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Re: Is it exist a mailing-list for console only users ?



On Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 09:14:56AM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 11/29/07 08:44, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 09:56:52PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> >  
> >> Hard drives aren't *that* expensive, are they?
> > 
> > This is a pervasive attitude.  Yes, unless you have a recent box, adding
> > reliable drive space can be a pain.  Where can I buy a new drive under 8
> > GB for my 486?  It calls any larger drive an error.
> 
> Linux shouldn't do that.

The bios complains.  Its an IBM PS/ValuePoint 486DX4-100, 32 MB ram.
The bios isn't an Asus thing, its an IBM thing.  I can't tell it
anything about the hard drive it sees nor can I tell it to ignore it.  I
bought an 8 GB drive for it (I used to have one that died) and it
complained about a drive error (drive OK in the PII).  I tried the drive
in all sorts of configs from only drive on hda to second drive on
hd{b|c|d} and the box wouldn't boot (POST errors) so long as that drive
was installed.  So the box is stuck with a 1.1 GB drive.

> 
> Besides, Wal-Mart sells new Linux boxes for US$200.
> 

Who said I had $200 to spend?  Besides, I don't buy anything from
Walmart.

> > I don't know if I could put an 80 GB drive in my PII.  
> 
> Why not?
> 

Because this P-II (Asus something-or-other MB) is very finiky about what
drives you put in and where.  It wouldn't take the 8 GB drive as the
only drive but only as a hdc drive with the 850 MB drive as hda.

I had a Pentium 75 (AST) that would _only_ accept its own drive on ide0.
To replace that drive when it died, I had to put the new drive on ide1
and it showed up as hda.  Had to put the CD on ide1 also, as hdb.
Couldn't put anything else in the box.  Made installing fun since if I
boot from floppy (couldn't boot from CD) the drives showed up as hdb.

Doug.

 



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