Installing Ubuntu from floppy disk?

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Nov 27 22:39:04 UTC 2007

On 11/27/2007 02:08 PM, Nils Kassube wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> On 11/27/2007 11:44 AM, Ashley Benton wrote:
>> > From DOS the list is: computer Award/Award, pentium TM
>> > memory 640K, 31744 K extras
>> > video VGA, cirrus
>> > Network, No network
>> I'm afraid that the system is probably destined for the recycle bin.
>> Even if you try another tiny linux, you won't be able to do much of
>> anything with only 640K of memory. 64M maybe, but definately not with
>> 640K.
> If I read the specs right, it is 32MB, you forgot the "31744 K extras". 
> However, you are right that it will be difficult to find a modern distro 
> that can run with this low amount of memory. Even if you find one, it 
> might be only usable for CLI applications.
> Nils

Ah. I did miss that, thanks! Maybe she can find some old memory to get
it to 128M, or preferably 256M.

Ashley: see if you can figure out the motherboard model (open & inspect
might be your best option) and google it to see how much memory you can
add. If you can get it up to some reasonable memory (128 or 256) then it
just might be salvageable. You'll need a NIC for network connections
*and* a CD-Rom. If you can install a CD-Rom you should be able to fire
up Knoppix to test the hardware etc. (
What are the minimum system requirements?

    * Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later),
    * 32 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with
KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office
    * bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM
    * standard SVGA-compatible graphics card,
    * serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse.

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