Installing linux?

Installing linux?

Post by The Time T » Tue, 10 Jan 2006 03:47:43

I have an old second computer an Athlon 750 with Win98 installed and
running fine. I have tried to install or use a CD version of Linux but
when starts checking the memory it errors and stops. Does anyone know of
a free distro that does not check memory while doing the install? I
don't want to spend any money on this old box. I just want to install
linux to see if I want to move it onto my No.1 machine.

Installing linux?

Post by Bill Marcu » Tue, 10 Jan 2006 07:44:47

On Sun, 08 Jan 2006 12:47:43 -0600, The Time Traveler

If the memory is bad, any version of Linux or any other OS will have
problems. Try memtest86 to see if the machine really has bad memory.
If it has more than one SIMM, DIMM or QUIMM installed, you might be able
to find the bad one and remove it.

UNIX is hot. It's more than hot. It's steaming. It's quicksilver
lightning with a laserbeam kicker.
-- Michael Jay Tucker


Installing linux?

Post by jeff » Tue, 10 Jan 2006 09:28:51

If you have a "live" CD version of Linux, why not just try it directly
on your No.1 machine. Even if you did get the CD to boot on the old
system, it's performance might be so bad that you'd just forget the
whole Linux concept.


Installing linux?

Post by AZ Noma » Thu, 12 Jan 2006 01:03:17

Linux isn't DOS. If you have bad memory, it'll crash sooner or later.
I don't know of any explicit memory check that any distro performs so
I can't help you about disabling such a check.
Perhaps your BIOS is misreporting how much memory you have -- this is
a known BIOS bug.

Some distros let you ask for help on the first screen immediately
after booting from the CD. You might have to boot with a command like
or something like that. The first param 'linux' is the name of the
kernel, the rest are params passed to the kernel.