Re: installing on an old 486
Your CD-ROM could be the culprit. I believe that Debian works off of any
ATAPI compatible CD-ROM drive. With other distributions (Redhat) which I
used before, my computer would freeze if I started through DOS. Is there
any way you can boot directly from the CD-ROM in the BIOS setup program?
If not, make a boot floppy and try that. The instructions on how to make
a boot floppy are at the Debian website, I believe under "Download"
Installation or something close to that.