Problems with low memory install

Problems with low memory install

Post by Chang Eric Y (2 » Sat, 20 May 1995 04:00:00

Hi.  I am having problems installing Linux on a Compaq 386/25 Deskpro
with 3 MB.  I want to just get a trial version running before I go out
and buy more memory.  When I boot the system, I enter:


to use a blank 3.5" diskette in drive b: as the ramdrive.  Is this
correct?  The boot is successful, but the root install (second floppy)
fails with a UMSDOS info line (not an error message, the system hangs).
Thanks in advance for any help.

By the way, I am using a Future Domain 830 SCSI card and it says it
is not recognized.  It is in the hardware list as being recognized, though.
Do I need to patch something or add something to the install?  Thanks, Eric


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Argh!  So close!

I'm installing Debian because it is the only one I've seen that even talks
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This is an old, Ascentia 800N laptop, 4M ram, something round 512M

Partitions are 300+M Linux native, 2M minix for temp install, and 82M+  for
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Using the Debian low-mem install.  All goes well until booting from the
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Several messages appear during startup, exclaiming they cannot allocate
modprobe complains its out of memory
grep complains about memory cannot map zero-fill pages: cannot allocate memory

Argh!  Has anybody managed to pull this off?  Do you have any pointers?
I'll trade Shiner Bock for some good hints (srma)!


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