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RHLinux on a trusty old dog



Hi,
 
someone passed on a 486 with a single disk of 600 MB and 8 MB RAM, running Win3.11. i don't have the password to the BIOS, and did not bother trying to get in by discharging the battery, resetting a jumper, or hacking it
 
i took the disk out some time back, plugged it in as a primary slave on another machine and deleted the partition. i then created two DOS partitions. i put all RedHat 6.0 Base and RPMS and all the other installable stuff into 300 MB of hard disk, and had the other partition empty
 
i then went home, put this disk back in and booted from a RedHat boot floppy that i had created using rawrite earlier.
 
it booted wonderfully, and went into install, after asking me the preliminary questions about keyboards and stuff, and where the RedHat directory was located, it said:
' Loading second stage ramdisk'
 
a little bit of disk activity and then the same screen, nothing showed on the other virtual consoles.
 
What's wrong?
 
i then searched around the installable directory and found a file called 2ndstage.ram or something similar, and i thought that its corrupted. So i copied it afresh from a CD-ROM, but no luck
 
now, i have rebooted so many times trying to get it to run, that occassionaly it says something like "Hard disk controller trashed"
 
hints and tips please on how to do this right, especially since i now have a PIII 550 with 64 MB RAM and a 10 GB at home, how i would love to run Linux on both, run a cross-cable between them and get double the thrills
 
thanks and bye,
krishnan

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