Puppy 5.3 install on an early 1ghz AMD MicronPC
I'm a Linux Hatchling, and am just starting to learn this thing called Linux. I had problems loading Puppy 5.3, and even the latest and greatest Linux Mint 13 Maya onto this box over the past few weeks. I'm happy to report that I have succeded in installing Wary Puppy 5.3 on this 12 year old box, and am typing to you now from it with my findings.
(Sorry about the typo's, don't have my office package yet)
I found that this Micron PC Millennia XP with the Athlon 1ghz processor was first introduced back in November 2000. This was a great machine for its day that included 4 USB ports. The motherboard is made by Aurura with 6 PCI slots, and can handle up to 2GB ram. It came with a CD/RW, CD/DVD, and a standard floppy. It also has room for two Hard Drives.
I have an nvidia tnt 2 video card, and a 40gb hard drive with 1gb of kingston ram and a standard 3 com NIC with a Creative SB Live! Sound card.
My intent was to eleminate the Wind XP that was so contanminated, and make this a stand alone Linux OS machine that I can learn on. I found Puppy can be loaded directly to the RAM via Live CD, and I could re- partition the hard drive easily- which it did!
The problems I had with just beginning with Linux, was I knew not what I was doing, (and still don't), nor was/ is there a concise "How To" manual easily available. Basically, you have to hunt and ask- research and try.
For anyone getting into Linux, this is not for the faint of heart. If you want pretty pictures, neon lights, silicon breasts or botox- Linux is not for the bubblegum instant gratification crowd. However, if you don't mind "thinking", and putting forth effort, the reward is amazing! Freedom is something to fight for, and once had, fight to maintain.
1) The problem I found is that ancient USB support that I have for my Aurora mother board does not work for the input/ output devices. Even their BIOS library never resolved this issue.
Solution: Went to thrift store and bought a couple of the best looking PS/2 Keyboards they had for $3.99 each.
2) I learned the hard way for Wary Puppy, /boot and /root need only be in one partition. The source of this info is from the creator of Puppy, on the wary puppy forum board. (I can't explain why just yet)
Solution: I made my first partition sda1 as ext2 and left 2 mib in the front end for Grub to use. The partition size I made at 5gb.
(I know this may seem large for most, however, I wanted there to be enough room in this partition in case of things I don't know about)
The next partition I made was sda2, as an Extended partition for my future logical drives to go. No logicals established just yet.
My next partition established is called sda3, in ext3 which is the /home partition. I think this is where all the back end programs reside for now. Things like Adobe, office libre, etc...
The final partition is my Swap partition. sda4 needs to be set as linux-swap, and I set mine to 2gb in size. My ram is 1gb, and there seems to be many opinions about how big Swap should be.
Now that I had my partitions created, I left my live CD in the drive and powered down the machine without saving.
1) Power up the machine
2) As soon as the Puppy logo appears, press F2
3) at the command line enter
Puppy will load into RAM only.
4) go through the selection screens for language, time, and video
5) once puppy is loaded, your available partitions will appear, as well as your CD.
6) right click on your CD icon, and select 'Run pmount puppy drive mounter.
7) select the CD drive with your disk thats in it.
8) Now, go to Menu--> Setup --> Puppy Universal Installer.
9) Select sda1 --> Full
10) After the install, go to Menu --> System --> Grub Legacy Bootloader Config
11) Select 'Simple' --> Standard --> type in '/dev/sda1'
12) Destination = MBR
13) Unmount all partitions
14) Menu --> power off
15) Yellow screens will pop up now.
16) Save to file --> Administrator --> Continue --> sda1 --> Max Storage --> Default (warysave.2fs) --> Normal --> 512mb --> Yes, Save
17) Finally, Copy .sfs from CD
18) Machine will power down now.
19) power up and remove cd from tray quickly.
20) Grub should come up with a blue selection screen
21) Select Linux on sda1
22) go through selection stuff again (Language, time, video)
23) Vual- La! This should do it!
This worked for my machine. I'm finding that there are sometimes twiks, and stuff that have to be made depending on your specific hardware. Like for mine, using a USB thumb drive, USB keyboard or USB Mouse doesn't work for boot up.