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I am trying to install Vector Linux 5.1 over Ubuntu 5.04: Hoary Hedgehog Release on an old Dell Inspiron 3000 laptop with:

200MHZ Pentium MMX
128MB RAM

The boot CD loads fine and I am able to complete the first couple of steps (default choices on partitions and keyboard). When I get to the step titled:

"Find the media (HD/CDROM) and start the installation"

...I move to a screen with the following displayed:

"Fining Vector Linux install media..."

It gets hung up there and indicates that it can't find the install media.

Help!

Thanks.
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by:nedvis
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Vector Linux 5.1 and Vector Linux 5.1.1 SOHO are great distributions but the problem you may have with it is your Pentium I CPU since minimum system requirement for VectorL. is Pentium III ( 500 MHz and up). All latest kernel 2.6 based distributions are precompiled for x586 Intel CPUs.
Anyway, I would check CD media for errors and even create new copy.
You should also check whether Inspirion removable CD-drive is SCSI or IDE .
Some SCSI devices need more tweaks for Linux to boot properly ( you can try selecting different boot options - e.g. kernel support for SCSI drives-  at startup)

In any case I would rather go for original Slackware Linux or other distributions based on Patrick Volkerding's distro and Slack would be my first choice
Slack ( http://www.slax.org/requirements.php )
http://www.eskimo.com/~meik/linux/slackwareinstall.html#specs   





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by:jrmattox
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According to the VectorLinux system requirements guide, I should be OK with  

My CD seems to be IDE.
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by:jrmattox
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oops...Let me complete that sentence

According to the system requirements guide, I should be OK with the standard edition of VectorLinux:

ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/vectorlinux/docs/vl50/manuals/vl5_installation_guide_en.html

My CD drive is a Toshiba I3000 and seems to be IDE. It is set to boot in BIOS.

I'm downloading Slackware now and hoping that I don't get hung up at the same point in the Slackware install. I'll post the results...



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Error type 5:

Installing from CD-ROM fails with this error: "mount: /dev/scd7 is not a valid block device"

Your CD-ROM or CD-RW requires scsi emulation. When the installation greets you with the first prompt (where it says "boot:" at the bottom left) you should type :

ide hdx=ide-scsi

(where x is your cd-rom unit).

If that doesn't work restart and try writing

scsi hdx=ide-scsi

(where x is your cd-rom unit).

ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/vectorlinux/docs/vl50/manuals/vl5_installation_guide_en.html#requirements
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