[ubuntu-uk] Problems installing Ubuntu server on an old computer

David Morley davmor2 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 13:19:51 BST 2006

On 28/09/06, David Morley <davmor2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 28/09/06, South Walney Information Management <info at swimbarrow.co.uk> wrote:
> > A client has an old PC, which was running Windows 98 which had become
> > tired and she lacks the original Windows 98 didks as she bought the
> > machine second hand.  Somewhere along the line she managed to format the
> > hard disk so that Win 98 will no longer boot.
> >
> > I have suggested that this machine is a prime candidate for XUbuntu.
> > Unfortunately, when I tried to install XUbuntu from the CD, I discovered
> > that the BIOS wasn't able to recognise the CD in order to boot from it.
> >
> > I made a Linux rescue floppy and was then able to read the XUbuntu CD
> > but not boot from it.  What I could do was make a floppy from sbm.bin,
> > which would then allow me to boot from the CD-ROM.
> >
> > It was then quickly evident that memory was low because the nascent
> > XUbunto could not access swap space on the hard disk.  It tried gamely,
> > running through keyboard selection and hardware detection, but
> > eventually turned up its little feet with the message
> >
> > <0>Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal exception in interrupt
> >
> > What I think I need to do is to get a rescue floppy or CD which will
> > enable me to format and repartition the hard disk.  Although I may be wrong.
> >
> > Does anybody have any suggestions?
> >
> What is the spec of the machine?
> Also have you tried the alternative install rather than the live
> install or is that what you are doing?
Also if you wish to partition the Hard Drive the you will need 2
things Smart Boot Manager and Gparted live cd available here

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