Formatted c: that had windows 98

February 17, 2009 at 11:55:27
Specs: Windows 98 SE
My father gave me his old laptop with windows 98se on it and had a patition with backup stuff on it (E:). Well, being an older laptop I wanted to install Ubuntu 8.10 on it. So, i formatted C: and tried installing ubuntu and now i'm getting an error message. How can I wipe out my entire hard drive and install ubuntu 8.10 on one partition (C:)?

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February 17, 2009 at 15:04:25
You didn't bother to list any system specs or the size of the HDD. Are you sure it can handle Ubuntu? Do you have at least 256MB RAM? You can do the partitioning & formatting when you do the installation.

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February 17, 2009 at 16:44:49
If the laptop has a floppy drive you can just boot with DOS and use fdisk to delete all the partitions. Then use Ubuntu to create it's own partitions. You don't want just one partition, you will need a swap partition which is 3-4 times the size of your RAM and then the rest of the disk can be one boot partition.

Also, you can just boot from the Ubuntu CD-ROM and use cfdisk to delete the existing partitions as well (I guess Ubuntu has cfdisk available).

It's my understanding that Ubuntu installation CDs are also "live" CDs where you can boot the system up and see if it works on the laptop first. I would do that before spending too much effort on the installation, just to make sure all the hardware is going to be supported.

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February 17, 2009 at 18:24:31
ok, I used my 98 bootup disk and ran fdisk. I deleted all the paritions. Booting ubuntu CD and still same problem. Ubuntu will boot and I choose 'english' then 'install ubuntu'. It will come up with a black screen that says 'ubuntu' with a yellow bar moving back and forth. Then the bar stops and starts moving across the acreen left to right. after that it comes to a black screen with a bunch of error messages then comes to a ms-dos style screen with just 'ubuntu@ubuntu:~$'
I tried to run 'cfdisk' from this screen and it came up with 'FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive'
The computer is a compaq 1200, and my dad said he had the memory maxed out. I'm not much of a "computer tech" I just want to try this ubuntu. I heard many people talkin about linux and i thought i would try it out. Should i use a different linux?
How can i get the spec of my machine?

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February 17, 2009 at 19:32:37
You need to somehow determine the specs but most of all, you need to know the amount of RAM. Understand that 256MB is the MINIMUM for will not run extremely well with that amount. Did you check the link I supplied?

"With only the minimum amount of memory available, the installation process will take longer than normal, but will complete successfully, and the system will perform adequately once installed. Low-memory systems may be able to use the desktop CD to install by selecting "Install Ubuntu" from the boot menu"

You may wanna consider a lighter weight distro & possibly something a little more Windows-like. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu...the Mint Xfce Edition has lower memory requirements.

Zenwalk is another Xfce distro:

And there's also an Xfce version of Ubuntu called Xubuntu:

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February 17, 2009 at 20:03:59
Can't believe I left out Puppy Linux as a possibilty:

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February 18, 2009 at 00:02:33
And just to make sure, something as small as:

If it can't handle that, then you need to leave that machine to Windows...

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February 18, 2009 at 21:39:20
jam, pyrolitic and t-r-a. thank you for all the support.
jam, u got it going on. I downloaded puppy linux, burned it, and installed it to the old school laptop. Works like a charm! The whole installing to hardrive process was kinda weird. Thank you very much, even tho it's puppy linux, it's linux and i now have an os. Just a crazy question but do you know anything on reprograming OBDII computers on cars/trucks? I have a tech2 scanner that will only flash stock programs on gm cars/trucks. I'm wanted to do a ittle more then that without having to buy a program and pay for each car I "tune"

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March 13, 2009 at 18:35:18

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Keyboard not detected. Hit F1 to Continue. BREAKFAST.SYS HALTED Cerial port not Responding!!

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