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Old 08-09-2008, 03:08 PM   #1
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slackware floppy install


I'm trying to install slackware on my laptop(thinkpad 760ed). I've tried dsl, and for some reason it doesn't like the laptop, i can only set my display to 640x480x4 and I really didn't like it anyhow. I tried debian but it complained that I didn't have enough ram(32 mb). I read that slackware can install on a 386 /w 16 mb ram. the only problem is the floppy install ether does hard drive, mounted folder, cd or NFS, no http of ftp. and I don't have a cdrom in that laptop, the dvd image is 3 gb and won't fit on the 2 gb hdd, and i don't have an nfs server, just a windows xp desktop. Is there any other way?
 
Old 08-09-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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I believe that the combination of 32 MB RAM and the 2 GB disk pretty much disqualifies this machine from running anything but Windows for Workgroups. There are some Linux distributions that will run with 64 MB RAM that are okay. Trying to get Slackware or any other distribution installed and running on your machine would be a hobby for someone who is expert at Linux. I'm sorry for the bad news but if it is possible then it would be a difficult assignment with poor results.

If you really want to try Linux you will need a machine with at least 256 MB RAM and 10 GB disk space.

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Old 08-09-2008, 06:25 PM   #3
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I believe that the combination of 32 MB RAM and the 2 GB disk pretty much disqualifies this machine from running anything but Windows for Workgroups.
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If you really want to try Linux you will need a machine with at least 256 MB RAM and 10 GB disk space.

Not really, I think Deli Linux can run well on that.
Of course it is a really cut down distro.

FreeDOS with some GUI can be good too.
GeekOS can produce excellent results

It can also be used as a router or a thin client.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 06:55 AM   #4
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I believe that the combination of 32 MB RAM and the 2 GB disk pretty much disqualifies this machine from running anything but Windows for Workgroups. There are some Linux distributions that will run with 64 MB RAM that are okay. Trying to get Slackware or any other distribution installed and running on your machine would be a hobby for someone who is expert at Linux. I'm sorry for the bad news but if it is possible then it would be a difficult assignment with poor results.

If you really want to try Linux you will need a machine with at least 256 MB RAM and 10 GB disk space.
I have 2 other computers it's not like i'm doing this to make it my primary computer, I'm doing it for the challenge. to say i can do it and maybe learn a few things on the way. Dos and windows up to 95 would be too easy and i think without a cdrom nt 4.0 and 98 would be impossible. and anything newer than 98 even with a cdrom wouldn't run on 32 mb.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 09:39 PM   #5
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DSL is absolutely your best bet:

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
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Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution.

Damn Small is small enough and smart enough to do the following things:

* Boot from a business card CD as a live linux distribution (LiveCD)
* Boot from a USB pen drive
* Boot from within a host operating system (that's right, it can run *inside* Windows)
* Run very nicely from an IDE Compact Flash drive via a method we call "frugal install"
* Transform into a Debian OS with a traditional hard drive install
* Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram
* Run fully in RAM with as little as 128MB (you will be amazed at how fast your computer can be!)
* Modularly grow -- DSL is highly extendable without the need to customize
If you don't like the 640x480 is defaults to, and you want a "challenge" ... then tinker with the X configuration:

http://www.x-dsl.org/wiki/Main_Page

Just a thought...

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Old 08-12-2008, 05:19 AM   #6
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I know there exist NFS servers for Window$, if you have usb stick you can use that:
http://www.slackware.com/~alien/tools/usbinstall/12.0/

You can also try:
http://www.live-modules.org/download....php?subcat=50
but it's offline at the moment, it would usually allow for ftp install.
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I believe that the combination of 32 MB RAM and the 2 GB disk pretty much disqualifies this machine from running anything but Windows for Workgroups. There are some Linux distributions that will run with 64 MB RAM that are okay. Trying to get Slackware or any other distribution installed and running on your machine would be a hobby for someone who is expert at Linux. I'm sorry for the bad news but if it is possible then it would be a difficult assignment with poor results.

If you really want to try Linux you will need a machine with at least 256 MB RAM and 10 GB disk space.
You've been using Kubuntu and other bloated distros way too long, they have affected your mind.

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Old 08-12-2008, 01:58 PM   #7
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You can create a usb installer on a flash drive, use the Windows machine as your network server, and install that way. I had to do that on one old laptop that had a failed cdrom. Worked like a charm.

The usb boot image can be found on the Slack mirrors.
 
  


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