

tyyp88 02-12-2006 10:08 AM

SBM didnt work for this box. I got error message:

thatz all, so any ideas?

I just wanted install basic system without any desktop - only terminal and ssh is that what i need... Im going to use it for a ftp, apache and windows file sharing box. So i thougt maybe i will get it work on fedora or centos...

Does DSL can handle all of it?

kvedaa 02-12-2006 09:31 PM

DSL has an ssh server and client built in. If memory serves it also has a http deamon that can provide basic hosting needs (not apache though). I also seem to recall that it has a samba client installed. You will need a system acting as a Samba server so that it will intergrate into your windows systems. Although you may be able to install a more fullly functioanl samba componet.

But with built in FTP server functionality, it is not to difficult to use this OS a a storage bin for other systems.

Happy hunting.

[MAeStRo] 02-13-2006 03:14 PM

fedora cannot run on 486PC
if you cannot boot from ur cdrom you still can boot from your floppy drive and type linux askmethod command then select your cdrom as your OS source.

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