[lug] Re: Compaq and Linux(Was CD-R drives)

Michael J. Pedersen marvin at netinfra.net
Thu Oct 21 20:39:44 MDT 1999

On Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 07:52:34AM -0600, Tim Fredrick wrote:
> As a facility that primarily uses Linux on Compaq PC's I thought I'd
> beter pipe in :-)  Their BIOS is indeed on a special partition, but
> the partition is small, and the Redhat installations that we do seem
> to allow you to leave it alone.  You also have the option to access the
> same BIOS functions from a floppy or CD-ROM boot in case something bad
> happens to the hard disk partition.

People have had very good experiences installing Linux on Compaq, and I should
have clarified what happened for me specifically:

When I tried to install Debian 2.1 (latest stable release), the cfdisk utility
couldn't read the partition table due to that special BIOS software partition
being of a non-standard type.  As a result, installation was more than a
little wacky as I made separate bios floppies, ænd then blew away the
partition table so cfdisk would work.

While newer versions of the cfdisk and fdisk utility may work correctly,
Debian 2.1 didn't.

Michael J. Pedersen
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