The computer that I call Arlt 2001 has been built by Arlt in 2001. It has a floppy disk drive, an RS232 connector and cannot boot from USB. It is a 32bit compi.
I cannot boot it with Ubuntu 10.11, the monitor does not work then. I cannot install SUSE 12.1, the monitor does not work then. The only way to start it that I found so far is with a Knoppix 6.7 CD, fb800x600 mode.
The graphics card makes churn with newer OS releases. It is an nVidia GeForce2 MX/MX 400:
knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ hwinfo --gfxcard 18: PCI 100.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA) [Created at pci.318] UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_10de_110 Unique ID: VCu0.KhgPIJ2GID5 Parent ID: vSkL.mXT7vbpG6dC SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 SysFS BusID: 0000:01:00.0 Hardware Class: graphics card Model: "nVidia GeForce2 MX/MX 400" Vendor: pci 0x10de "nVidia Corporation" Device: pci 0x0110 "GeForce2 MX/MX 400" SubVendor: pci 0x107d "LeadTek Research Inc." SubDevice: pci 0x2830 Revision: 0xa1 Memory Range: 0xee000000-0xeeffffff (rw,non-prefetchable) Memory Range: 0xf0000000-0xf7ffffff (ro,non-prefetchable) Memory Range: 0xefff0000-0xefffffff (ro,non-prefetchable,disabled) IRQ: 11 (no events) I/O Ports: 0x3c0-0x3df (rw) Module Alias: "pci:v000010DEd00000110sv0000107Dsd00002830bc03sc00i00" Driver Info #0: XFree86 v4 Server Module: nv Driver Info #1: XFree86 v4 Server Module: nvidia 3D Support: yes Color Depths: 16 Extensions: Options: Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown Attached to: #10 (PCI bridge) Primary display adapter: #18
Installing Knoppix 7.02
I can use this computer with Knoppix 7.02 if I start it with the option
So on 2012-06-09 I installed Knoppix 7.02 on harddisk. But now the option fb1280x1024 is no longer selectable and when starting, the monitor remains black with a message "unsupported mode". So the question is how do I get Knoppix on harddisk started as if I had started it from DVD with the option fb1280x1024.
To find this out I start Knoppix 7.02 from DVD, choose fb1280x1024 as boot option and look at the what parameters the bootloader/initrd were using to start the kernel:
# cat /proc/cmdline ramdisk_size=100000 lang=en apm=power-off vga=794 video=1280x1024 xmodule=fbdev initrd=minirt.gz nomce libata.force=noncq hpsa.hpsa_allow_any=1 loglevel=1 tz=localtime BOOT_IMAGE=linux
Now if I add the boot parameters vga=794 video=1280x1024 xmodule=fbdev Knoppix boots perfectly from harddisk. In order not to have to add it on every boot, I add it in the file /boot/grub/menu.lst. Ready. The computer starts Knoppix without any intervention from harddisk.
Installing Windows 95
- boot from floppy
- fdisk c:
- format c:
- change drive to s:
- call setup.exe