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In my column I hope to bring you some information that will help as you plan your new business online, explore new products, and in general, help you stay informed. Most of the information found here is my own personal experiences, or information I have gathered from the net. If it helps you, great, please let me know. If not, please, no hate mail.

This information has been passed on from Jim Hottinger.

Jim Hottinger

What is KNOPPIX®?

KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it. KNOPPIX Version 3.8.2 is now available at

When I went to set it up I ran into some problems. After many hours of reading many instructions and trying different things:

This Is The Way I Did It:

Getting The Partitions Set Up Is The Hardest

Part::I Used A 6.4 GB Hard Drive. Don't Know What HD Is To Small, I Think It Will Fit On A 3.2GB Hd With A 200MB Swap File} Ok....Use 98 Fdisk {Win98 Startup Disk}To Make A Primary Partition ,Set Primary Partition Active, Don't Format {Note! If You Screw Up The Partitions While In Linux You Can't Fix With 98 Fdisk, Use Western Digital EZ Drive Disk And Remake The Partition ,Then Fdisk With Win98 Don't Format ! To get Rid Of The . It Has Been My Experance That Linux Doesn't Like A Bootable Hard Drive For Windows} You Need A Minimun Of AT Least 128 mb of Ram, It's Better If You Have 196 mb. I Used A 300 mhz Processor; Works Better On A Faster Processor. Change The Bios To Boot To CD-ROM, If It Isn't Already Set Up That Way.

KNOPPIX INSTALL: Put Knoppix Live CD In The Master CD-ROM If You Have Two CD-ROM & Reboot Computer. { BOOT} Will Appear AT Bottum Of Screen, Press ENTER. May Ask For Video Resolution; I Used {6}=800x600; {Knoppix Has A Problem With Older Video Cards, You Will Find Out Just Like I Did.} It May Auto Load The Resolution. When It Loads The CD Let It Settle In. Make Sure That You Have One Hard Drive On Desk Top; It Will Be Hda1={Primary hd},. Remember You Are Running Off Of A CD, That Has Loaded It's Working Parts Into Ram! So You Are Working From Ram. Go To {K} At Left In Task Bar & Click On It, Go To System, Then To QTParted And Click. Window Pops Up; Click On dev\hda . On Right PopUp, Right Click On It & Click On Format ,{Window Pops Up} ,One Of The Bars Has EXT3, Pull Down & Change To FAT32 Then Go To Devices & Commit .{Allways Go To Devices & Click On Commit After You Change Anything}. Will Finish Successfully. Right Click On The FAT32 Partition & Go To Resize. Then Change The Top MB To 200 UpTo 500MB Less Than It Is, For Instansts 6245.47MB To 6ooo.47MB This Will Give You A 245MB SWAP File & It Will Make 02 Partition, Right Click On 02 & Click On Create & Go To Pull Down & click On Knoppix SWAP And Resize What Ever MB You Want; From 200 Up To 500 Mb from it & Retype It In.{4000 Minus 200=3800 MB} let it finsh. Click On Devices & Commit. Then Right Click On The FAT32 Partition & Change It To A EXT2 {NOT EXT3} Partition & Go To Devices & Commit.. It Should Be Successfull. Ok You've Repartitioned Your HD To A EXT2 Partition & Made A Knoppix SWAP File....Now Go To Little Monitor In Bottom Task Bar, Click On It; Shell Konsole Window Will Come Up; Type Sudo Knoppix-installer Then Hit [ENTER] Install Window Pops Up ,Click On Installition, Then Click On Like CD & Follow The Instructions :::: Good Luck P.S. I Have Figured Out The Hard Part For You. Took Me Most Of A Week & A Half And Three Hands Full Of Hair. Looks Like These People That Write These Programs Would Help Us Linux Newbies Out By Writing A Step By Step ReadMe File, On How To Install On A Hard Drive Or Just Make One Like Corel Linux. Don't Get Me Wrong, I Thing Knoppix Is A Darn Good Operating System & It's Free. It Has More Stuff On It Than Carter Has Pills. You Are Welcome. Thank You Mr. Knopper!

My thanks to Jim for this information.

Rob Eubanks - Tech Talk - Fayetteville, Arkansas

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