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I have just recently downloaded debian off the internet and want to install it onto my old pentium 2 system.  I have put the cd in pc and tried to boot off it but nothing happens at all.  I need some help on how to install this OS as i want to learn unix/linux alot more.
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Hi,

1)make sure that you bios allow you to boot from cd.
2) if yes change boot sequence to boot from cd first - also try somewhere else if your cd is bootable
3) if not boot from win98 boot floppy with cd-rom support
4) go to folder install on cdrom and run boot.bat
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BTW : what version of debian do you have? woody or sarge?

useful links:

http://www.debian.org/distrib/floppyinst
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/install
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I have got version woody luxana
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does anyone else have easy steps on how to install debian on my pc
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paulservais,

those are very easy steps, I just do not know what exactly you got stuck. Can your bios boot from cd or not?
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no cant boot from CD
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ok so what you need to do is :

1) create win98 system disk ( it can be anything else wchich alows you to boot to DOS with cdrom support)
2) detremine what is your cd-rom drive( I assume that it is E:
3) then issue comands:
e:
cd install
boot
this launch kernel to memory and starts instalation.

Remeber that debian istalation is one of the hardest among all distros. I require base knowledge about partitoning and hardware fundamentals.

try those steps above if you got stuck somewhere let me know.

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ok cheers mate,  i will try this tonight and get back to you
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paulservais

no worries just let me know how you doing !

one more link I was following it just recently when I was insttaling sarge to Pentium I .
This link is for network install but there is goot how to start instalation from floppy but first try procedure above:

http://marc.herbert.free.fr/linux/win2linstall.html

./lubo
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and one more :

http://www.aboutdebian.com/install3.htm

any problem let me know...


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Hi mate i will not able to try this till the weekend unfortunatly.  I saw in details your looking for work in sdyney,  im moving to oz next year prob brisbane area - is it hard to get IT work out there
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Hi paul,

Check my details again !

./lubo
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says u looking for a job in sydney, how long u been looking
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paul ,

can you have a look on my details again? I have IT job here in sydney but I'm looking for something else.:-)
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