Joined: Jan. 2007
||Posted: May 31 2007,01:08
Hello. I am trying to learn linux but caught in a catch-22 since I can't get partimage to work. I wonder if the problem is partially (? entirely) because I was given a very old Pentium 1 laptop with 32 meg of RAM, and it is kinda a piece of garbage. The problem:
I want to copy off the contents of the win98 hard drive so I can wipe it and put linux on it so I can learn. I have used partimage before, so I want to use it again to copy the contents to an external hard drive or even a big thumb drive.
DSL 3.3 liveCD will load just fine by itself, so not a problem. It does lock up alot, though, as I use it. Anyhow, partimage does not come on the DSL distro, so I want to add it. I read through the DSL forums, and downloaded rescue.dsl. I put it on the thumb drive in a mydsl directory, but when booting and getting to the part where it loads the extension, I get a run of errors about can't find files and running out of processes. Then I saw that another post said to just get the executable and run it, not to worry about libraries because they would be there. Well, it can't find the libraries. I tried adding the rescue.dsl to the iso file in a mydsl folder using winiso, but when I boot I get a isolinux checksum error. I tried several times to make this CD, always the same result. I then put the rescue.dsl in my home folder, and tried the MyDSL install tool. I loaded up and looked like it tried to do something, but I can't find the files and after this no command line instruction would work, it just said it couldn't find any command, even ls or sudo or anything. So I just had to shut down.
I am not sure what else to try. The other distros that have partimage are too big. The one that came closest to working was INSERT, where partimage would load, but freeze when it started writing the file.
Any suggestions? It's not like I haven't tried. I have spent days trying different things. Thanks,