I have a very VERY picky computer in my inventory. This computer is very selective on which operating system it wants to run. I've been on a quest to find ANY operating system that will actually run/install on it. The machine will defy explanation as it gives all sort of various errors while trying to run or install different operating systems , despite the machine being very basic and unremarkable.
List of working OS's
Original install of Windows 98 Completely fluke install of Windows XP (no idea how it did it) Damn small linux running on a cd
List of os's that have various install errors
Puppy linux 4.3.1 Vector linux 7.1 Old version of ubuntu (forgot number but supposedly compatible) Tiny linux (from two different boot cds) Windows Fundamentals for legacy pc's Windows xp (yes it only ever installed once , have no idea how it did it) Windows 2000 Tiny XP (from two different boot cds) antix 14.4 debian etch 4.0 r0
Os's I'm skipping lubuntu (requires PAE support) linux lite (requirements too high) Beos (won't have driver support) mac os (obvious) Command line os's like DOS ect... (I'm sure they'll work I just don't have a desire to use them) Anything that won't run on it's low specs
Challenge: Can you find an OS this picky old machine will actually run. I'll try them all and update the list as I go.
This one has 96 so a big upgrade from stock , also the cpu was swapped to a 233mhz cpu as well , it's also using 20-40gb drives so space will be ok.
The cpu requirements of vector linux's current distro are anything that has PAE support which includes a 233mhz pentium 2. The pentium 1 is the same speed however no PAE so that's where this will be a toughy.
Keep in mind, most of these BSD distros are very minimal out of the box. The beauty of this is you can install a minimal (and snappy) GUI on top of it and have something that is usable. If you have a network adapter, you might be able to build something that is even web capable!