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Old 10-18-2006, 12:42 PM   #1
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Can not get DSL or Puppy to work with IBM ThinkPad 380 Laptops


I am a newbie to Linux and have researched to find the best OS for the 166MHz IBM ThinkPad 380ED laptops with 32MB- 80MB of RAM. After deciding on DSL or Puppy (Live CD), I downloaded the .iso files and burned them (correctly) on a CD disc. These laptops have a combination CD, Floppy drive and I did go into BIOS and listed CD-ROM first to boot.

Right now these laptops do not have an OS, and the hard drives are not formatted so when they are powered on, I get the error message: Invalid System Disk, Replace the disk and press any key. After trying the CDs, I received the error (with DSL): ISOLINUX 2.04 (Debian, 2003-06-06) isolinux: Image checksum error, sorry... Boot failed: press any key to retry..

I downloaded md5sum.exe from the Puppy web site but can not get it to work with a Windows XP computer, which is where I download everything to. With Win XP, I can not get a MS-DOS box to come up in the file folder to check if the downloads are valid.

I then downloaded the .iso files again from a different web site, and tried burning them on a CD-RW disc, since I only have a few CD-ROM discs left, and the disc was not recognized; I received the Invalid system disk... error.

I also tried using the zip file I downloaded for DSL 3.0.1, and burning it to a CD-ROM disc (after extracting the files) with the same result: Invalid System disk... I did not use the burn to disk image as I had with the .iso files.

Any help would be appreciated, since I am a complete newbie to Linux, and the more details the better, since I want this to work and do not have many CD-ROM discs left. I might be able to boot from a floppy, but could not find the files needed to do this, and they would have to fit on a floppy. These laptops do not have USB.

Thanks so much!
 
Old 10-19-2006, 09:04 PM   #2
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I can not get a MS-DOS box to come up in the file folder to check if the downloads are valid.
In the DOS box you can use the cd command just like linux to navigate to the file folder with the downloads. Remember that either md5sum.exe needs to be in your path or include its path location i.e. c:\location\of\md5sum file.iso
 
Old 10-24-2006, 11:22 AM   #3
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Hello:

I finally found md5sum.exe (md5.exe) that worked without coming up with the error, not a valid Win32 application, and I checked all my downloaded Linux files, which matched. I burned the dsl-3.0.1-syslinux.iso file, which works perfectly, but now I would like to install the Frugal DSL to the hard drive. It says I must make a 500MB partition first, and I am not finding the detailed instructions on how to do this. I have an unformatted hard drive, and am looking for a Windows 98 startup disk. I have read that you do NOT want to use fdisk or cfdisk from the Linux Live CD, so I need to know exactly what to do, all the way from step 1 to the end, with details, including how many partitions to make, how to label them, format them, and how to use the Live CD to install Linux DSL, once the partitions are completed. Also, what is the difference between GRUB and LILO?

Thanks in advance for the help.
 
Old 10-24-2006, 11:52 AM   #4
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Here is a howto:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...rugalHowto.pdf

Not sure what the reason not to use fdisk or cfdisk.

The main difference between grub and lilo is that any changes to the menu file in lilo requires the bootloader to bewritten and grub does not.
 
Old 10-24-2006, 09:12 PM   #5
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Hello:

I am sorry, as I mentioned, I am completely new to Linux and while the .pdf file you gave was helpful it assumes you know how to use CFDISK to create, size and name these partitions, so does not give the details I need. Also, since I am only using Linux, I am not sure if I still need a FAT partition or not, and if yes, what one do I choose (Fat 16, FAT 32, etc)?

I want to install the Frugal version of Linux DSL on my IBM ThinkPad 380ED. When I use the LiveCD to go to the desktop or to the boot: at the startup window, and try to install Frugal, it says that a system can not detect a Linux Partition and then goes on and says create your partition with cfdisk.

When I manage to get to that, it shows the primary drive as FAT 16, and it is at maximum size. When I try to delete this partition, it gives me an option to create a "new" partition (Linux partition), but I am then unable to create any other "new" partition, and the changes are NOT saved (goes back to FAT 16).

I have tried to find the instructions I need, but have been unable to locate anything that gives the details needed for someone to create these without any knowledge of Windows, FDISK, CFDISK, DOS-prompt etc. I have also tried to create different partition using FDISK from a Windows CD, but do not know what partitions to create using that, or even if those would work with a Linux install.

Thanks again for any information you can give me. Once I have all the details down, I will save the information so hopefully can install DSL Linux (or other Linux versions) without having to ask basic questions.
 
  


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