I am trying to boot with a live version of Knoppix and Ubuntu on an old PC
at home just to learn a bit about Linux.  Both versions were hanging on the
boot, and I could not find out why, until I went into a verbose mode for the
boots.  It seems that my disk formats are not recognized.  I have not had
time to pursue the issue.  My point is, if you do verbose boot, you might
get a better idea of why the boot is failing.

As to how to get it to do verbose - well those notes are at home!



On 8/25/06, Jon Paris <Jon.Paris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>> Honestly, just install Ubuntu. I have been using a little bit and it
much easier than Debian alone. Ubuntu is based on Debian.

That is exactly what I stared out doing - I tried it on a couple of PCs
liked it - but the live version of Ubuntu won't boot on this machine.  I
admit I haven't checked for a version with a conventional install - maybe
that should be my next stop.

I chose Debian because it was one of only two distributions I could find
where there was evidence that it would work with this old laptop - which
only has 96Mg of memory.  alinux is also supposed to work with it - but
goodness knows how since their iso image requires an 800Mb CD and even if
could find one I don't think the PCs Cd reader will handle it.  I suspect
that it was an earlier version of alinux that was installed.

Other choices such as Ubuntu, Knoppix and FreeSpire all just hang during
boot process.

Jon Paris

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