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    this might just be impossible...


    so i have a inspiron 3500 and i need to get some kind of linux on there, its driving me nuts. im fairly sure it has 195mb ram and no idea as to hdd size or what ghz but i cant have windows 98 on there anymore. booting from usb is out of the question, it doesnt read dvds and i have 0 cds to make a livecd. any thoughts or is this an iced over up-hill battle

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    Pull the Hardrive. Use a IDE adapter to hook up to a working computer. Boot up a Puppy 4.31 (lots of Puppy puplets made with that version). Boot up a live Puppy CD on working computer. Go into Gparted and make a swap partition of about 512MB or 712MB. Format the rest as Ext2 or Ext3 file system (flag it as boot) & Install (I would choose a frugal install) to removed Laptop IDE drive attatched to adapter.

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    I had Puppy 5.0 installed on a P3 500, also had AntiX 8.5 on that system, both worked fine.

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    or for about 5$, go to walmart and buy a blank CD ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by meton_magis View Post
    or for about 5$, go to walmart and buy a blank CD ....
    That should work.

    I've seen Puppy Linux CDs advertised by a number of the various Linux CD vendors for around a couple of bucks, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meton_magis View Post
    or for about 5$, go to walmart and buy a blank CD ....
    in a pinch with my money. its not an option right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperidge View Post
    in a pinch with my money. its not an option right now
    unfortunately you're in a situation where you need to spend some amount of money. The only ways to boot are from cd, floppy, USB, PXE (if you can't boot from USB, this is almost certainly out of the question), or a hard drive.

    the cheapest here would definitely be the cd, unless you have floppies laying around, and your computer can boot from it. unfortunately, it's too old of a technology for me to be able to help you
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