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04-07-2009, 07:03 PM
Hi all, I have an old tecra 8000 and have installed a copy of Puppy on it.
The screen is stopped on a message showing:
"Loading vmlinuz.................
Loading image.gz....................
Unizaming linux...done
Booting the kernel
blinking cursor"

I understand this could take a while but it has been a couple of hours now. Is this normal or is something amiss?

04-07-2009, 08:06 PM
Something is definitely amiss.
Some computers do take a long time to boot the kernel, but I have yet to hear of a few hours. 10 minutes max maybe.
Tried to reboot? From your post I assume you are booting from harddrive?
IIRC Puppy also has a live CD environment, tried booting to that?

04-07-2009, 08:09 PM
Mine took about 5 mins the first time and now is a bit quicker but not much as the PC is real old

05-07-2009, 04:47 PM
Use the bootable CD version of Puppy4. The earlier Puppy 3 is Ok too.
When it is running to your liking you can get it to install on your hard drive.

Puppy is brilliant, even includes part-edit partition manager, so you can format your drive as you wish, and most of the software you would normally use.

Booting should not take more than a couple of minutes.

05-07-2009, 08:14 PM
There are instructions on the net for Puppy on the Tecra 8000 here - http://wellminded.com/clients/puppy/tecra8000.html. The neomagic video chipset seems to be the culprit.

05-07-2009, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the replies, the lappie doesnt have an operational cd-drive so was trying to install with an Ide adapter and somehow managed to screw up the PC as well.
The Puppy was actually CoolCnc that runs EMC for mill work,

06-07-2009, 07:53 AM
Puppy can be run from USB sticks as well