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Old 08-07-2009, 07:47 AM   #1
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Io Error 104


Hi everytime i try to install any Linux with Desktop envirenent it Stops with Black screen and the last Message which Shows up says that there is fatal io Error 104 this Error Comes by all the Linux distro which i Used. I have 17 mb ram
 
Old 08-07-2009, 08:24 AM   #2
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i'd say 17mb is very (probably too) few...
 
Old 08-07-2009, 08:27 AM   #3
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You are trying to run Linux on very old machine, aren't you? If I am not mistaken, io error 104 reffer to graphical card when having unsupported setting in /etc/X11/xorg.conf (or whatever are you using)
 
Old 08-07-2009, 09:01 AM   #4
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yes the computer is very slow! but i have windows 98 runing on it...
and i mean there has to be a linux out there with a desktop envirement which my computer supports...I tried many but all of them stop at the same place. error 104.
Please help!
 
Old 08-07-2009, 09:29 AM   #5
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muffinmen:

Recent Linux distros are aimed to 500mb or more of RAM, practically impossible to run them in old machines. I have the same experience you have now. I have tried and installed a minimalist distro called Absolute Linux, from here you can download a cd image:
http://www.absolutelinux.org/download.shtml
I have successfully installed Absolute Linux in an old machine, yet it runs very fast.
If it doesn't work you can try this, another small linux: http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.html
Or this--
http://www.tinymelinux.com/doku.php/download

Finally, you can sure install a linux in a 170mb by building it your self (to tell honestly linux even runs in floppy drive, isn't it?) so you can fashion your own custom, use LInux From Scratch, it may require a bit of reading but sure you will solve the problem, get LFS here:
http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/download.html

Hope this helps.

Last edited by malekmustaq; 08-07-2009 at 09:31 AM.
 
Old 08-07-2009, 10:38 AM   #6
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hey the error i postet comes when i try to install damn smal linux!..
please i need a graphical linux on this laptop!
 
Old 08-08-2009, 03:45 AM   #7
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muffinmen:

I'm sorry, I thought you meant 170Mb of RAM, but it reads in fact only 17 Mb. To this limit I am honestly out of experience to share to you. Except my experience long ago for running a Windows 3 over a 16mb RAM in my HP, but this is not what you want.

Maybe you can compile a far smaller one with Linux From Scratch. Get the link I offered you above.

Goodluck.
 
Old 08-08-2009, 02:54 PM   #8
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I would not suggest using LFS (Linux from scratch). 17MB ram would suggest slow machine where compiling would be terribly slow (I once compiled LFS on 75MHz Pentium I with 32MB RAM. Took me nearly two weeks. But yeah results were super ).

Lets solve it step by step. First: Can you specify your machine hardware?

Second: Are you able to run Linux on that machine without X? (say runlevel 3).
 
Old 08-09-2009, 04:20 AM   #9
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The problem comes probably from trying to run a desktop environment because that usually uses a lot of resources and thus requires recent hardware to work decently (or just works.) So I think you need to find or build a super light one.
 
  


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