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Preparing the CF-A44

Windows 98SE was installed on the CF-A44. I decided to resize the Windows partition (FAT partition) to 2 gigabytes, leaving about five gigabytes for Linux.

First I had to get rid of a lot of Windows programs. The SuSE installer recommends running `Cleandisk' and `DeFrag', which are standard programs in the Windows 98 operating system.

Windows 98SE can recognise a hard-drive attached to the USB port. So can the SuSE 9.1 rescue disk. I copied all my Windows files to an external hard-drive using the SuSE rescue disk. My external hard-drive has USB 2.0 and Firewire interfaces, but was compatible with the CF-A44's USB 1.0 port.

Now you need to confront the Japanese BIOS. I cannot read any Japanese, so your guess is likely to be better than mine. Press F1 soon after system start to enter the BIOS. Of particular note, the fourth entry in my BIOS menu allows you to set boot preferences, such as whether the system will boot from an inserted CD-ROM before the hard-drive or floppy disk. SuSE 9.1 includes a bootable CD-ROM (CD 1), so choose `CDD-FDD-HDD'. You then need to exit the BIOS, saving your settings. That will be one of the other options in the BIOS menu, I think it is the last one. You are then presented with two options. Try one of them (at your own risk!).


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David Fong 2011-01-25