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The fun of legacy hardware

Jul 09, 2009, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"It has a K6/2 333MHz CPU and 128MB of EDO DRAM. It features a whole bunch of integrated devices and a fairly broken BIOS. As an embedded system it has a PC/104 bus for which I have a few modules including a GPS. I'm would like to get that working but getting Ubuntu to even install on it has been a pain.

"The source of the problem is an ITE IT8330G PCI-ISA bridge with IDE controller that is only supported by the ide-generic driver. This is rather obsolete and isn't loaded in most kernel images including bootable CDs. The latest Ubuntu CD that would boot is the 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) alternate CD.

"Gutsy's install worked up to where it loaded packages where it would hang after a while. I suspected it was running out of memory so I tried again. After formatting the partitions I switched to a different terminal and activated swap before continuing. This solved the problem:

free
fdisk -l /dev/hda
swapon /dev/hda5
free

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