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Postby DavidF » Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:26 pm

I have an old HP Vectra 256K RAM, ooodles of HD space, and a new DVD ROM. I've set BIOS to boot from CD ROM.
Yet I cannot any action. Booting goes into Win2K (installed OS). This happens with SUE and KNOPIX cover disk.
Any ideas anyone ?
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Postby towy71 » Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:38 pm

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Postby DavidF » Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:29 pm

Sorry Towy71 - I'm a newby and you are too terse.

I've tried to follow the instructions but get a write error when I try to install.

Why is instaling LINUX so hard and obscure ?
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Postby Nobber » Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:43 pm

Can you tell us the command you tried and the exact error message?
800 LINES ERIC - GET BACK TO PYSKOOL
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Postby DavidF » Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:49 pm

sbminst -t us -d 128

message box warns that I should not write direct to HD, when I ignore message: Cannot load UDM IPX/SPX support
Copyright notice .....
message : Disk read/write error !
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Postby Nobber » Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:54 pm

I think "-d 128" may be a bad idea.

Best and safest thing would be to install sbm on a floppy disk and boot from that. Shove in a floppy disk and do

sbminst -t us -d 0
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Postby DavidF » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:25 pm

OK, I guess I have installed SBM on fd, but my Pheonix BIOS does not offer a fd boot, only hd, cd, netwrk etc

When I try to boot with cdrom default, I'm back into Win startup again
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Postby kevanf1 » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:34 pm

That is most unusual for there not to be a floppy boot option. It's been a long time since I had anything to do with any Phoenix BIOS so I'm unsure here. Is there perhaps a 'Boot floppy seek' option? Silly question maybe but have you also tried just putting the floppy into the drive and switching on?
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Postby DavidF » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:40 pm

Somewhat drastically, I've disabled all the devices except fd. On rebotting now it tries the fd but get message NTLDR missing
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Postby DavidF » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:57 pm

Ah, some progress. I've done the whole process again and this time I've got SBM to run from the fd.

The list of devices however does not show a CDROM or DVDROM, obly fd and hd devices
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Postby kevanf1 » Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:48 am

How have you disabled the optical drives? If you have physically pulled the cable then SBM will not find them. If you have disabled them another way try just enabling the opticals again and then run SBM. If the optical drives are working properly then SBM should list them as bootable options......should :)
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Postby nelz » Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:28 pm

Instead of the floppy version, use the CD ISO image in the Essentials directory of the cover disc. Boot from it, swap discs when the menu comes up then select CDROM.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." (Albert Einstein)
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Postby DavidF » Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:52 pm

I'm sorry guys, you have persevered, but no mater what I do, SBM refuses to see CDROM or DVDROM. Its there OK, diagnostics are OK, and I can read from it in Win2K, SBM just does not hack it. I guess I'll need to invest in a newer PC and try again. Thx for all your efforts.
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