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Re: Debain 3.0r2 on Toshiba 3440ct

Hello Mumtaz,

On Sunday 06 June 2004 21:15, Mumtaz Ahmed wrote:
> I am trying to figure out how to install Debain 3.0r2
> on Toshiba 3440ct laptop which has a USB bootable
> floppy. It is a pity that it does not have a bootable
> CD drive.

There is a port replicator extension available which houses an optical 
drive. The Portege knows how to boot from this replicator. For full access 
under linux you may have to patch your kernel, though: e.g. newer 2.4.x 
kernels may not recognize the Toshiba Piccolo IDE controller in the 
replicator, unless you edit 


and change the default line




according to what 'lspci' or similar show for the replicator's built-in IDE 
controller. Recompile, install kernel, reboot, voila.

> I tried booting with compact.bin and root.bin, but
> nothing happens (i.e. a blank screen appears). A quick
> search on google and on this list's archive was not
> much of a help.

Have you set the USB floppy to "Legacy Emulation" in the BIOS? You can 
enter the BIOS by pressing ESC immediately after powering on, then press 

Good luck,
 Frank Trenkamp                     frank at trenkamp dot org
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