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RE: [K12OSN] Older boxes hang trying to mount nfs



Hi Mike

I have some old Compaq 386's running as work stations, although I
wouldn't recommend this as they are very slow as are low spec 486.  486
with reasonable Vesa cards in them seem to be working fine.  This is in
a primary school situation which is not putting huge demand on graphics
etc. 

Keith & Chris Turner
167 Innes Rd
St Albans
Christchurch 8005
New Zealand
ph  64-3-355-8908
email turner cyberxpress co nz


-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-admin redhat com [mailto:k12osn-admin redhat com] On Behalf
Of Mike Rambo
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2002 2:40 AM
To: k12os list
Subject: [K12OSN] Older boxes hang trying to mount nfs

I have a newer gateway box running well as a workstation
finally. Now I'm trying to get where we really wanted to go
- that being to get older equipment to be useable again via
LTSP.

I have an 8MB IBM Eduquest Forty (hey now - stop that
laughing - at least the Twenty-Fives and Thirties will be
gone by the end of this summer ;-) and a 16MB IBM 330
(486-50) both of which hang during boot. I'm using ltsp-5
kernels as I've been told previously that newer kernel have
troubles with older 486 boxes (BTW, the -5 kernel is ok with
the Gateway box). The last messages I see are:

doing the pivot_root
nfs: server ... not responding
nfs: server ... not responding
nfs: server ... ok
nfs: task 63 can't get a request slot
nfs: task 64 can't get a request slot

Speaking of older boxes, I have looked but been unable to
find any specifications on what a minimum workstation
configuration might be. We want to run X windows (ICEwm is
fine), educational games, open office, a browser etc. What
is the minimum configuration (processor speed, ram) that
will reasonably permit this keeping in mind that this old
equipment is already common here and teachers are used to
slower performance (not that we like it).

Thanks.


-- 
Mike Rambo
mrambo lsd k12 mi us



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