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Thursday, June 6th, 2002

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My adventures with linux...today...
So, I got Mandrake 8.2 installed on my brothers machine with everything working that he needs. It went pretty smoothly. But, now I have an 80MHz 486DX2 that I want to put debian on to use as a simple webserver. However, the 486's bios does not boot off of a CD. I believe it has something to do with the boot sector size. So, I attempted to start the install of debian from the rescue & root floppies and it fails. I've tried numerous floppies as well as numerous versions of debian (3.0, 2.2, 1.3). That's right...1.3 - nicknamed 'bo'. Anyway, after booting with LOAF (Linux on a Floppy) v2.0 - which turns out to not be very useful (I can't update any packages yet), I discovered that the floppy drive that I'm using is a 1.2mb drive. So, I used the 1.2meg images from debian and it still fails. I'm probably going to go out and buy a 5-pack of brand new floppies - maybe the ones that I was using are no good. They are pretty old. If that doesn't work I'm going to find that spare 1.4 meg floppy drive that I have somewhere and try it with that. Any other suggestions? Anyone else ever have a similar problem installing linux on an older machine?

Current Mood: determined
Ok I am trying to build the e17 source but i am having problems since it is intentionally broken. anyone here ever fixed it and built it?

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