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Re: Laptop FAQ // Debian on Floppys??

Thanks for what you gave me I made the disks on my desktop. But I haven't
found a pcmcia Network Card thats in my price range yet, Is there a way I
can do it without a network card.

Will Robertson

On Tue, 21 Sep 1999, Adam Shand wrote:

> > I'm new to the Linux World and have been trying to install linux on it
> > for about a week now, I think that it is my cdrom drive, I have made
> > discs for Debian but I was wondoring if there was a way I could install
> > Debian via only floppys. I know it'll take five million floppys, but so
> > does windows and I know Linux is better that Win95.
> yep it's not to hard to do, it takes just under ten disks.  in fact i just
> installed debian this way on my old thinkpad 755cx (no cdrom).
> go to: ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/main/disks-i386/current/
> you need to make disks for all of these:
> base14-1.bin
> base14-2.bin
> base14-3.bin
> base14-4.bin
> base14-5.bin
> base14-6.bin
> base14-7.bin 
> drv1440.bin
> resc1440.bin	(depending on your laptop you might need resc1440-safe.bin
> 		or resc1440tecra-safe.bin instead.  i've never needed them
> 		so i don't know much about them, but other have worse luck.)
> root.bin 
> if you already have a linux box somewhere you can make these by issuing the
> command:
> # cp image.bin /dev/fd0
> if you only have a dos/windows box you also need the utility rawrite.exe
> which can be found at the same place.  just run it and it will walk you
> through making each disk.
> boot off of the rescue disk and you get walked through the install just like
> a cdrom.  once you finish you should be able to get support for networking
> and do the rest with apt.
> if yourr laptop pcmcia stuff is cardbus then it's a little harder.  you need
> the pcmcia stuff from unstable which requires glibc2.1 which you'll have to
> download and install by hand before you can upgrade, it's easy but a pain.
> hope this helps,
> adam.

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