Live CD install question, Kernel panic

I dug out my old laptop(IBM Stinkpad 760ED) and thought about running linux on it. After some coercing(making a boot cd and using smart boot to get it to boot off of the cd rom) I started it up with the Live CD. While opening it stops at this:

Unpacking initramfs…<0>Kernel panic - not syncing: Out of memory and no killab le processes…

So I have no idea…

The computer has Windows 98 installed on it, but I do not want it to be a dual boot system, just linux will be fine:)

Thanks for any help and direction!

So what spec is the ThinkPad?


2.1 gig Hard Drive


1.44 External Floppy Drive

1MB Video Ram

Is there anything else that you would be looking for?

You need something like
Puppy Linux

@2quick -

Hello again. Sorry, 48MB of RAM is a show-stopper. Puppy might run. There are a number of other mini-distros, but most start at 128MB ram. Or you could roll your own, but that is a lot of work. Sorry about that.

Thanks for the suggestions I will check out Puppy. If not it might just be a lost cause. I’ll let you know how it goes.