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Old 02-11-2005, 04:55 PM   #1
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Debian install segfaults repeatedly on ancient laptops

I have an old laptop (Pentium 100 Mhz, 1.3GB HD, 32 MB RAM) and am trying to install Linux on it. The Debian install program repeatedly segfaults, and I have not even come close to completing the install. Should I try Slack, or should I just let it go and try a newer laptop? And, this laptop does have a CD-ROM drive, but is Slack still installable from floppies? That may be the best way to do it; I suspect that the CD-ROM may be in questionable shape.
Old 02-12-2005, 04:55 AM   #2
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You can install slack from floppies as far as i know. Its probably easiest if you can get a little network up coz that way most the packages can be zipped over the wire. You'll have to install the base packages on the laptop first but that should only be a few floppies.

What version of debian are you trying to install? I had a beta of Debian 3.0 which segfaulted at a certain spot on my machine and I just went back to slack. Just make sure you are using the stable branch if you're using another as it could be this.




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