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Old 03-14-2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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How can I copy a complete Linux install to another PC with different hardware


I want to install Debian on an old PC with a CPU that doesnt have an FPU. The installer won't run on it because it expects the FPU.

So I just installed Debian etch on a normal PC. What I want to do is recompile the kernel to enable math emulation (I know how to do this), and then transfer the kernel across to the old PC that is only running an i486sx.

Can I simply take the hard disk out of the new PC and put it in the old PC? I figured any differences in hardware would be detected on boot, thats the whole idea of it being modular right?.. or must I run the installer in order for it to work?

Any help appreciated. Thanks.
Old 03-14-2009, 09:00 PM   #2
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you can try using mondo. or you can use clonezilla both are free.

clonezilla is like norton ghost

mondo is more like backup exec.


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