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Hi all! Not really linux-related... yet.... Found myself a nice old comp - but it's not booting. Has both a floppy drive and an IDE hard drive (Quantum Prodrive ELS). ...
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    "Commodore 486sx-25" - booting off hard drive


    Hi all!

    Not really linux-related... yet....

    Found myself a nice old comp - but it's not booting. Has both a floppy drive and an IDE hard drive (Quantum Prodrive ELS).

    The problem is that after checking the floppy drive for bootable media, it fails to boot before even trying the hard drive. Which is a problem if I want to boot it from the hard drive. I have tried finding it in the settings, but there's nothing related to boot order - that I can find - I'm probably missing something stupidly simple.

    I have a keyboard with the old connection and a serial port mouse, so I should be set apart from actually booting it....

    If anyone could help me out with this, it would be greatly appreciated. I have a feeling I'm a bit youg for this

    -E

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    An older computer will not have settings in the BIOS
    for boot order. It will check floppy, then primary
    master hard drive. maybe the reason it won't boot
    is that the drive is bad, or there is no OS installed.

    You will need to boot from the floppy disk to get started.

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    Hm... oh well.
    Any recommendations on a linux floppy distro?

    I'll also try replcing the hard drive temporarily with something I know is bootable. Would be interesting to see what happens to Vista

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