Linux on a Compaq Contura 410
- Compaq Contura 410
- 486DX2 with 50 MHz
4 MB on System Board,
16 MB Expansion Module (non-Compaq)
- 9.5" Monochrome STN, 640*480
the original 250 MB died, and the
repair service installed this disk
which is reported somehow different by:
but it works :-)
- Compaq Setup
- Type 65, 1 cylinder, 15 heads, 63 sectors
- Compaq Diagnostic
- Type 65, 838 cylinder, 240 heads, 63 sectors
- Linux 'cat /proc/ide/hda/geometry'
- 3Com Etherlink III LAN PC Card (3C589D)
(initial installation via FTP not possible, requires at least 32 MB RAM, once the system is installed FTP works too)
- X server
NOTE: the WD90C24[A] video chip must be chosen,
otherwise the upper and the middle horizontal screen line
plan the disk partitioning carefully before doing anything,
especially when setting up a dual boot system;
the Compaq Diagnostic Partition is small,
but it occupies one partition (out of only 4),
and, it's not really needed,
a floppy containing the diagnostic software does the job.
choose the right video chip.
for testing the memory, use an old memtest86 (e.g. 2.8) and
set the upper address limit to 20M.
have a look at
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