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Old 07-07-2004, 11:53 AM   #1
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Mandrake 9.1 install on 486

I have an old 486 at home. It does not have a cd-rom. I am trying to get a Linux Proxy Server to install on the box. I installed a cd-rom on it and although it read the cd-rom ok, it would not boot from the cd-rom because it recognised it as a harddrive on boot. It will only allow me to boot from a floppy or the hard-drive, checked the bios and no options for booting from cd-rom. Took the 486 hard drive to another machine and installed linux. Took back the hard-drive and put it on 486. Not working Kernel panic no intit.
Old 07-07-2004, 12:06 PM   #2
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try using the cd to make a boot floppy. once booted you can install from cd.
Old 07-07-2004, 12:25 PM   #3
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Don't you think that you are asking a bit much from a 486? ? ?

I mean, there are plenty of distros for old hardware. . . MDK is not one of them.
Old 07-07-2004, 08:25 PM   #4
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I've read somewhere Mandrake is only for Pentium class hardware. Not suited to a 486 machine.
Old 07-08-2004, 04:47 AM   #5
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well u cant install mandrake on 486 machine as it is made for pentium require around minimum 64 MB of ram ...

486 machine have 100 bus speed so they cant have a 64 MB of ram which is core requirement of Mandrake

Old 07-08-2004, 11:42 AM   #6
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I thought that maybe, not installing an x server would make MDK compatible, just running with bash. Would running a non MDK proxy server on a 486 slow down my home network a lot?
Thanks for help.


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