SX's and Linux?

SX's and Linux?

Post by Akia » Mon, 06 Jan 1997 04:00:00



Hi,

I'm getting conflicting reports on running Linux on a 386sx-40...

in Linux: Getting Started (which came w/ "slackware 2.2") it claims that
a 386sx is fine (specifically noting even the lowly 386sx-16
specifically).

in Linux Configuration & Installation (2nd edition includes Slackware96
(2.0 Kernel)) it says don't even bother to try.

what I want to do is setup the drives (2 512M scsi drives on a
aha-1542F) and then move the drives/controller into a more capable
machine....probably a 486DX2-66 (yea...the idea is to run linux on the
orphan at least for a while).

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SX's and Linux?

Post by david parso » Mon, 06 Jan 1997 04:00:00



>Hi,

>I'm getting conflicting reports on running Linux on a 386sx-40...

 It runs on 386sx's.  I've got an old 386sx motherboard lying around
 here that I use for kernel feature testing, and it at least boots
 1.2.13 kernels without complaint.

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SX's and Linux?

Post by Daniel Jimen » Tue, 07 Jan 1997 04:00:00



>Hi,

>I'm getting conflicting reports on running Linux on a 386sx-40...

>in Linux: Getting Started (which came w/ "slackware 2.2") it claims that
>a 386sx is fine (specifically noting even the lowly 386sx-16
>specifically).

>in Linux Configuration & Installation (2nd edition includes Slackware96
>(2.0 Kernel)) it says don't even bother to try.

>what I want to do is setup the drives (2 512M scsi drives on a
>aha-1542F) and then move the drives/controller into a more capable
>machine....probably a 486DX2-66 (yea...the idea is to run linux on the
>orphan at least for a while).

Linux works just fine on a 386SX.  I started using Linux (back in kernel
0.11 days) on my 386SX-16 with only 3 megs of memory.  The same 386SX,
now with 16MB, happily ran Debian 1.1 just a couple of months ago.  Its
slower than a Pentium, of course, but it will work.
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SX's and Linux?

Post by Friedhelm Mehne » Wed, 08 Jan 1997 04:00:00


: Hi,
:
: I'm getting conflicting reports on running Linux on a 386sx-40...
:
It's running fine.
You don't of cause expect the performance of the latest
and greatest pepetium pro ++ machine. :-)
It's a lot faster than Windoze on it.
With anything less then 8megs of memory it's getting
slow, but still does work.

Regards,
Friedhelm

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SX's and Linux?

Post by JJKennerl » Thu, 09 Jan 1997 04:00:00



> Hi,
> I'm getting conflicting reports on running Linux on a 386sx-40...
> in Linux: Getting Started (which came w/ "slackware 2.2") it claims that
> a 386sx is fine (specifically noting even the lowly 386sx-16
> specifically).

There does not seem to be any problem with this setup - If anything fails turn
off ram caching though - this MIGHT help with some of the weirder chipsets.
I have used linux on a 386sx16 without problems. There's no reason you couldn't
start up XWindows even - if your patient.

Quote:> in Linux Configuration & Installation (2nd edition includes Slackware96
> (2.0 Kernel)) it says don't even bother to try.

Because if you've bothered to plunk down the money for the book, odds are you
have the reletively small amount of money to buy an upgrade: consider that I
only paid $160 for my AMD 5x86 133 with 16MB Ram onboard PCI dual IDE, 2 16550A
serial ports, etc etc etc and at the same show I saw 40Mhz 386 systems going
for as little as $30 - throw on 8MB of ram and your set...

Quote:> what I want to do is setup the drives (2 512M scsi drives on a
> aha-1542F) and then move the drives/controller into a more capable
> machine....probably a 486DX2-66 (yea...the idea is to run linux on the
> orphan at least for a while).

You will notice that certain things feel faster under linux on a 386sx40 than
under DOS/Win on a 486DX2-66. I specifically refer to editing text files while
using the modem, etc. Dos/Win actively wastes processor cycles!

Neat Cx486SLC trick: start your CPU under DOS, see how hot it gets in 10
minutes (burning!). Redo the test in linux (room temp!). Now start compiling a
kernel and see that the processor gets kinda warm (like a kid with a lowgrade
fever). Thermal Load Averaging!

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1. Linux Doesn't Boot on my 386/sx

I have just recintly installed Linux for the first (well accully 4th) time on
my computer and it doesn't want to boot up. I have a:

        386 sx
        2 megs ram
        30 linux partition, with 10 meg swap file
        slackware ver 2 of linux.
        using the 'old' file system.

Every thing installed fine... no probems at all. The I restarted the computer
with ctlr-alt-del... and Lilo took over and booted fine....

        And then Linux started to spit what looks like to be normal messages...
then once, right before it should go multi-user, the system goes to chk by hard
drive and then it appears to stop.  (although the hard drive light still
blips on every few secounds)

 I seem to be so close to having Linux.... and then soooo far....

If any body has any Ideas please post.

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