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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ Problem booting linux

Posted by: rty Feb 22 2012, 11:58 AM


Iíve been trying to revive an old computer, but Iím having a lot of problems booting almost every linux distro i tried (all lightweight). When the computer tries to boot from the CD, I either get a ISOLINUX error or the computer completely freezes.
The only distro Iím able to run is Damn Small Linux and only the version that uses the SYSLINUX bootloader. I think the problem is that the BIOS does not support current bootloaders.
I would like to know which other distros still support old bootloaders like SYSLINUX or if there is anything else I could do.


Posted by: michaelk Feb 22 2012, 01:41 PM

Not much to go on...
Can you provide some information about your computer? i.e hardware, amount of RAM etc.

Posted by: rty Feb 22 2012, 06:57 PM

The computer is a intel Celeron MMX 333 MHz with 192 Mb (64 + 128) of RAM a 4 Gb old HDD and a 40 Gb HDD I just added.
It originally came with win98.

Posted by: michaelk Feb 23 2012, 07:07 AM

What distributions have you tried?
antix would be good choice.

Posted by: rty Feb 23 2012, 07:54 AM

Besides damn small linux (using SYSLINUX and ISOLINUX) I tried antiX, puppy, feather and one or two more that I canít recall right now.
The only on that worked was damn small linux using SYSLINUX.

Posted by: michaelk Feb 23 2012, 08:53 AM

Not sure what the problem might be due to.
tinycore might work.

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