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Old 09-02-2005, 12:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just wiped the hard drive on my i486. By wiped, I mean completely wiped, no OS or anything remaining.

I am planning on installing Linux and I have created a Linux setup CD-ROM. However, my old i486 can't boot from the CD-ROM drive, so I need a floppy boot disk that will boot from the CD-ROM drive. I tried using the Windows 98 FDISK, but I get the following error upon continuing with/without CD-ROM support:

ERROR: Unable to control A20 line!
       XMS driver not installed.
What is going wrong??
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