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rty
post Feb 22 2012, 11:58 AM
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Hello,

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.

Thanks
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michaelk
post Feb 22 2012, 01:41 PM
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Not much to go on...
Can you provide some information about your computer? i.e hardware, amount of RAM etc.

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rty
post Feb 22 2012, 06:57 PM
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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.

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post Feb 23 2012, 07:07 AM
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What distributions have you tried?
antix would be good choice.
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post Feb 23 2012, 07:54 AM
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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.
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post Feb 23 2012, 08:53 AM
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Not sure what the problem might be due to.
tinycore might work.
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