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Re: Getting an old boot disk

On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 05:46:58PM -0400, Matt Gerginski wrote:
| Hi, its me again, the kid with the 486.  The newest boot disk that i can
| get to boot on the 486 is from 1.3.1.  the installation was good,
| except, i found out there were no dhcp utilities shipped with 1.3.1.
| That was the whole reason i needed to boot with a debian disk, so that i
| could get that to work.  My question now is:  if i have a dhcpcd.deb
| package, how can i install it on the computer using dpkg-deb??  Idealy,
| I'd like to somehow be able to just install 2.0 or above, but that cant
| happen until i can boot from the disks.  I was going to transfer the
| hard drive into my big computer and install there, then switch the hard
| drive, but then the network card would not be configured for the 486,
| which brings me back to whrre i am now.  any help would be greatly
| appreciated.  thanks.  --mattgerg

Well, configuring the NIC is really, really, simple (in my
experiences); much easier than installing an old distro that is
missing stuff you need.  Here are some more details from my install
via hd switching :

Modern machine :
    Duron 750
    128MB RAM
    Linksys LNE100TX PCI NIC (tulip)

Antique machine :
    Intel 486sx 25
    8MB RAM
    NetGear FA-????? ISA NIC (NE2000 clone)

Both systems have identical /etc/hosts and /etc/resolve.  The
/etc/interfaces differs only in that the newer system specifies the
older system as the gateway.  I did an install with the hd in the new
machine, then switched it to the old one.  I then editied
/etc/modutils/aliases and changed 
    alias eth0 tulip
    alias eth0 ne
and added
    options ne io=330 irq=7

or something like that (I can look it up at home if you want the info
-- basically I had to tell it what the base IO address was, and
something else (maybe IRQ) because ISA PnP doesn't work very well so I
disabled it on the NIC).


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