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Old 11-14-2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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puppy linux 3.01 retro help partitioning and installing to old armada 100s please


I'm new to linux and have an old laptop did clean reinstall windows 98 but no updates, and now burnt iso image to cd on other pc and used it to try running puppy linux 3.01 on the compaq armada laptop (spec 56.0MB RAM, AMD-K6(tm)-III Processor used space 645MB free 3.80GB). I chose this older version as I think I'd read that this is more suitable for older slow computers. I am interested in running linux fully without windows 98 or with it. Running from CD I have to select Xvesa I think as Xorg didn't seem to work. Tried partitioning but in GParted find myself unable to amend the size of partitions - got yellow exclamation mark next to the partitions. What I see is: greyed out unallocated 7.38MB, then /dev/hda1 yellow exclamation mark filesystem unknown 206.72MB, /dev/hda2 yellow exclamation fat32 4.45GB. It does not allow resizing when I try. Associated with the yellow exclamation marks is the warning "unable to read the contents of this filesystem! Because of this some operations may be unavailable. I have done a defragment of C in windows already.

(Also haven't been able to connect to internet on linnux with my wireless card.)

I'm not experienced at this so please make any adice clear and I'm very grateful for any help - how to partitiion for hard-drive installation of puppy.

Thanks so much, Nicola
Old 11-14-2009, 07:07 AM   #2
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you could try just copying the main Puppy files into C:\ as a min install & see how that goes.
or, you could run Puppy from the cd, with the usual 512Mb swap-file & the other files that it copies across.
Also try a older still Puppy, say V2.16 ..
Old 11-14-2009, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thank you for replying.

I am uncertain how I would make a swap partition as GParted was not allowing me to do this - any ideas please?

Regarding the option of copying the files to C, I have the ISO image file on a CD - what exactly would I copy onto C drive please and how would I then run puppy from such files, please?

(Maybe will try even older version but not at the moment am away from home with no discs to copy from downloading or perhaps could use USB memory stick...)

Am very grateful for any guidance and help, Nicola


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