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    Linux Enthusiast Weedman's Avatar
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    tricky distro question


    i want to run linux off a floppy on a

    486 server
    4+ mb of ram (?)
    isa video card
    possibly scsi hdd and fdd card

    is their 1 you can suggest, note: i want to recover the data from the hdd.

    thanks weed
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    Here's a list of small Linux distributions:

    http://bengross.com/smallunix.html

    Some are capable of running from a floppy disc.
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    Have I got this right? You want to boot from a linux floppy disk to recover data off of a broken server, yes?

    If it will boot off a CD, you should be able to do this task with any of the rescue disks that come with the major distros.
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    one thing i should of added (well, sort of) is that the floppy and hard disk controller is ESDI (i think) or SCSI.

    To make everything clear, what i want to do is transfer (or recover) items from the hdd (which is unbootable) to floppy and maybe reformat the hdd.

    only reason im recovering stuff off this computer is an <insert bad word here> action of my own. About 4+ years ago, i installed win 3.1 over the top of itself about 5 or 10 times which corrupted most of the hdd. Dont ask me why i did it, cause i dont know. Then praise God for linux, a way to retrive the 10+ year old files!

    edit: my loss of caffiene in these hours. I dont have a cd controller letalone a cd drive. (If someone could tell me where i could get one that would be cool. [Note: ISA or EISA only but im not expecting miracles])
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    You'll have a really hard time getting anything to work with only 4Mb RAM. Try this link. Slackware has some older version on their website with some good information on running on this type of system. Can't the drive (and adapter?) work in another less challenged machine, that is, if you can't get yours going and can't add RAM? As for CD drives: in the era of that machine, CDs couldn't boot, so I'd say don't bother with that.
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    a few points i could point out there.

    firstly, i would need a machine that had EISA slots.

    Secondly, i (think) that i have found the problem with the machine. New clock chip

    thirdly, boot from floppy to cd

    but yeah i can argue on those points. Btw, i can add up to 64mb of ram (i think)

    then again, im only looking for the command line so i can copy files from the hdd to a floppy or 200.

    i should have asked this before, will it matter that the drive is compressed with something like drivespace 3?? it had a weird 2nd blank drive sitting there doing nothing.

    how i used to love win 3.1 paint good fun

    ps. i am falling asleep at my pc this very second, so dont be suprised if there is random crap in this piece of wrighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedman
    but yeah i can argue on those points. Btw, i can add up to 64mb of ram (i think)

    then again, im only looking for the command line so i can copy files from the hdd to a floppy or 200.
    More RAM will be better: at least 8Mb just to boot, I think. And I thought you might need to find driver for for your adapter.

    If you have another Linux machine and an ethernet card for your 486, maybe you could boot to Slackware, do a network connection to the other box and then have your way with your files? (see Slackware: looks like ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/ all of the older versions, whereas other mirrors only keep the more current ones.)

    You might get something out of this link.
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    the line was suppost to be "i cant argue with those points

    sorry

    oh well
    another note: the hdd is full as far as i know, so i cant install anything to the hdd.

    surely there must be a linux distro that has cp,mv and maybe partitioning software without having to use the floppy drive.

    i can always put in a second floppy drive and use that instead to cp the files.
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    Here's a list of floppy based distro's. http://www.linuxlinks.com/Distributions/Floppy/

    Many are routers and or firewalls, but I think you might be interested in something like http://boot.everywhere.dk/

    And just for my own curiosity, what files can you possibly want from a 10 year old win 3.1 machine? Now come on really, if you have lived with out them for 10 years why do you need them now? I just need to know. Is it a great collection of asci porn? If so share it

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    no it is NOT porn

    it is word documents and so on

    it brings back memories , and anyway i have wanted to recover these files for years
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