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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.


graphics card

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
  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

To install Windows 95 on it, you will need a Windows 95 boot floppy, a Windows 95 boot CD (I got mine from eBay) and a registration code.

  • boot from floppy
  • fdisk c:
  • format c:
  • change drive to s:
  • call setup.exe

See also