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    Trying to install any form of linux on a vintage laptop...need help

    Brief:

    I have a mid-nineties Toshiba 325CDS laptop and i have been working very hard to install any form of linux on it to no avail. Many Live CDs throw errors mid-way throught the boot process. No matter what distribution, all seem to give the same error.

    Approximate Specs:

    233MHz Pentium I CPU w/MMX
    96MB ram w/500MB swap
    60GB 5400RPM Parallel IDE hdd
    Generic Toshiba CD Drive (Parallel)


    So far, I have tried:

    Ubuntu Netbook Remix:
    Error Msg --> [Drops to BusyBox shell (ash)] "(intitramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live filesystem."

    anitX Linux v8.5 i486
    Error Msg --> "Can't find antiX filesystem, sorry"
    "Dropping to a very limited shell"
    "/static/ash: can't access tty; job control turned off"

    Puppy Linux v5.0.1:
    Error Msg --> "ldm_validate_partition_table(): Disk read failed"
    [Hangs]

    The only success i have had in bootting to a live cd is gParted, of which i have hade a 500mb swap and ~58gb ext3 partition. Does anyone have any ideas?? Thanks.

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    wojox is offline I Ubuntu, Therefore, I Am
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    Re: Trying to install any form of linux on a vintage laptop...need help

    Damn Small Linux is the only thing I could think of.

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