[Dclug] installing puppy linux on a 486
craig at zenzic.net
Wed Jun 25 17:45:29 EDT 2008
Ah yes, the bad good old days. circa that time I had similar
experiences with a 486sx (16MHz 20MB(16added$$$))and slackware,... it
makes it strange when hearing complaints about the state of Linux on the
desktop. Today is a shangri-la by comparison, but then again
openwindows and fvwm were a pretty awesome OS/2 workplace shell replacement.
Ali Ziad wrote:
> This takes me back to 1998 when I was dual booting linux and nt on a
> 486. I would never try it now ;) Its not worth the hassle considering
> you can get a newer pentium class machine with a more capable bios for
> dirt cheap if not free.
> On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 6:57 PM, craig <craig at zenzic.net
> <mailto:craig at zenzic.net>> wrote:
> I once used a boot floppy image for debian called *sbm.bin*.
> The purpose of this floppy is to circumvent an old bios, and allows
> you to use the install cdrom.
> You boot the floppy and then it looks for the CD and somehow boots
> the cdrom(its been awhile so I'll just wave my hands here).
> Although I used this on debian I think it doesn't care what
> installer is on the cdrom so it might work on puppy linux.
> I used this for some old compaq and toshiba laptops and it used to
> work pretty consistently. This boils down to some simple steps.
> a)down load sbm.bin
> b)stick blank floppy in floppy drive, and try to use a relatively
> fresh one.
> c)* dd if=sbm.bin of=/dev/fd0 *<--- this
> writes the image to the floppy*
> *d)stick floppy and puppy cdrom in target machine
> e)if it doesn't work, try the process with a different blank floppy
> I had some subtly damaged ones not work.
> Here is a pretty good link...
> "If still doesn't work because your BIOS may be too old and may not
> support ISOLINUX you write the Smart Boot Manager image sbm.bin to a
> floppy which you can find in the install directory. This will boot
> an OS independent boot manager. To write the image to a floppy *use
> dd if=sbm.bin of=/dev/fd0 *(for GNU/Linux or Unix) or use rawrite
> (for MS-DOS). "
> The other thing I would consider would be looking around for a
> netboot floppy that will work with puppy linux, (if the bios doesn't
> cdrom boot, the bios probably won't pxeboot either). But this
> requires a dhcp and tftp setup on another networked machine(to serve
> the images) AND the puppy boot images AND working network on the
> targeted machine. (all definitely complicated if you haven't done it
> or seen it done)
> All the netboot type installing that I've been doing lately has been
> using BIOSes that support pxeboot, so I'm not very up on the
> nonpxeboot options currently available,... but debian used to have a
> floppy for netbooting/netinstalling and I came across (just now)
> this thing called UNetbootin (- The Universal Netboot Installer)
> that seems to serve the same purpose as the netboot floppy but with
> the expressed purpose of supporting a variety of distributions,
> including puppy linux.
> But I haven't tried this so....? let us know if you try it.
> So you might try some of those things to solve your problem, if it
> were me, I'd definitely try the SBM boot floppy before trying the
> netboot/netinstall option. And like someone on the list said, a
> floppy puppy installer would be the easiest approach if such a thing
> Phil Shapiro wrote:
>> hi group,
>> a friend of mine gave me his 486 computer with windows 95 on it. i'd
>> love to install puppy linux on it, but ran into a hitch. when i reach the bios,
>> it says i can choose a boot sequence of Drive A and then Drive C, or Drive C and
>> then Drive A.
>> nowhere is the CD-ROM drive mentioned. (which is Drive D, which I can
>> see from the desktop of the computer by double clicking on the Computer icon.)
>> any ideas of what to try? this computer is an AT&T computer. i reached
>> the bios with an F1 key.
>> i'm happy to drive this over to anyone's house who'd like a shot at
>> getting puppy linux installed. when that's done, i'll be making a video for
>> youtube showing puppy linux in action, surfing the web with seamonkey.
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