Re: Bootdisk for PCMCIA?
Lukas Eppler wrote:
> Is there a boot floppy set which supports installation over a pcmcia
> network card?
> If not, how is the simplest way to do it?
Not that I know of. I've recently installed Debian on 3 laptops, mostly
by stumbling around in the dark until something worked. My latest and
easiest attempt was:
1. Download Rescue, drivers, base disks, pcmcia-cs*.deb,
pcmcia-modules*.deb and dhcpcd*.deb
2. Boot from rescue disk, install drivers disk and base disks.
3. Reboot when prompted
4. Just before running dselect for the first time, switch consoles;
install pcmcia-cs and pcmcia-modules; the version number for
pcmcia-modules should match the one for the kernel. I wasn't sure which
one to get, so I downloaded them all and tried one after another until
5. Since Dartmouth now supports DHCP, I also installed dhcpcd so I
wouldn't have to wait a week for the computer center to give me another
IP address. If you are not using DHCP, then you will need to edit
/etc/pcmcia/network.opts to include your IP address, etc. These should
be picked up from the numbers you typed in during the install, but I
switched to DHCP before I figured this all out.
6. Insert network card, which should now be recognized and started
7. Switch back to the first console and continue with dselect as usual.
A couple of notes: I've had a little difficulty with the dhcpcd
package; normally, it works just fine. Wait 10-15 seconds, and
magically the system gets an IP address and sets all the routing tables
by itself. Sometimes, though, after coming out of a suspend, it seems
to lose the network card completely, until I manually do "ifconfig eth0
down" followed by "ifconfig eth0 up", which seems to cure whatever ails
it. Also, now that I think about it, I've been installing from
unstable/. I've needed to install the latest libc5 and libc6 before I
could install pcmcia-cs from unstable/. I followed the libc5 to libc6
HOWTO slavishly here and had no problems.
I'm typing this from memory, so I may have forgotten some details.
Holler for more help if this doesn't work.
Stephen Ryan Debian GNU/Linux
Mathematics graduate student, Dartmouth College
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