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Puppy Install on AMD K6/233
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keilor

Joined: 26 Feb 2007
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Location: Albury/Wodonga Australia

PostPosted: Sun 15 Apr 2007, 07:34    Post subject:  Puppy Install on AMD K6/233  

I have on old AMD K6/233 with 96mb of RAM and Win95 on a 4gb HD. I thought I would have a go at installing Puppy on it. This is how it went (If I remember it correctly).

I booted it using a 2.14 CD and used GParted to shrink the partition (FAT32) to about half size. I then created an extended partition and added a swap partition and an ext3 partition into it.

I then used the Universal Installer to do a full install into the ext3 partition and add GRUB to the MBR. Puppy then booted off the HD with only one problem - it kept detecting a ps2 mouse instead of a serial one.

I found a thread about that problem but none of the info in it worked. I spent a couple of hours trying to get the correct mouse driver at boot up when all of a sudden it just started working and I have no idea why.

Anyhow Puppy now seems to be quite happy with it.

An interesting aside is that when I booted to Windows to see if 95 still worked I was amazed at how fast it was! If MS keeps advancing at this rate then in a couple of years you'll have to turn your PC on in the morning if you want to use it at night! Razz
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raffy

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PostPosted: Sun 15 Apr 2007, 10:50    Post subject: Congrats  

Well, congratulations!

Your last paragraph, though, is difficult to "decode". Smile

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k4bbob


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr 2007, 09:12    Post subject:  

keilor:

I would really like to know how to get around the ps2 only boot of puppy 2.14. I am trying to get more use out of an AMD K6 300MHz machine currently running W98. I have about 2.6 Gb available on the HD, and 128 Mb RAM.

The maching just freezes on 2.14 boot, and with 1.01 boots fine. Glad I kept an old copy of Puppy.

Is there a way I can get puppy to recognize the serial mouse?
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headfound


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr 2007, 12:42    Post subject:  

k4bbob
Heres a fix for serial mice!

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=15567

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k4bbob


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr 2007, 14:22    Post subject:  

headfound:

Thanks for the thread on config for serial mouse. However, if you look at Puppy 2.14, neither the xorg.conf file or the xorg.conf0 file have an input section. There is mention at the bottom of the file about Wizards handling the rest of the configuration.

Actions taken:

1. Used Keyboard/Mouse Wizard to config mouse and # of buttions (2). Checked mousedevice and mousebuttons files for changes. Exited Puppy, saved to multi-session CD. AMD K6 300 MHz machine booted, but mouse pointer frozen.

2. Next, applied same changes as #1. Re-mastered multi-session CD. Same results. Checking the newly remastered CD for file changes, it was as if nothing had been accomplished by the Wizard. The mouse related files referenced above had not been changed.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Apr 2007, 00:39    Post subject:  

Success! Getting Puppy 2.14 configured to operate with a serial mouse has to be done everytime you boot.

Action taken:
1. Boot with live CD normally. When Puppy gets to entry screen, and the mouse is frozen, press F12 to get to Menu System.

2. With TAB, ARROW keys, etc. navigate the menu to get to Setup>Mouse/Keyboard>Mouse>Serial>OK

3. Press CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE to get to command line.

4. Type xwin to run video and mouse config.

I guess I could have run the XVESA Wizard from the same menu, too.

You should have a usable serial mouse, now.

This works for me on an old AMD K6 300 MHz machine. When I exit Puppy, I save the Pup_Save file to the HD.

When I re-boot, I have to go through the whole thing, again.

bb
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Sage

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PostPosted: Tue 17 Apr 2007, 01:57    Post subject:  

Very helpful, thanks, bob. Not sure we've have a list of keystrokes before? Maybe in the early days? Puppy doesn't have the letter-underline for ALT-key access in its menus. When needed, have to fiddle around with usual suspects (ALT, TAB, BACK, etc).
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