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Re: [SLE] Experimenting with installing Suse on an old computer.
- From: "Carlos E. R." <robin1.listas@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 04:44:35 +0100 (CET)
- Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0301020410360.2631-100000@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
The 02.12.29 at 20:09, Mike wrote:
> > Don't worry, I'm not really using that machine. I only wanted to prove
> > to myself that linux could be installed on it, and I have even managed
> > to compile the kernel O:-)
> How long did that take you?
Well, I had to cheat O:-)
I started the compile, and at some point, when I came back 12 hours later,
it had segfaulted (on make -C drivers). The funny thing was that most
programs segfaulted after that, even halt, so I had to power off. I tried
again, and it halted with "parse error at null character" on file
So I took the hard disk to another PC (a pentium 120) and finished the
compile there (make clean dep bzImage modules and make modules_install);
then I went back to the 386, and did there a "make install" which took
about 5 hours. After reboot, the compressed kernel was about 200 Kb
smaller. I still have to check the amount of available memory, but it will
> I managed to put Slack with the 1.59 kernel on a 385 and it took weeks to
> recomplie the kernel. I killed it after 3 weeks and more RAM in it to
> give it 8 meg and then it runs ok. I think the kernels after 2 require 4
> meg of RAM, and even more for the installers.
As I said, I cheated ;-)
Had to, that machine has only 5 megs ram. Now that the kernel is smaller,
perhaps I could try again without cheating.
> > The only real use will be to retrieve my old backups (pctools), and
> > move them over to CDs. Then, it will remain at part of my museum... er,
> > junk pile ;-)
> I also have a 286 running minux in my collection.
I had to study the Tanenboum book (Operating Systems), translated to
spanish, that included the minix source, printed. But I could never get
the floppies: the book was printed in Mexico, and I live in Spain: I
couldn't get them (I still remember the face of the bokkseller when I
asked!), so I never could try minix.
> > > Don't know why Linux doesn't recognise your CDROM, I've used a
> > > variety of CDROMs ranging from old 8x drives to modern 56x units
> > > without any problems.
> > > Enybody else any suggestions?
> Old CDroms didn't follow standards the NEC 250 was OK but the 260 was
> not. I had a 260. I had to copy the files to a DOS partition and load
> linux from there.
Yes, that is what I think. In fact, linux reports it as an ide-tape
device. But the install from the dos partition did not work either, I had
to cheat there as well, using the other PC. Now that linux is installed, I
can install packages from the dos partition, it recognises the same
directory that it rejected during the install.
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