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Old 02-05-2005, 06:56 PM   #1
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I wanted linux so bad I formatted HDD!


Hi,
I've just done the unthinkable. I have a sony vaio PCG-505F laptop with windows 98. I went to c: prompt and formatted the hard disk /s
now the floppy drive that came with it is Kaput anyway so i can't get bootfloppy read. I do have a PCMCIA CDROM drive, but the system doesnt recognise it either - it keeps telling me that apart from C:, all other drives are invalid.
C: has just command.com in it
Now I presume i would need to write the lot in: MSCDEX, etc
i can write autoexec and config.sys...how do i get the rest of the basic files in?
HELP!
Now I want to install redhat on this system. I have the 6.1 on a CDROM.
Is there a solution besides opening up the laptop and physically connecting the hard drive to a master?
 
Old 02-05-2005, 07:58 PM   #2
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If you can boot from floppy, then its ok. Use another computer to build floppies to install redhat and boot your laptop with them.
I strongly suggest that you do not install a version as old as 6.1. Get at least 9.0, or fedora, if you wanna stick to redhat. But there are others as good.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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Thanks bruno! However....

there is no floppy, there is no CDROM.
there is nothing but command.com


ok...i didn' mean it to rhyme, but there it is!

you reckon I should get the connector cable and boot it up? I'll probably do that.
Can't think of programming assembly programs in DOS now!
Do I really need to have Win98 on another partition as well - I read on linux-laptops that sony is notorious for making machines for win systems, or at least the modems?
How about SuSE 9.1? i have the latest fedora, yoper, freeBSD, and luit linux. What do u recommend as this is a pentium 1 machine with 32 MB RAM, 4GB HDD.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 08:35 PM   #4
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Sorry, friend, I guess I misunderstood you, in the first place.
All these systems you mentioned will crawl in a 32MB machine, if they install at all. Grab an old installer, Debian or Slackware, and do this with the assistance of a Debian or Slackware user.
Most redhat or suse modern versions will not yield pleasant experience unless you have 256MB or more.
Also, you do have to provide floppy and cdrom drives in order to install anything, even win98 again, if you wish.
Good luck! Keep us posted.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 10:34 PM   #5
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pop the HD

Easiest soloution:

Pop the hard drive and install with a different machine.

I was in the same situation recently, and, after much aggrevation
I pulled the hard drive and did the install with my desktop.

Buy a cable and your ready to go!

Nathan
 
Old 02-06-2005, 05:49 AM   #6
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is it possible to program an MSCDEX.EXE file in DOS? then if i can get the CDROM working i could install debian.
any thoughts?
 
Old 02-06-2005, 06:26 AM   #7
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Originally posted by penguinhead31
is it possible to program an MSCDEX.EXE file in DOS? then if i can get the CDROM working i could install debian.
any thoughts?
I'd be inclined to go with the suggestion to remove the disk.
However, if not, go have a look at www.bootdisk.com. Haven't used it, but others I know have.
Gives you a bootable floppy with IDE CD drivers built in. However, remember MSCDEX is unlikely to get you access to a PCMCIA CD drive. Hopefully bootdisk.com image would have cardctl on it as well.
Somewhere to start anyway.
 
Old 02-06-2005, 01:58 PM   #8
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lets go for the diskectomy, then!
I found an IDE (ATA) interface cable to connect the laptop hard drive to my desktop at baazee for 500 rupees!
I'll keep you posted.
 
Old 02-06-2005, 02:05 PM   #9
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Yeah, zipzoomfly has an interface for 5 usd.
 
  


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