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Old 02-10-2004, 02:22 PM   #1
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Advice for trying Linux on old system


I have an old Win98 system that I don't use much. I'm thinking about using it as a Linux playground. I'm looking for advice about the best (easiest) strategy for doing this. I don't want to completely remove Win98 just yet (at least not until I am certain that Linux works on the system and that I'm comfortable with it).

It is a Compaq Presario 5221 with 64MB RAM. Installing more RAM is an option I'd consider--but I'd like to see how I like Linux before I spend money on memory for a doomed system). It has a 6 GB HD with about 3.5 GB free space (though probably more if I unistalled stuff I don't use anymore). It also has a floppy drive (actually an LS-120 SuperDrive) and CD drive.

Ideally, I'd like to try Linux from a bootable CD first, before I go mucking about with partitions and stuff. However, from what I can tell, this system does not seem to allow booting directly from CD. Is there a way to use a floppy disk to begin the startup and then switch to CD?

If that's not possible, any recommendations for distributions that I can install relatively easily on the HD without wiping out Win98?

Old 02-10-2004, 02:38 PM   #2
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check out for their Live Evaluation CD or look at knoppix for another alternative. the CD should have information on how to boot the CD using a floppy.


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