[Wolves] Linux on an old PC

Adam Sweet drinky76 at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 14:11:57 BST 2005

--- Old Dan <djones9960 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Has anybody succesfully run SuSe 9.2 on an old PC?
>  It's not for me
> > but somebody asked me  if it were possible?  They
> have tried using a
> > PC running 196mb of RAM together with a 166
> Pentium MMX chip.  The PC
> > hangs so far into the install and goes no further.
>  I'm pretty sure
> > 9.2 ought to run on a 166 but maybe not.  Or could
> it be something
> > else preventing it?  I've got an old PC with a 166
> MMX myself and had
> > thought of running SuSE on this.  Perhaps it's not
> a good idea?  This
> > chap has run other distros succesfully on this
> particular PC by the
> > way so it's not the Machinery that's actually
> broken....perhaps not
> > quite up to the job.
> I'm not 100% sure on this but IIRC SuSE requires at
> least a Pentium II/300MHz.
> Whilst you can forget the 300MHz bit (as it should
> still run but just
> sloooooooooooow) the kernel may well have been
> compiled with PII
> optimizations which would render it incompatible
> with a PI.

One other thought. I think ACPI implementations in
older motherboards can be a bit dicey, it's certainly
caused some of my machines to fail to install. Try
turning acpi off. There's normally a way of passing
this tothe installer like

linux acpi-off

when you start the installer (read the docs on the
SuSE specific way).

Might not work. Just a thought.





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