Re: Installing on an AMD K6-2-350

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On Fri, Dec 30, 2005 at 08:26:50PM -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 30, 2005 at 08:05:58PM -0500, fredex wrote:
>  > > I have an ancient machine that ran FC1 just fine.
>  > > However, now when I boot from the installation CD (1), and enter
>  > >   linux text
>  > > the system reboots itself.
>  > > 
>  > > I can't get out of this loop.
>  > > 
>  > > Should I discard the computer, or is there some magic boot parameter that 
>  > > might work?
>  > > Or some alternate solution, since floppys are too small.
>  > 
>  > I have a vague recollection that late-model Fedoras require a P-II
>  > or later. If that's true, then you're out of luck, as the K6-2 is
>  > a Pentium clone, not a P2 or P3 clone.
> 
> Not true.
> We still have a 586 kernel, which is used for AMD K5/K6, Old Cyrix,
> Early VIA, and original (Pre-MMX) Pentium.

Thanks for the correction!

> 
> Trying to run openoffice on one of these is going to bring you
> a world of hurt, but it should at least install and be usable
> for low-end workloads.
> 
> Rawhide installation may be a very painful right now too, as the dependancy
> resolving part of package installation is very CPU intensive[*], and eats
> gobs of RAM. Lots of 586 era machines typically didn't have a great deal of
> RAM, so they may need some extra hoop-jumping like enabling swap early
> from the 2nd tty during install.
> 
> I missed the original posting in this thread, but I'm curious which
> release the original poster was trying to install. It *could* be
> that he was hitting a known bug like the FC4 bug that required you
> to boot with garbage on the boot command line (as soon as the CD
> boots, type 'fhwghgads' or the like, wait for it to say "unknown image"
> or the like, and then type 'linux text'.
> 
> 		Dave
> 
> [*] I recently resurrected a 4-way 200MHz Pentium Pro. It took about 10
> minutes to resolve dependancies. I dread to think what it'll be like
> on a Pentium 90, or worse, an AMD K5.  Jeremy knows about this, and has
> had "SPEED" scribbled on his whiteboard for a while. It should be fixed
> for FC5 final.
> 
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