Booting P5-120 from CD

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I have an old P5-120 running Win 98 that isn't used much. I have Knoppix, a
bootable version of Linux, on CD.

How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?

P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long time.

Thanks, Sam
 

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If I recall correctly, way back then straight boot from a CD was not
supported by most BIOS. Boot from floppy, load DOS CD driver and then run
setup from CD was as good as it got as far as I recall.

"SamL" <none@no_such_isp.com> wrote in message
news:XfqdnSRrkefNJ7bfRVn-ig@comcast.com...
> I have an old P5-120 running Win 98 that isn't used much. I have Knoppix,
a
> bootable version of Linux, on CD.
>
> How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?
>
> P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
> processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
> A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
> recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
> recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long
time.
>
> Thanks, Sam
>
>
 
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The original BIOS in the Intel made baby AT boards used by Gateway does not
support booting directly from CD. Apparently MRBIOS doesn't either.

With Windows, you booted a floppy which would load the device driver and MSCDEX
program needed to install WIndows from CD. You'll need to look around Linux
land to find a similar floppy which starts up the Linux kernel, then allows you
to enter the command(s) needed to load Linux from CD... Ben Myers

On Sun, 6 Mar 2005 21:19:57 -0500, "SamL" <none@no_such_isp.com> wrote:

>I have an old P5-120 running Win 98 that isn't used much. I have Knoppix, a
>bootable version of Linux, on CD.
>
>How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?
>
>P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
>processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
>A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
>recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
>recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long time.
>
>Thanks, Sam
>
>
 
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Most Linux Distro CDs have boot floppy images and DOS/Windows based
utilities to copy the contents of the image to a floppy. After doing this
you can boot from the floppy and install linux with the CD (just like you
had to do with Win 95 when it first came out on CD, it wasn't a bootable
cd).

"> bootable version of Linux, on CD.
>
> How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?
>
> P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
> processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
> A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
> recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
> recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long
time.
>
> Thanks, Sam
>
>
 
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Most Linux Distro CDs have boot floppy images and DOS/Windows based
utilities to copy the contents of the image to a floppy. After doing this
you can boot from the floppy and install linux with the CD (just like you
had to do with Win 95 when it first came out on CD, it wasn't a bootable
cd).

However I see that Knoppix is a Live version meant to run completely from
the cd (not installed to HD). Since this is the case you might be out of
luck. But It still might have provisions for booting from floppy, I would at
least check it out. Find the readme file on the disk and see what it says.


"SamL" <none@no_such_isp.com> wrote in message
news:XfqdnSRrkefNJ7bfRVn-ig@comcast.com...
> I have an old P5-120 running Win 98 that isn't used much. I have Knoppix,
a
> bootable version of Linux, on CD.
>
> How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?
>
> P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
> processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
> A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
> recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
> recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long
time.
>
> Thanks, Sam
>
>
 
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These systems will not boot from CD - you will need to make a boot floppy.



SamL wrote:
> I have an old P5-120 running Win 98 that isn't used much. I have Knoppix, a
> bootable version of Linux, on CD.
>
> How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?
>
> P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
> processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
> A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
> recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
> recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long time.
>
> Thanks, Sam
>
>
 
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Thanks guys. There is an option to create a two-floppy boot set which then
loads the rest of Knoppix from the CD. It works, but 128MB of memory just
doesn't cut if for the graphical interface--spends an awful lot of time
swapping stuff in an out from the hard drive.

Sam

"SamL" <none@no_such_isp.com> wrote in message
news:XfqdnSRrkefNJ7bfRVn-ig@comcast.com...
>I have an old P5-120 running Win 98 that isn't used much. I have Knoppix,
>a bootable version of Linux, on CD.
>
> How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?
>
> P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
> processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
> A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
> recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
> recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long
> time.
>
> Thanks, Sam
>
 
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Yep. That graphical interface will eat up memory every time, even if its not
Windows. Remember when 640KB was plenty for DOS? Ben Myers

On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 20:09:55 -0500, "SamL" <none@no_such_isp.com> wrote:

>Thanks guys. There is an option to create a two-floppy boot set which then
>loads the rest of Knoppix from the CD. It works, but 128MB of memory just
>doesn't cut if for the graphical interface--spends an awful lot of time
>swapping stuff in an out from the hard drive.
>
>Sam
>
>"SamL" <none@no_such_isp.com> wrote in message
>news:XfqdnSRrkefNJ7bfRVn-ig@comcast.com...
>>I have an old P5-120 running Win 98 that isn't used much. I have Knoppix,
>>a bootable version of Linux, on CD.
>>
>> How can I get the P5 to boot from the CD?
>>
>> P5's got the MR Bios which I added when I upgraded to an Evergreen
>> processor. If I go into setup, the only choices I get for boot device are
>> A:, C:, Network or Menu. Menu just gives a choice of A: or C:. I seem to
>> recall the the CD device driver is loaded after Win 98 boots. But I also
>> recall botting from the CD to upgrade to Win 98, but it's been a long
>> time.
>>
>> Thanks, Sam
>>
>
>