[Novalug] how install linux on old pc with 64mb RAM
LUG-Member at TheMoreIKnow.info
Wed Mar 14 16:16:51 EDT 2007
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> The PC does have a cdrom but I cannot find anything in the the BIOS
> (Award bios) to make it boot from cdrom. I am not sure if upgrading
> the bios (if available) can enable this feature. It does have a 3.5"
> floppy drive. What are possible options for me given this hardware.
If you cannot find an updated BIOS, it is easy enough to boot off
of a floppy that then allows you to boot off of a CD-ROM. Here are
instructions on how to download a floppy disk image to write to a floppy
that, when you boot off of it, will let you boot off the CD drive.
> I would like to install a lightweight linux distro (DSL, Knoppix
> etc.) on an old PC with 64 MB RAM.
I know OpenSuSE (10.0 and 10.1) has problems installing on a
computer with that little memory. What one has to create & activate a
swap partition on the target hard drive before running the OpenSuSE
installer. You can use Knoppix to do that.
> Also would it realistic to run x windows on this hardware?
Using a low-memory footprint window manager like FVWM2 should work,
but you also have to consider what GUI applications you want to run.
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