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Re: [S.u.S.E. Linux] installing 5.1 under DOS 6.22
- From: gecko@xxxxxxxxxx (The Gecko)
- Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 10:01:10 -0700 (PDT)
- Message-id: <XFMail.980429100110.gecko@xxxxxxxxxx>
On 29-Apr-98 Joshua Rodmanius wrote:
>> I cannot seem to be able to install 5.1. I find the manual very poorly
>> written. Can someone please help.
>> My had drive is partitioned as follows C: 1219, D: 476, E: 191, F: 75.
>> The only reason that I installed DOS was to have an operating sys. Since I
>> am using a 486 with an old BIOS I am forced to use a disk manager program.
>> I want the computer to be used only for Linux. If anyone can give me step
>> by step directions it would be greatly appreciated.
> I believe the diskmanager has to do with the INT13 BIOS calls not being
> able to extend to cover the entire disk. As linux does not make disk
> accesses via the BIOS, it should only be necessary for LILO and the
> kernel file to be available within the BIOS-accessable region.
> As for what to do, i'd say use a floppy boot (dos or windows) to avoid
> the diskmanager and repartition. Eliminate diskmanager. Follow the
> HOWTO thenceforth.
Mr. Rodmanius is correct, the Linux kernel won't use the bios calls and,
therefore, won't be limited the same way DOS is. LILO, however, will have
problems because the number of cylanders is greater than 1024. I'd suspect you
are going to have to use a boot floppy. As for step by step instructions:
1) Insert S.u.S.E. install floppy and boot.
2a) Follow on screen directions :)
2b) Ok, a little more information... first you'll have to choose Adujstment of
installation -> configure harddisk partitions and fill out that. Depending on
the size of the drive that will determine what sort of partitions you want.
3) Then exit the YAST program and go back into it. (Because the partitions
4) Then choose Adjustment of INstallation -> Set Target partitions/File system
and set up the mounting points for the partition(s) you set up in step 2. Make
sure you format (and if it's an older hard drive, check) the partition(s)
5) Then go to Choose/Install packages... It's a good idea to go into
"change/create configuration" just to get an idea of the amount of disk space
you've used. Maybe the default configuration trys to use more disk space than
you have or than you've allocated to your system.
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