I'm not sure which forum i should post this in but this seems the best choice so here goes...
I've been trying to find an installation method for any distro that will work for either of these laptops:
Laptop 1 - PCG C1F - http://www.vaio-link.com/specificati...tions.asp?l=en
See Kim's page for more info. If you don't have a CD-ROM you can install Linux like I did. Prepare a Linux system on another computer and use Windows to copy a tar file to the Vaio. Then boot Linux with a floppy, shrink the Windows file system (as described on Kim's page), make a new file system on the new partition and untar Linux. You can boot Linux from floppy if the whole system is on only one disk (kernel and initrd)."
I'm new to this so that just isn't anywhere near enough information to help me out!
Upgraded to 40gb HDD (HDD removal is a pain - screw heads messed up and requires entire laptop to be dismantled - i want to avoid this)
pcmcia cd-rom drive (model no: pscd-740?)
external usb floppy (model sony pcga-ufd1)
Running OEM win98 happily. Wireless/Wired networking available via PCMCIA. External CD drive will work in 98 but i can't boot from it without an appropriate floppy boot disk.
I want to create a dual boot system on this machine.
As it only has 64MB ram i thought i should try some distros that google says work well on minimal hardware.
I've tried copying DSL to the hard drive and using loadlin to boot it as here:
but that didn't work. I dont know what options are required in the option.txt as i can't boot from the cd to find them...
I've also tried a slackware installation. I used the bare.i boot floppy but as soon as i change to the first root disk the process fails and there is a kernel panic...
I assume this is because the bios allows booting from the usb but the usb floppy doesnt work after the boot process starts...
I can access the HDD. If anyone has a bright idea how to install without using multiple floppy disks or the cd drive that would be my first choice.
If not, a method that boots from floppy to allow install from the pcmcia CD drive would be next best choice.
If not... Any method that works!
The second laptop - PCG GRX316MP - http://www.vaio-link.com/specificati...serie=-1&m=610
Running windows XP home.
Again this machine has no internal floppy drive. There is also some issue with the CD drive that means it has trouble reading some discs, and i cannot boot from CD.
If i could solve that problem, installation would be a hell of a lot easier. If not, same question - any ideas on how i can get a working distro to dual boot on this machine?
I'm open to suggestions on what distro to install. I want to do my day to day browsing, email, watch dvds and general programming - nothing too taxing.
I've got access to another XP machine, a laptop that will boot from DSL or Puppy live CD's happily and, of course, the net.