Another newbie here...
I too want to use an old 486-33. My goal is to learn as much as I can about
Linux. I don't expect performance. My system:
8 mb ram
Phillips 2x CD-Rom
1 HD 120 mbytes
1 HD 420 mbytes
I am planning on devoting the entire (I know it's not much...) machine to
Linux. I have RH5.2.
My problem is that the CD-Rom is not recognized and the installation stops
there. I tried entering various choices of linux hdx=cdrom at the boot:
prompt, but Linux still didn't recognize CD-Rom. This is the only help from RH
Support that seems to be applicable. What is surprising is that the CD-Rom is
listed as one of the few listed as a choice.
RH Support also said if linux hdx-cdrom doesn't work, it could be an IRQ
conflict. This CD worked fine under DOS 6.2 and Win3.1 under IRQ 5 and port
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
> In a nutshell:
> Figure out what purpose you'll be building your machine for (desktop, nfs
> server, proxy server, mail server, web server, etc.)
> Grab a Linux book from a bookstore and start reading.
> Alternatively, if you have another machine on the internet, find the
> HOW-TO's and go to town.
> Gather all pertinent info about your machine: video, Ethernet (if on a
> network), hard disk, etc.
> Load the CD, and boot from the install floppy (your 486 probably won't boot
> from the CD)
> Partition your hard disk and install Linux.
> > I am trying to breath life into an old 486 by installing Linux Red Hat
> > 5.2. I guess I expected it to be as simple as installing Windows 98 or
> > something like that. I don't know anything about partitioning, mounts,
> > parameters, etc. Basically I am very stupid in the matter. The
> > computer is a Compaq Presario 486 (the all-in-one design) with a 400
> > meg hard drive and 40 megs of ram. It is currently running Windows 95,
> > but I want to wipe it clean and install Linux only. I would really
> > appreciate it if someone could walk me through the process.
> > Thanks,
> > Rob
> > Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/
> > Before you buy.