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

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 21:27:55 BST 2006

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?
> Rosie

Hi Rosie,

In every issue of Linux Format, they have a program called
SmartBootManager that you can write to a floppy. You boot the floppy
then choose the CD drive and it will continue booting from there.

I hope the sbm.bin isn't this program and you can try it instead. I've
used it many times when I've been too lazy to change the BIOS to avoid
the first HDD on this PC.


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