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Old 06-23-2005, 02:36 PM   #1
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Cannot boot from CD

I'm new to Linux and I'd like to install a distribution, any distribution on my old computer. Here's what it's running:

133 Mhz Pentium I
4x CD drive

My only problem is that as far as I can tell, most Linux distros require to boot from a CD to install them. I've tried everything to get into the BIOS for the old computer so I can change the boot order, but nothing seems to work. So I guess my question is, which Linux distros have for example, a setup.exe file that can just be run from the command prompt to install it, or where can I find a boot floppy of some sort that will allow me to boot from a CD?

Any help is appreciated and if you have any recommendations for a distro that can act as a secure file server, that'd be nice too. Thanks!
Old 06-23-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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Just do a search for the bootfloppy on google.
BTW you should use a smaller distro like debian, slackware, DSL, Feather, DeLi, and a whole bunch of others that you can put on it.
DO NOT put something like Mandriva or SUSE on it.
Old 06-23-2005, 06:19 PM   #3
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I installed Smart Boot Manager on an old laptop with similar specs and was able to install Debian from CD. However, I ran into some problems with overwriting the MBR, which is where Smart Boot Manager is installed. I think the best bet for you is to do a net install of something like Debian. That way you'll just need a floppy to set it up (assuming you have an ethernet card that works for that system).
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I found this tutorial is quite ok. I installed it by booting from floppy.


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