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    Quote Originally Posted by Caluser2000 View Post
    I'm contemplating setting up a 486 as a linux system just for the hell of it. I use to have one some years back running Mandrake 6.1. I'm curious to see who else had one and what your system specs were?
    I compiled and booted the 4.11 kernel earlier this year on my ThinkPad 701C w/40MB of RAM, but all I had was busybox for a userspace. (I was curious if a modern kernel would start on a real 486)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarsMan2020 View Post
    I compiled and booted the 4.11 kernel earlier this year on my ThinkPad 701C w/40MB of RAM, but all I had was busybox for a userspace. (I was curious if a modern kernel would start on a real 486)
    Well Done. That's pretty cool. Did you compile it on a newer system?
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    I guess I'm in line with quite a few here.

    We had a 486DX4 100 initially running Slackware. (Mid 1990s). I remember buying it and ensuring that we got a SCSI CD-ROM drive, as that was all that Slackware supported back then. Later we upgraded to Red Hat, and for a while it was sharing our dial-up line with a couple of Windows for Workgroups PCs. Back then it was a passing interest...we'd used Unix at uni and were interested in keeping in touch with it for work purposes. We ended up using OS/2 Warp 3 (and later Warp 4) as our main desktop operating system.

    The next computer we got was a DELL Inspiron 7000 laptop with Celeron processor that we used as a desktop replacement. It was also running Red Hat linux, dual booting with Windows.

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    Yes, I cross compiled on a modern system. Then I copied the kernel image and initial ram fs image over to the 701C and used a DOS loader utility from back in the early days of Linux (which amazingly still works) to load and start the kernel from inside DOS.

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    For the Mandrake Linux user, be warned that Mandrake 9 has a bug where it will brick LG CD-ROM drives, if you decide to experiment with later versions than 6.

    LG didn't implement the ATAPI spec properly on their drives; So when the Mandrake kernel sends the FLUSH_CACHE command, the LG drive interprets it as UPDATE_FIRMWARE and the EEPROM is overwritten with garbage thus rendering the drive useless.

    I found this out the hard way back in the day and lost a good 32x LG drive.

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