Re: Help with Debian Install
On Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 10:54:51PM -0000, Ed wrote:
> I am not really sure. This is an old computer, but years ago, it had
> Redhat Linux 7 and Windows 95 dual boot running fine. As time went by,
> this computer was replaces with newer ones and slowly became obsolete.
> Now I want to revive it and probably make it a print server, and maybe
> web browser only machine, only running linux. I have never used debian
> before, but heard it was a good candidate for an old machine. On my
> other machines I run fedora 6 or 7. (and yes, I run Windows 2000 or XP)
> Is there a way I can find out the network card and driver without taking
> the machine apart. It is in kind of a hard place to get at right now.
Just do a minimal install from the netinst.iso. When you get to
choosing a mirror, choose none. Let it try to contact
security.debian.org, which will fail, but it will put a commented-out
line in your sources.list file.
When you get to task selector, deselect everything. You will then just
get a base install minimal system.
When you boot into the system and log in for the first time, you can
# dmesg | less
and look for what hardware was found. The dmesg is a ring-buffer that
is filled by the kernel as hardware is found by the drivers. You should
However, if this computer doesn't have a PCI bus but instead and
ISA/EISA bus, then there may be some more work to do since the hardware
set-up is different and not so automatic.
What kind of computer is this:
Hard drive space:
System bus type:
As long as you are able to install a base system, dmesg will tell you
most of this.