Old Aptiva Wierd COnfig

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Whiteskin

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I bought this old aptiva at a garage sale. It had probelms (98 Wouldnt boot) but i hought for 20 buck why not, and the monito alone would be worth at least 80 (really nice 7")

I get it home set it up and get to work. NOw i realize that i cant load windows cause it uses ... well take a look first

http://www.idsa.org/whatis/seewhat/idea97/winners/aptiva.htm

The console has everything in it. (floppy and cdrom) the tower is untarnished black. The conslole is connected by what i belive to be SCSI. I cant seem to find anything that wil run on it. Anyone have any ideas? tried 95, but wouldnt boot off of cdrom, and i'm not willing to make the floppies.

I tried BeOS, (froze after booting to desktop)
Tried FreeBSD, but it wont run because of a conflict with the graphics card (ATI MAch64)

I havent been able to trie gentoo, becaue i cant find its floppies, and it wont boot of of cdrom.

Anyone have any ideas? (even a gentoo boot floppy?) I would rely be happy if i could get this machine going, becaue its quiet and powefull enough for word processing, which is all i need.
 

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whiteskin, you're link isn't working. I don't understand why you can't load window onto it. Is it because the CDROM isn't working?

::: EDIT :::
According to that second link, these things were coming with win95 preinstalled. :confused:
 

Whiteskin

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Its cause it uses a wierd interface as far as i can tell. it wont boot from cd, and i dont have any winbootdisks. Besides, i'd bequite glad to keep windows off of it.

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BTW, i knew it would be a fixer upper, because when i booted it at the garage sale they had theier windows dir down to one very large file. o i thought i format and reinstall.. they said they had the disc, but gave me the one for their other computer (an old imb early cdrom) so that didnt work.
 
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