I'm fairly new to Linux. but of technical enough inclination to handle things pretty well. I've done a fair amount of distro-hopping, and Vector has emerged as a favorite "welterweight" Linux, something to try on machines with 64MB or so of RAM. Even if having to manually partition the hd's before installing is a pain. I sometimes use partitioning tools from other LiveCD's to prep a Vector install.
Anyway, I'm attempting to revitalize an old machine, a Gateway 2000 P-I with 64MB of RAM and I'm being confounded at every turn. I've gotten Vector to run on a P-II with 64MB RAM, so this ought to be doable...
1. The machine will not boot from CDROM, only floppy or HD. No USB at all. It has valid Win98 and WinNT-workstation installs currently, over 4GB on two drives split into 5 MSDOS partitions (4 FAT, 1 NTFS). I'm not looking to keep any of the Windows installs, I may keep the 480MB NTFS partition as such.
2. The process outlined in the README in %cdrom%/boot/dos isn't working.
a. Booting the system from it's HD in MSDOS mode causes it to lose it's CDROM drive(s). No MSDOS drivers for MSCDEX.EXE!
b. Booting the system from a Win98 boot floppy, which has CDROM support, allows %cdrom%/boot/dos/linux.bat to be executed, BUT procedure hangs with message "kernel panic: init not found. include init= in boot parameters" -- except that should have been included in or handled by the batch file!
3. The process listed on the Vector FAQ for creating boot floppies using RAWRITE can't be applied, because the bare.i and root floppy images (and the directories they're supposed to be in) aren't on the current Vector LiveCD anymore, probably because /boot/dos/linux.bat is supposed to work
...are they buried somewhere in the website?