Joined: May 2008
||Posted: June 14 2008,09:57
First of all, hello everyone here at the DSL boards! I know my account has been laying around for a while, but I temporarily lost interest and resumed work on my Windows based projects.
Since my interest in wanting to learn how to use Linux some months back, I've been reading up on everything I've missed out on during the years. I searched around for awhile and found some really good distros I plan on using later, but I was looking for one to spring-board myself into Linux, without the risk of screwing up my Vista PC, then I found DSL. It was so damn perfect for a Compaq I have in my house, so I thought, 'Why not put DSL on it?'
In short, I want to dual boot DSL on a old Compaq in my house. (I could do it on my primary, Vista PC that I'm typing from right now, but I don't want that one to screw up if something goes wrong!)
The PC in question is a Compaq Presario 4540, 32 megabytes of RAM, 223mhz AMD processor, 2MB on board video-memory, 3 gig hard-drive with a FAT32 partition, 2 USB ports and a Lynksys wireless network card, all running on Windows 98SE.
The DSL live cd works great with the boot option dsl vga=785, so it's perfect for this machine. I understand that DSL can install itself easily with either boot loader of choice, but I can't find the right way to shrink the 3 gig FAT32 partition so that DSL will have enough room to install itself. Is there another way besides the things I've already tried? If so, please explain it to me like I'm an idiot, even though I'm not. I know my way around Windows, but Linux is a whole new world to me.
Here are the things that I have tried:
-Bled the DSL WIKI dry on every topic, no help on shrinking FAT32 Partitions.
-Gparted, the damned thing didn't have enough RAM to load up the Gnome GUI! I might be able to work around the GUI, but I don't know my way around in the command-prompt yet.
-Tools that comes with DSL, they can't shrink partitions, let alone a FAT32 partition.
-Qparted won't work because I don't actually have a Linux OS running natively in the first place. (Or if that PC had enough RAM to load up other damned live-cd distros with Qparted in them.)
-Frugal install, it couldn't find the iso no matter what I did and I heard it's horribly slow with 32 megabytes of RAM.
-Lots of other stupid, dumb partition editors that can shrink other partitions, but not FAT32 partitions!
-'Swiss Knife' sounded like a good idea, but I can't find a simple download link for it.
-banging my head on the keyboard!
-Partition Magic might work if I felt like spending excessive amounts of money that would be better spent on a decent-used graphics card rather than a few thousand lines of code that I might only execute 5 or 6 six times in my whole life.
-Trying to find Free Partition editors for Windows wouldn't turn up anything good either.
-Currently exploring emulating it through the VMware player on my Vista PC. The distro boots with 'vga=normal' just fine, but the default X window system has serious mouse issues, so I have to use the other one. (This also happens on the live cd in the Compaq.)