I just decided to try out Haiku for fun. I have an old computer for things like this, it’s from the mid 90s.
I just use it for fun, experimenting with some things.
So I wanted to use it to try out Haiku, but it doesn’t boot the CD.
I mean, it starts from the CD, I see some “dots” running, then the screen turns black with a blinking cursor at the bottom.
Nothing works then.
This is the hardware which I use in this computer:
Motherboard: Abit AB-PR5
CPU: Intel Pentium MMX 233MHz
RAM: 128MB EDO-RAM
Videocard: ATi 3D Rage II+DVD (2MB) (PCI)
I still use the original CD-ROM drive of the computer, and I think it could cause this problem…
I tried to boot another OS from CD (AROS, you might have heard of it), and I also get a problem there. They have GRUB on CD for booting, but I do not get the proper boot menu, and the background is black, while booting the same CD on my notebook gives a nice menu (with a bigger choice of boot options) and the menu is also colored.
Maybe both problems have the same reason… and I have the feeling it could be the CD-ROM drive.
However, I do not have another CD-ROM drive for testing right now…
Booting and installing Windows 98SE and NT4 works without any problems. I also tried to boot Damn Small Linux from CD and it worked.
I don’t think that it is a problem with the CPU or motherboard, because someone else with other hardware also had the same problem booting Haiku. (you can read that here: http://www.notanon.com/reviews/trying-out-haiku-os-on-old-hardware/2010/06/21/ )
Does anyone have an idea how I could boot Haiku, or what might be the problem???
Thanks for answers…
Edit: I tried both, Haiku R1 Alpha 2 and the nightly build from August 29th. I tried booting the nightly build as live CD on a Notebook which I bought new about 2 years ago, and it worked!
Edit 2: On the hardware database at haikuware.com the ATi 3D RAGE II and II+ are reported to work, so I guess my 3D Rage II+DVD should also work. I think there has to be another reason for this problem… I also tried a newer CD-ROM drive now, but the same problem.