4 Meg ram install kind of worked.
I recieved the following message which got me thinking in a bit
>To: R Chris Ross <CHRIS@seitz.com>
>Mr Chris Ross
> Maybe the solution to your problem is that you should try the
>installation in two steps:
> repeat the normal installations as you followed last night until you
>prepares the hardisk an put ON THE SWAP partition.
> Then restart again your pc with a floopy with booting system
>(I mean that that allow you to mount your / partition directly without
>lilo, I don't know if it possible to you build one from the step one)
>and then install the rest of the base system. The idea is try to
>reboot the machine allowing linux to put on the swap from the hardisk
>an then you have the oportunity to install the rest... A similar
>procedure I used time ago when I try to install slackware in a 4MB PC.
>The difference was that previously to the installation slackware allow
>us to use the command swapon.. I'm new in unix-linux, but I hope this
>can help you a little. avelino
Since I had a formatted swap and main linux partition I had
someplace to operate. After booting from floppy again with
"linux load_ramdisk=0" and getting to the install menu on the root
floppy I shelled out and used ae to add a starting line to /etc/rc to
activate my swap partition ( swapon /dev/hda4). At this point I
rebooted and ran the install normally with the ramdisk. The
installer had to be tricked a bit by telling it that I didn't want to
use swap space which, it said was a bad idea then I could have it
mount the ext2 partition that was already there. (This partition was
made while running with the floppy as / during a previous session.)
After the main partition was mounted and made / I tried loading the
base. This I crashed once because I was using the color install
screend. When monocrone was used the base loded and attempted to
uncompact. As far as I can tell this functioned properly. Due to my
own stupidity I had picked us 1 base dated April 27 and 2 dated
April 18. The mirrors were out of sync and I didn't think to check
Shortly I'll pick up a single set of base floppies and give it a
shot again. If there is something that I should do to clean out the
bad install I did please let me know. From what happened at the end
it looks like it should load fine.
Thanks for the help.