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Old 03-26-2003, 06:01 PM   #1
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Question How to install mandrake 8.1

I am a total newbie at linux, but my kid and i want to learn it as something new.

A friend of mine gave me the 3 cd set of mandrake 8.1 and a computer to install it on.

It is a dual pentium pro 200mhz machine with a 4 gig ide hard drive and 256 megs of ram.

One of the problems is the motherboard (a tyan titan-pro) is that the motherboard does not allow booting to the cd, only either a or c.

Now how do i make a boot floppy? i have access to other systems at my house like win2k and winxp if that makes a difference and they will boot to the cd if booting to the cd will allow me to then create the boot floppies.

Next question, since its only a dual pentium pro 200 mhz, what kind of gui can i run on this machine??

And is mandrake 8.1 a good release for that kind of system?

Old 03-26-2003, 06:40 PM   #2
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if ur motherboard won't let you boot form cd here's what u need to do

go here

go to dosutils directory, and get rawrite.exe file
then go back to main directory and go to images directory and choose cdrom.img

have a formmatted floppy and two files in the directory then double click on rawrite.exe it will prompt you what's the name of the image u want to boot from type cdrom.img
then it will rpobably ask you where to write the bootdisk so just type A:

wait til process finish

then just start form pc form floppy disk, and everything should work fine. Hope this helps.

MDK8.1 is good for this machine
Old 03-26-2003, 06:48 PM   #3
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well just after i posted my message, i decided to go to and check out bios upgrades.
found one that took it from 3.03 to 5.01 or something like that. flashed my bios (no problems), rebooted and went into bios settings.

i know have support for booting to the cd (and scsi, zip, etc).

sweet. and i tested it with a bootable win xp cd and sure enough, it booted fine to it.

so that takes care of a big pain in the butt issue.

i am curious, sure 8.1 should be good for this machine, but what about mandrake 9.1?? would that just be too slow? i am downlaoding the iso's anyways..
Old 03-26-2003, 06:52 PM   #4
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omg , now just saw DUAL,
not slow at all, even with 9.1
now just choose packages to fill your HD (4gb eeek)


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