Re: HELP! 2.1 install from PCMCIA cdrom
On Fri, Jul 28, 2000 at 09:56, Jim Gale wrote:
> I didn't have any luck finding this topic in the archive, but I'm sure
> it's come up before...
> I'm being tortured by a Sony Vaio laptop which does not have a built in
> CDROM. Instead it has a PCMCIA connected CDROM drive. Happily the laptop
> is able to boot from the CDROM, so I just stuck my 2.1 CD in and tried
> to install Debian. It boots and I can fix up the harddrive, but
> unfortunately I can't install the operating system because Debian can't
> find the CDROM. (even though it booted from it!)
> Could somebody tell me how I can install Debian on this thing? (I'm
> installing 2.1 because I have CDs for it but I plan to upgrade to 2.2
> immediately, so let me know if this could be done better starting with
> I found a little bit in the HOWTO documents about installing from a
> PCMCIA device, but it didn't look pretty. I thought I'd check to see if
> there was a proper Debian way to do it.
> To help narrow down the possibilities, here are my other resources:
> a computer with debian 2.2 (but no net access, if I need to download
> something, it could be tricky)
> a Sun with net access (but Solaris)
> a PCMCIA NIC for the laptop (NFS boot?)
> I can't burn CDROMs
> I have plenty of floppies around if that's what I have to do.
If you have another OS on this laptop, windows perhaps, that can see the
cd-rom, then you can install the base system from floppies (around 10
for slink, if memory serves). I believe you'll find the images under --
wait, let me check, I just happen to have a very old slink CD -- let me
stick it in the drive on this windows machine (ssh'ed to my debian box
at home) . . .
How about ../dists/slink/main/disks-i386/current/
You'll need rawrite2.exe from ../tools/rawrite2/ to create the floppies
Once you get the base system up, you can use your PCMCIA NIC to finish
Although it's really old now, dating from the days of hamm, there's a
step-by-step page at the URL in my sig, that even mentions laptop
geek by nature, Linux by choice L I N U X .~.
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