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Re: Debian on an old PC

CW Harris wrote:

On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 12:53:11PM -0600, Kent West wrote:
Paul Johnson wrote:

On Thursday 06 January 2005 01:44 pm, John Schmidt wrote:

Old pcs often can't boot from a CD even if they have one. You might be able to flash the BIOS to upgrade it, but that assumes there is an update out there (highly unlikely).
If it's too old to boot from a CD, wouldn't it also pre-date flashable BIOS?

No, I remember flashing old AT&T 6300 (4.77MHz 8086 PC) PCs here on campus because they had a Y2K-style glitch in the BIOS; it wouldn't go beyond 1987 or thereabouts (my memory is hazy).

Hey! I'm using one of those as a text terminal (typing this on it
actually).  The display is a bit slow on long listings, but I *really*
like the feel/key placement of the keyboard.

I vaguely remember liking the old machines; maybe it was the keyboard; I can't remember for sure.

And back to Paul's question, the more I think about it, the more I think the 6300 BIOS patch may not have been a flash after all, but rather a TSR (that's Terminate and Stay Resident, for you young whippersnappers; the DOS-days equivalent of a background service/daemon). So perhaps Paul is correct.

Kent West

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