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Old 12-31-2004, 11:08 AM   #1
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ok, im very new to linux, all ive used is suse 9.1 on P3. Im trying to build a little computer for my 10 year old sister. It is an intel 486 running at 33mhz, and has two floppy drives. I want to put a cdrom in there but im not even sure if it will work.
She needs a gui, be able to listen music, type some stuff in open office, and play simple 2d games like minesweeper and such.
I have no clue how to proceed with the installation, I want to install slackware with blackbox.
Any info on the installation would be helpful. Is and all floppy installation possible, and how.
 
Old 12-31-2004, 11:28 AM   #2
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hi there, ( welcome at LQ )

first try to install that cd -rom, that'll save you alot of trouble.
if nogood, do you have a networkcard or so , and another pc. ?
( that could also work )

i wouldn't think about a floppy-install, and a network conn....it's always very handy.

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Old 12-31-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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ok, the cdrom doesnt work, and a no go for the network. It as a serial and parralel port. Could i install over those?
 
Old 12-31-2004, 05:39 PM   #4
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jip, you can use the parallel port to connect to another pc.
it's called PLIP ( parallel port ip )

here's a howto :

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/PLIP-Install-HOWTO.html

there's a chapter on Slackware-installation.

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Old 12-31-2004, 06:15 PM   #5
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She is going to be using it as just a terminal to access your box? I never got to try that on my 486 before it died so I dunno, but otherwise I'd have to ask how much RAM and storage and what kind of video card there is on that box? Because even with oodles of all of it, I don't know how well a GUI and OOo are going to work and, unless we're just talking streaming, most 486 HDs won't hold a lot of mp3s, especially with X and OOo already on there. And since you talk about putting blackbox on it, that's what it sounds like.

My 486SX had 8MB RAM and a 102MB hard drive with... crap. I forget now, but a nothing video card. I could get an *old* version X to *load* on BasicLinux (which is based on an old and radically cut down busybox/Slackware) but you couldn't really do anything with it. I'm sure your specs are better than that, but it still sounds impossible.

I mean, OOo kinda creeps on my 1.1GHz Athlon w/512MB RAM.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 10:57 AM   #6
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ok, it came with an 500mb hdd, but i wana put in there a spare 8gb I have. It has 640kb base memory and 7168 extended. The video card is pretty could for those days, The computer was used origanaly for autocad design.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 03:11 PM   #7
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Yeah, that's not going to happen, I'm afraid. For instance, for OOo

# Pentium-compatible PC or higher
# 64 MBytes RAM recommended
# 250 Mbytes hard disk space

I mean, as I say, even an old bare X will barely load on a 25/8 and I don't think a 33/8 would make much difference. You *do* have room for some audio files, though, and mpg321/ogg123 or mp3blaster are cool.

But, as I say, I've never exploited all of Linux's networking capabilities, but it sounds like that may be an option.
 
  


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