I am attempting to install Fedora Core 3 on a older machine. (the is my first attempt at a linux install)
533 Mhz AMD K6
128 Mb RAM
Here's the issue. The motherboard and processor belong to an old Compaq Presario. The BIOS on the motherboard (as best I can tell) is the most recent available version. When I go into BIOS, it is extremely limited in options. It doesn't allow me to select the CD-ROM as a boot option.
I put the first CD (burnt using NERO) into the cd drive and started it up. The computer goes past the COMPAQ loading screen, then sits at a black screen with a blinking underscore ( _ ). I am unable to input anything or even use CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart (the computer is currently running Windows 98 SE). I then wondered if the issue was with my cd's, however my other PC boots right into the FEDORA boot screen.
So what are my options? The computer has USB ports and I have a 128 Mb JumpDrive, but there are no options in BIOS for usb booting either.
Is there anyway to boot from a disc, or to copy the files to the hard drive and install from there? Or am I just out of luck? If so is there another flavor of linux that does allow floppy booting, so that I can rid myself of windows on this machine?
thanks in advance for any and all help.
edit: This computer has Windows 98 SE, and I was hoping to format and run Linux as my sole OS.