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Old 03-14-2004, 11:38 AM   #16
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Re: Compaq Deskpro

Originally posted by tandhlinux
Just seen this post, and a quick word of warning. I have a Compaq Deskpro running various versions of linux at one time or another. I have found major problems in the BIOS Compaq use and getting into it. I tried a 20G hard disk in it and it failed to detect it. 6.3G was ok though.

I agree with the other posts here. Go straight for a Linux box and be prepared for lots of reading.

Good luck!

Dear tandhlinux


How are you and firstly thanks for breaking my Newbie fear down. Somebody else is using the same hardware system!!!!

Well, I have been trying to track down the person who owned the compaq to remove WIN98. It would seem that the BIOS was not originally designed for linux OS. I do have some fantastic news for my part.

I went into the city (Chicago) and happily this is what I was able to acquire over the last few weeks.

One OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 (User's Guide by Caldera systems)
Three disks: (1) Source Code (2) Binaries and Installation
(3) Installation from Windows and Commercial Packages (original disks)

One Que Special Edition: Using Caldera open Linux (no CD-Rom)
I wasn't complaining!!!!

Two Disks for Red Hat Linux 7.2 and
Three Disks for Mandrake 8.1 which includes (supplemental and extras)

Have you worked with a (master and slave) harddrives??
Will it be compatible to install as the slave or master the Linux system??

I know that I need to just start experimenting, reading, learning from this fantastic questions web site and most importantly getting all those mistakes under my belt.

Again, thanks for your reply and giving me some insight about compaq!!
Have a great summer

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Old 03-14-2004, 11:58 AM   #17
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Originally posted by Nick1104
I would recommend a separate computer for linux if that's doable for you. The nice thing is that you can experiment and learn while you still have a back-up computer.

Regarding books, I have about a half dozen really recent ones that I refer to. Try to locate books that are not too advanced if you are just starting out. I went to Barnes & Noble and Borders and spent time reading through a number of books to see what was at my level. Yes, Running Linux is a great book, I have it. However, you'll want a couple others because sometimes a topic is covered better in one book rather than another.

Very best,

I went into the city (Chicago) and obtained some books and software.
openlinux e desktop 2.4 Caldera (original disks and users guide)
Red Hat 7.2
Mandrake 8.1

Thanks for your comment
Old 03-14-2004, 12:01 PM   #18
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Originally posted by rnturn
Hey! How's life down there in the NW 'burbs? :-)

Your computer is old enough that I'm doubting that it has a CD-R/RW drive in it which would make downloading a distribution somewhat useless. Therefore purchasing a copy of Linux may be your best bet. (You might see if that Best Buy over on Golf Rd. still has copies of RH 9.0 :-) ). One nice thing about the boxed version is that it has a manuals in it. They aren't going to be the only thing you'll want on hand as you're leaning Linux, though. If you are leaning toward Red Hat, some of the books on, say, RH 8 or RH 9 had CDs in the back. That could be a good way to get started: a book and the CDs all in one package.

Someone else mentioned that your hard disk may be too small to try loading Linux and Windows. You can get 40GB drives for around 65 dollars that you might be able to install in the system and load Linus on that leaving Windows alone. The trouble is that a PC of that vintage may not be able to use a disk of that size as the BIOS might not recognize it. You could, next time the computer show hits town, see if you can pick up another 3GB disk to dedicate for Linux. (BTW, there's one up in Gurnee on 03/07.)


see tandhlinux for information, thanks for your comments and insight.
Old 03-14-2004, 12:05 PM   #19
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Originally posted by clinton
Take a look at "Linux in a nutshell, 4th Ed." It's an O'Reilly book and I find it very useful, particularly because it lists every Linux command (chmod, ls, etc. etc.) and all their options.

Of course, you can get all that from the man pages, but this has examples, etc. Not necessary, but nice to have handy

Thanks for your comments, I did some heavy traveling in the city (Chicago) and obtained books and disks. please see tandhlinux


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