Installation Woes
11/01/2018 15:30
I have an old Compaq Deskpro Pentium 166 PC that I use as my internetgateway/firewall/mailserver/webserver. It has Redhat 8.0 installed onit. I want to 'upgrade' it to run Debian. (Maybe I should just heedthe advice that if it's not broken, don't fix it.) I can't get the CD drive to work, so I can't do a CD install (Sarge).

I remember having some trouble with the CD drive when I did theoriginal Redhat install, but at any rate, I can't get it to work now.

I've made boot and root floppies, and have booted the Debian installerfrom floppy disk. I've also installed Debian on another PC on thenetwork and fired up Apache. I put the Debian CD in the drive and setup Apache to point to it so I could do a network http install.

All of this works fine. When the installer asks for the Debianmirror, I give it the IP address of the other Debian PC, and itfetches the install files without any problem.

But when the installer tries to partition the hard disk, it says thatit can't find it.

The bios on this old PC is a bit wierd, the configuration program isput on the hard disk, rather than run from the bios itself. So Idon't have any real access to the bios. But the bios automaticallydetects the hard drive and reports that it's done so. When I boot thePC, the LED on the bottom of it flashes, indicating that the bios hasfound it. But when the Debian installer is looking for it (detectinghardware), nothing happens to the LED.

I'm not sure where to go from here. I think that there's probablysome way to put the installer on the hard disk, but I'm not sure how.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks Dan

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11/01/2018 15:30 - On Thursday 27 January, Bill Marcum wrote in alt.os.linux.debian: Probably not. Even 386s had IDE or SCSI drives, in my experience.

Crikey, I haven't seen one with two ribbons since my last 286. They'recollector's items nowadays.

PJR :-)

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11/01/2018 15:30 - On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 19:40:07 +0800, Dan A Pentium 166? Could that be so old that the hard disk is something other than IDE or SCSI? (does it have one ribbon cable or two?)Or maybe it is SCSI but needs some weird device driver. What's in /etc/modules of the Redhat 8 installation?I used to run Debian on a Compaq 486, so the separate bios partition shouldn't be a problem. If I remember correctly, to get into the setup program you press F10 when the cursor is in the top right corner of the screen. You will probably need a /boot partition in the first 8 gigabytes of the hard drive.

I haven't used the Sarge installer booted from floppies, but does it boot up to the point where you can press alt-F2 to get a shell? If so, you could try to run fdisk manually. Or, if the hard disk is IDE, you could temporarily put it into another PC.


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