A better box

My upstairs neighbor Eric let me take an old Compaq Pentium II for this project. The older one worked, but it was incredibly slow. The Compaq, a Deskpro 4000MMX @ 220 MHz, handles Linux a lot faster than the Pentium I.

Unfortunately Compaq was a crappy company that put very important BIOS and boot stuff on a weird little hard drive partition instead of the motherboard, like any sane PC manufacturer. I erased said partition and then installed Linux, but the damn thing won't boot up. Fortunately I found the floppy boot disks to replace it (or else this one). Such is the PC world—bad operating systems and bad hardware setups. The plot continues...

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