Test Haiku in Real Hardware

I obtained an old Pentium II machine with 128MB ram and 10GB HD. I would like to use Haiku in this machine for some tests. I would like to know how I can do it from a HD image, and what software should I need to do this.

You could either

  1. Put R5 on a partition, download and build Haiku, and jam it to a Haiku partition (what I do), and then set up bootman to boot from either partition;

  2. You could pull the HD out, mount it in another computer already running R5, and do the same, but replacing the HD into the machine you want Haiku on to boot it.


The most flexible way you can get Haiku onto the machine would be to install BeOS R5 PE (Max V3/V4 would make good candidates) - You can also purchase an install BeOS R5.0.3 Pro from purplus if you don’t mind spending ~$25 USD.

In any case, I recommend partitioning your drive into two equal parts, putting R5 on the first partition, and then using R5 to install Haiku to the second partition. This would allow you to copy additional apps to the second partition for testing.

Unfortunately with only 128mb RAM, you probably won’t have much luck obtaining the source and building Haiku (my 256mb PIII can barely accomplish this feat without running out of memory during the process).

You’ll simply use R5 to format the second partition as BFS, use makebootable to make it bootable, and add it to bootman. You can mount the haiku image using a image mounting tool from BeBits, and then copy the contents to the partition.

(update: Oops, looks like Deej beat me to it :D)

Yup on the out of memory issue…

I just pulled out an old Dell GX1 (366Mhz proc, 128Mb ram and a 10Gb HD) that’s been in my basement for several years, and it is smashingly unsuccessful at building Haiku (although R5 runs great on it) - out of memory error not far into a build. Gonna have to pull the hard disk, mount it on my dev system, and install Haiku that way, as I need to test out Haiku’s ability to run certain apps on minimal hardware. :wink: